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URGENT message to my darling young Incufollowers, many of whom I know are in high school or college. Today in the library I was helping a group of college students who are researching Devils Tower National Monument. Most of them weren’t familiar with what or where it is (it’s in Wyoming, by they way), so I asked if they’d ever seen the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. No one, not one person, said yes. The greatest sci fi movie of all time, and none of these students had ever even heard of it, let alone seen it. I was shocked. If you’ve seen it, you know that the aliens land at Devils Tower, and communicate with humans using a sequence of five musical tones. I suddenly went into a secret panic, thinking that if these college students are any indication, then perhaps some of my fellow Incubus fans on Tumblr aren’t making the psychic connection between the tonal language the aliens teach us to sing in Close Encounters and the chanting sounds that Incubus sometimes uses to begin their live shows (you can hear it on the Look Alive CD). So the second I got home I went through my raw footage of last summer’s Atlanta concert and found the countdown to the beginning of the show, which combines the frogs from Aqueous Transmission with the chanting from the movie. I edited out all but a few seconds of it (but then let it roll through the opening number, Adolescents). Here it is, and here’s the corresponding scene from Close Encounters. Your assignment for this weekend, my dears, is to rent this movie (or borrow it from your public library) and watch it. Consider that an order from your Auntie Incubus. (There will not be a quiz.)

By the way, when I failed to hide my consternation today, one of the students pointed out that the reason they’d never heard of Close Encounters is because it’s “before our time.” Irrelevant. Citizen Kane was before my time, but I’ve seen it (and I hope you have, too). Anyway, my response was, “Look, I see you kids on campus all the time, and the only band shirts I ever see you in are Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Both before your time.” To which another student replied, “Yeah, but that’s different - it’s music.” Really? Okay. I learned something, which is why I love my students. I love you, too, so I’m sorry if this post sounds like it’s coming from your parents or teachers (or worse, your librarians). I never want to be like that here, but it’s Incubus lore we’re talking about, so I know you’ll understand. ♥

Incubus in Georgia, August 19, 2012

Ooh, look! I can take hair pictures too!

Ooh, look! I can take hair pictures too!

Incubus - Circles (excerpt)
Alpharetta, Georgia, August 19, 2012

I wasn’t going to post this, because the previously mentioned guy in the white hat obstructed my view of the stage, but the big screen affords some lovely close-ups. Not enough Chris, though.

I'm totally happy that you posted that video from Sunday with Brandon singing INXS. My mom and I were on the way home from the concert and were trying to remember what song it was!! :)

My pleasure! Your mom might remember that the 80s were kind of an odd time for music, but Incubus has a gift for picking out the good stuff.

Incubus - Aqueous Transmission (excerpt)
Alpharetta, Georgia, August 19, 2012

My camera always, always dies during the last song of any concert, so forgive the abrupt ending, but you’ll probably be in such a complete trance by then that there won’t be much that can bother you. Don’t stay zoned out for too long, though. As if the evening hadn’t already been awesome enough, Linkin Park was up next, and I had another memory card in my purse. More video shortly…

Incubus…

”..them and I need to collide.

I’m at it again.

I’m at it again.

As I was saying

Incubus - Need You Tonight (impromptu)
Alpharetta, Georgia, August 19, 2012

My dearest Incufans, I swear to you, the first time ever I saw the face of Brandon Boyd, my exact words were, "this dude is the hottest thing since Michael Hutchence." If you’ve never heard of the late Michael Hutchence, he was the lead singer of INXS, and the guy who inhabited the fantasies of anyone who was paying attention and had a pulse back in the late 80s. Imagine, then, the frenzy I went into when I suddenly heard the words "slide over here" come sliding out of Brandon Boyd’s mouth last Sunday night. I could barely process what was happening, and the prospect of Incubus actually taking Brandon’s seemingly impromptu suggestion that they “should totally learn that song” is still making my head spin. Here’s the clip I managed to get (it’s a miracle my camera was on and pointed in the right direction), and for your further viewing pleasure, here’s a link to the original Need You Tonight by INXS. Granted, it’s very 80s, but still, you might want to turn your A/C down a notch or two. It’s likely to get a little warm.

Incubus - Pardon Me (excerpt)
Alpharetta, Georgia, August 19, 2012

I understand that Brandon Boyd is into inkblots lately, which might explain some of the visual effects here. You be the judge, but a lot of it looks like pelvises to me. Clearly, you don’t have to be Dr. Rorschach to analyze my one-track state of mind at Incubus concerts.

Incubus - Drive (excerpt)
Alpharetta, Georgia, August 19, 2012

Incubus - A Kiss To Send Us Off
Alpharetta, Georgia, August 19, 2012

The shirt is shed and becomes the loincloth in the beginning of this one, so you’ll forgive me for finding it difficult to hold the camera steady.

Incubus - Hello (excerpt)
Alpharetta, Georgia, August 19, 2012

I’m not much of a swooner, but this was almost enough to send me hurtling down to that red earth of Tara last Sunday night, and it wasn’t just Brandon Boyd, it was ALL of them. Mike’s guitar, José’s smile…sigh. Incubus doesn’t do a lot of covers, and this is probably their most interesting choice, so just the fact that I witnessed it at all is difficult to wrap my mind around. I’m not sure what else to say about it except that every time I watch it I want a cigarette, and I don’t even smoke.

Incubus - If Not Now, When? (excerpt)
Alpharetta, Georgia, August 19, 2012

Obviously, I failed to get my act together early enough to get a closer view of the stage, but sometimes hanging back and being able to see the big picture can be a good thing. Unless, as is usually my experience, the world’s tallest person is right in front of you. I managed to dodge him for a bit, but as you’ll see, just as you’re really getting into the zen of this song, as if on cue (“…stand up and face the bright light”), he stood up (white hat) and went off somewhere. At first I feared it had ruined the video, but then it kind of cracked me up. I totally forgave him, because, you know, Incubus can have that warm fuzzy effect on me. It also didn’t hurt that he stayed gone until Linkin Park.