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The Raconteurs to Black Lips: Thou Shall Not Spit

In an interview with MTV, Atlanta flower punks Black Lips revealed that they got a list of things they aren’t allowed to do on stage during their tour with the Raconteurs. The most egregious on the list? No spitting.


The band, of course, isn't harboring any ill feelings toward the Raconteurs; they're happy for the exposure. "We absolutely appreciate The Raconteurs taking us on tour with them," Lips guitarist Ian St. Pe told MTV, who also said the Lips were asked not to set guitars on fire and not to touch the monitors.


This news probably came hard to singer/guitrist Cole Alexander, who has perfected the “spit in the air and catch it in your mouth” routine over the last few years. Plus, no setting guitars on fire? No touching monitors? Are The Raconteurs on a rock tour, or on a touring museum exhibit tour?

At any rate, the Lips can go back to their old tricks since their tour with The Raconteurs has only two more dates: tonight in Columbus, Ohio, at the LC Amphitheatre, and tomorrow night at Cincinnati at National City Pavilion. [MTV]

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Dude was spitting at the second night here in NYC. The Racoteurs are just no fun!

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Maybe they were having a bad night, but when I saw the Black Lips open for the Racs in Boston last Tuesday, my friend and I (huge rock fans going way back) couldn't stop laughing. They were so bad, you had to laugh. Every song sounded alike and had the same 4/4 beat, the drummer made the same crazy jungle noises in every song, all the guitars including the bass were *strummed* rather than picked (yawwwwn), and the lyrics were ridiculous (


The Black Lips have been doing the spitting trick this entire tour, so obviously the Raconteurs don't mind that much.


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I saw the first Detroit show and Cole spit all night, usually catching it on his cheek.


I just saw the Black Lips open for the Raconteurs last night, they were awful, its not just you Elizabeth. If you want some real rock and roll the Raconteurs obliterate the Black Lips in that category. They are probably just sick of the Black Lips sucking so bad before they go on.


I saw them the first night in Detroit. I thought they were horrible. The same song over and over, same drumbeat. At one point they did the same song again, only slowed down, it seemed. Part of the time i was laughing, part of the time i was just grossed out by guy in the huge pants getting spit all over himself and his microphone. Oh, and the few guitar solo's they did... if you can call them guitar solos... The one bit where the guy played with that mic with all the delay on it was cool for about 30 seconds, the first time...


Yeah, they were a bit annoying in DC as well. The songs all sounded the same, the bass players strap kept falling off, and the effects got boring REALLY quickly. They kept trying to make sounds that would resemble something like an alien ship I guess, and tried to get everyone to hold their hands in the air and shake them about. I passed. I was at the bar, you see. They seem to realize they aren't terribly great. The guy said


The Black Lips were terrible musically but you just felt so drawn to their little-kid charm you couldn't stop from watching and tapping your feet. They were funny as hell too, purposely or not.


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