Mike Skinner: Fit and He Knows It

The Streets show tonight at Webster Hall was beyond awesome. This show was 1000x better than the last time I saw them at Irving Plaza. First off, Mike Skinner insisted on getting the audience drunk, pulling out a bottle of whiskey, climbing atop the barricade and pouring it into the mouths of the kids in the crowd. Whhhaaatt??!?!

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Mikey was looking fit, decked out in a pristine pair of his limited edition Reebok Classics sneakers dubbed the “Streets Workouts” (see above — only 300 made, 50 for sale), a white undershirt, Levis 501 jeans, Gucci belt, and tastefully dripping in some impressive bling (see below). [EDITOR’S NOTE: Read my correction on the labeling of the photo]
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SET LIST
Pranging’ Out/ Don’t Mug Yourself/ Let’s Push Things Forwad/ All Goes Out the Window/ Same Old Thing/ It’s Too Late/ Could Well Be In/ Too Much Brandy/ When You Wasn’t Famous/ Never Went to Church/ Turn the Page/ War of the Sexes/ Has It Come to This/ Blinded By the Lights/ Weak Become Heroes/ Dry Your Eyes. ENCORE: Fit But You Know It

There were some snippets of “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” by Arctic Monkeys and “Don’t Cha?” by the Pussycat Dolls sung during the show, and Mikey kept mentioning various thoughts on the joys of poker and how he’s going to do the New York City Marathon this year in November. This was part of the reasoning behind pouring liquor into the audience–he was attempting to eliminate competition by getting other NYC marathon runners wasted. He also kept asking the audience, “DO YOU TRUST ME?” Yes we do Mike, yes we do.

Other memorable moments of this, the last night of the Streets tour, included Mikey demanding the audience on the ballroom floor to get “low” (meaning squat down) when the drummer stood up, and then leap up into the air and jump around when he sat. He threw a plastic cup full of vodka into the mezz, hitting some kid in the head. Later I heard the kid say it bounced off his head, but he still got alcohol in his mouth.

He put the mic up to some girl in the front row and asked her to give him some advice for training for the marathon. She slurred, “Your fit, but you know it!” Then Mikey said, “I have no idea what you just said.” Then he put the mic up to her again and she screamed something like, “WE LOOOOVEEE YOUUUU MIIIKEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYY!” to which he said, “You’re scaring me,” as he took the microphone back and launched into “Fit But You Know It.”

He proceeded to demand that the bottle of vodka and the bottle of whiskey be completely emptied out by the end of the song…No IDs necessary thanks to your friendly local bartender, Mikey Skinner.

During the song almost everyone on stage took of their shirts. When the backup singer threw his into the audience, the guy behind me caught it, and then when he threw Mikey’s into the crowd I saw a man LEAP into the air and snatch it. Mikey didn’t jump from the balcony, like he’s done a few times on the tour, but he did jump into the crowd from the stage…shirtless. Mikey Skinner is THE SEX.

BTW, the ladies weren’t the only one thinking that…I saw some dude throw his arm around the guy next to him and the side hug-ie stopped dancing and gave him a weird look. When I told Jeff about what I’d just witnessed, he said, “the guy behind me also did that.” Whatzup manlove at the Streets?

Speaking of “manlove”, check out more reviews over at Music Snobbery.

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21 thoughts on “Mike Skinner: Fit and He Knows It”

  1. Laura that first picture is like the awesomest thing I’ve ever seen. I’m jealous you took it.

    Also, do you think maybe his stepping up his performance several notches is a response to all of those people who’ve been accusing him of “losing his edge”? Not that I agree with them but still…

  2. Alot of you kids are going to be shit out of luck when the world wakes up to the fact that most “bloggers” are barely literate 20 somethings with bad taste in music.

  3. are people who are unecessarily bitter and nasty on the internet like this in real life i wonder

  4. nah, just when we stumble onto banal,soulless “blogs” that write this shite like punk never happened or something….

    If this article was written in 1989 it would be about Poison.

  5. Who else could get a bunch of new yorker’s to play simon says?

    I’ll jump for you anytime, Mike.

    Thanks for the pics!
    n

  6. RE: “Mikey Skinner is THE SEX”.
    I love The Streets. But THE SEX is THE SEX.
    And always has been, since they were, like, 12.
    Their new album “Wake Up And Smell The Parents” is at infinitycat.com, home of Be Your Own Pet, Jeff, Cake Bake Betty and The Sex.
    okay then!

  7. do you really think mike skinner is attractive?

    fucking hell! you should come to England, the place is just crawling with disgusting little skally whiteboys pretending to be rappers.

  8. i was at the show in the second row and (unfortunately ) missed free shots but other than that rocked my ass off. I came alone and met two other people there alone and we hit it off. Making life long friendships at the STREETS

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