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  •  BAND: THE MINUS 5 VS. THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS

      The Minus 5 vs. The Young Fresh Fellows
    Minus 5 — plus one

    Busy Scott McCaughey fronts both the Minus 5 and the Young Fresh Fellows in four area gigs, with guests including REM's Peter Buck.

    By ROBIN EISGRAU
    Offoffoff.com


    Trying as best as he can to be in two places at the same time, busy guy Scott McCaughey will be fronting both the Young Fresh Fellows and the Minus 5 as they simultaneously hit the road.

    THE MINUS 5 VS. THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS

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    Both bands will be in our area this month, The Minus 5 playing Maxwell's in Hoboken on March 11 with John Wesley Harding, then headlining at the Mercury Lounge March 12. The Young Fresh Fellows play Maxwell's on March 22 with Laika and the Cosmonauts and open for the reunited Soft Boys March 24 at Irving Plaza. (If you don't feel like going out at all, you can catch the Minus 5 on Conan O'Brien on March 13).

    Both the Minus 5 and the Young Fresh Fellows are well worth checking out. Peter Buck from REM will be joining the Minus 5 as they play their neatly arranged, semi-complex tunes (his being in the band makes sense since McCaughey has toured with REM).

    Formed in the early '80s, the Seattle-based Young Fresh Fellows proudly flew the pop flag as grunge erupted and receded. Just released is the dual CD "The Young Fresh Fellows Because We Hate You Vs. The Minus 5 Let The War Against Music Begin" (on Malt/Mammoth). On the Minus 5 disc, Robyn Hitchcock contributes a colorful, imaginative bit of spoken word and on the YFF's "Because We Hate You" they kick out a raucous, infectious take on the Boyce/Hart nugget "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" and sing about Mamie, their favorite employee at Krispy Kreme donuts. Can't decide which show to check out? Then see 'em all.

    MARCH 8, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


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