Attention Must Be Paid, Y’all: Drive-By Truckers weekend setlist analysis!

HOLY SHIT I KNEW THE DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS NEVER USED A SETLIST BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THEY MIGHT ALMOST NEED TO TO GET THE INCREDIBLE VARIETY BETWEEN THE TWO SETS THEY PLAYED AT THE 9:30 CLUB THIS WEEKEND ATTENTION MUST BE PAID HERE IS THE EVIDENCE THEY ONLY REPEATED SEVEN SONGS OUT OF A 28/9-SONG SET EACH NIGHT WOW.

Position Friday 2/18 Saturday 2/19
START 10:25 p.m. 10:25 p.m.
1 Ray’s Automatic Weapon The Boys from Alabama
2 TwoThree Dimes Down Where the Devil Don’t Stay
3 Life in a Factory* Do It Yourself
4 Uncle Frank Gravity’s Gone
5 Puttin’ People on the Moon The Company I Keep
6 Pulaski Pin Hits the Shell
7 Dancing Ricky Sink Hole
8 Heathens Self-Destructive Zones
9 One of These Days Go-Go Boots
10 (Something’s Got to) Give Pretty Soon Birthday Boy
11 Cartoon Gold Dancing Ricky Where’s Eddie?
12 Box of Spiders Sands of Iwo Jima
13 Carl Perkins’s Cadillac 72 (This Highway’s Mean)
14 Feb. 14 Everybody Needs Love
15 Get Downtown A Ghost to Most
16 (It’s Gonna Be) I Told You So Dead Drunk and Naked
17 Go-Go Boots Guitar Man Upstairs
18 The Weakest Man – Panties in Your Purse (medley) Hell No, I Ain’t Happy
19 Nine Bullets (encore break)
20 Women Without Whiskey Used to Be a Cop
21 Play It All Night Long Cartoon Gold
22 (encore break) Bulldozers and Dirt
23 Where’s Eddie? I Hear You Hummin’ Love Like This
24 Used to Be a Cop Mercy Buckets
25 Marry Me Marry Me
26 Let There Be Rock Let There Be Rock
27 Zip City Shut Up and Get on the Plane
28 Mercy Buckets Lookout Mountain
29 People Who Died
END 1:05 a.m. 12:55 a.m.
Patterson Hood songs 14 14
Mike Cooley songs 13 12
Shonna Tucker songs 2 1

*Dedicated by Patterson to “the guy who sang it two years ago this weekend,” when Patterson was down with pneumonia and the band played without him, as I detailed here and discussed with him 11 months later here and with Cooley about a year after that here. Why no, I don’t think I have any kind of a problem. Why do you ask me that?

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3 responses to “Attention Must Be Paid, Y’all: Drive-By Truckers weekend setlist analysis!

  1. I like imagining each set of songs as a face-off elimination bracket. The toughest choice to me is “Birthday Boy” vs. “Something’s Got to Give.”

  2. If that’s a tough call for you, I clearly have neglected to provide “Something’s Got to Give” its due consideration. I think I’ve listened to “Birthday Boy” more than any other song released in 2010.

  3. I hear ya. “Birthday Boy” may in fact be one of the best songs ever. I’ve been caught listening to it on repeat on quite a few occasions.

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