Suzanne Vega Performing Luka Live in 1986

Reviewing Lin’s Telling It Like It Is blog and the articles she has in it reminded me of this song, a haunting account of child abuse.

This clip is from a Japanese Laserdisc of her 1986 Royal Albert Hall performance.


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2008-08-03 05:37:31

I adored Suzanne Vega’s debut album, the one that had this track Luka. Never quite enjoyed her other stuff as much as that, but she’s very talented.

One disappointment though … In the early Eighties I got a bootleg of one of her shows (this was back in the time when bootlegs came on cassette tapes with photocopied covers). Wonderful concert, and I listened to it constantly.

A couple of months later I saw her live, at the tail end of her tour. Not only did she play exactly the same songs as the bootleg; not only did she play them in the same order; she made the same comments, the same jokes, the same “spontaneous asides” … note for note, word for word. Talk about phoning it in!

Comment by jfc
2008-08-04 11:04:03

Hi Pest (that doesn’t sound right, does it :) ),

It may be surprising but some performers have serious stage fright and make the show as controlled as possible. They have a script to go by while on stage. When something gets screwed up, they’re totally lost.

As for me, when I perform, which has been at most for about 100-200 people, I tend to just wing it beyond a simple set list.

2008-08-04 15:38:12

Oh don’t worry, I’ve been called far worse things, particularly by my wife. ;-)

That’s a very likely explanation about stage fright. Suzanne Vega has always struck me as very shy and retiring, and I can imagine it’s an effort to get out there in front of a crowd.

BTW, what kind of music do you play?

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Comment by jfc
2008-08-04 15:46:20

What kind of music?

Well, if you ask my wife…. :)

There’s a link to some of my recordings on my about page. I mainly play stuff that’s kind of at the intersection of blues, country and rock.

2008-08-05 01:46:31

Sounds like just the kind of music I like … I’ll go take a listen. Thanks.

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