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January 25, 2013 11:48 AM   Subscribe

LL Cool J, live at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, 1985 (SLYT via Ego Trip).
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posted by 2bucksplus at 11:50 AM on January 25, 2013 [5 favorites]


The 1980s extended well through the '90s in Maine, so the idea of LL Cool J performing in frigging 1985 Waterville? Damn.
posted by dunkadunc at 11:54 AM on January 25, 2013


I lasted 2 minutes.
posted by andreaazure at 11:58 AM on January 25, 2013


Great link. Inspiring to see the genesis...
posted by erebora at 12:06 PM on January 25, 2013


This is absolutely incredible. I'm pretty amazed how professional LL is in this completely vibe-less gig.
posted by alex_skazat at 12:06 PM on January 25, 2013


Radio is still my favorite LL Cool J album.
posted by mykescipark at 12:09 PM on January 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Although the end, with the announcer just starting to sing a cappella. That was awkward.
posted by alex_skazat at 12:17 PM on January 25, 2013


"Me and Roger Pinkham saw a concert last night, Earl."

"Yuh. Any good?"

"Friggin' loud. The music was weird talkin' stuff. But the oddest thing was the performah! Christ Jesus, I tell you I ain't seen nothing like it before. His skin was dahhhk, dahk brown, brothuh. Prob'ly three times as tan as a frenchman in August. How does that happen?"
posted by Mayor Curley at 12:27 PM on January 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


Colby actually had some kick ass concerts in the 80's (Bates alum here). I saw Elvis Costello with Nick Lowe and The Replacements with The Truth. Might have seen Squeeze there, too. I will now forever regret not seeing LL Cool J.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:28 PM on January 25, 2013


From the via link, "performing at a gymnasium at Colby College in Waterville, Maine for a subdued audience of adults and young children we think it’s safe to describe as hip-hop neophytes."

Yup, that about sums it up. Looks like it was a semi-educational program of some sort for the kids/families.
posted by eviemath at 12:29 PM on January 25, 2013


Reminds me of seeing Jane's Addiction in a gym at the University of Virginia in 1991. Except, of course, it was packed to the tops of the bleachers, with waves of steam rolling off the seething crowd.
posted by gottabefunky at 12:30 PM on January 25, 2013


"You see what he's doing back there? That's called scratching. And what I'm doing is called rapping." This is awesome.
posted by fungible at 12:40 PM on January 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


OMG I loved the part (13 minutes and change) when he was waving his hands in the air (back and forth) to the music and the crowd was waving hello back.
posted by Increase at 1:43 PM on January 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


/pours out an Allen's Coffee Brandy for his dead homies
posted by yerfatma at 1:43 PM on January 25, 2013 [5 favorites]


Do you see the little rugrat trying to breakdance at 22:24? That was basically me in 1985. Awesome.
posted by snottydick at 2:11 PM on January 25, 2013


what's your DJ's name?
CUT CREATOR!!
posted by porn in the woods at 3:54 PM on January 25, 2013


this is unbelievable. thank you for posting.
posted by radiosilents at 4:03 PM on January 25, 2013


I saw RUN-DMC at Colby College in the late 90s. The crowd was still pretty confused about when to wave their hands...
posted by diogenes at 6:47 PM on January 25, 2013


James Todd Smith (“Ladies Love Cool James”) was 17 years old.
posted by stbalbach at 9:21 PM on January 25, 2013


The mic drop at the end made me lol.
posted by P.o.B. at 10:04 PM on January 31, 2013


omg i've never seen this. i think its pretty cool to see him perform like this as a teen. i had his lp back in the 80's. i remember trying to scratch on it a lil lol.
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