The Popstream: Lifter Puller, "The Candy Machine and My Girlfriend"
Maybe it's a rights issue or something, but for a band that everyone claims to have seen live at some point -- including but not limited to that legendary, Triple Rock-christening reunion set back in 2003 (which I was at, swear to god) -- the visual evidence of Lifter Puller's heyday is pretty scarce. Most of the results for 'em on YouTube pull up fan-made videos, including this bizarre tribute to "Nassau Coliseum" consisting pretty much entirely of imageboard memes and this production from some students at Hopkins High School -- but there's one fascinating exception. It's a noisy, largely obstructed but unmistakable clip of the original lineup performing The Entertainment and Arts EP selection "The Candy Machine and My Girlfriend"... on a riverboat. This gig, which I think might be from sometime around summer 1998 (though I can't be positive), was part of a double bill with Dillinger Four, who set up a Mississippi River booze cruise to celebrate the release of Midwestern Songs of the Americas. It's a shame there's not a better shot of the band or their surroundings -- seriously! It's Lifter Puller! On a riverboat! In 1998! -- but I'm grateful there's this much, at least.
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