By Dan Emmons
Have you ever seen the 1984 classic movie Revenge of the Nerds? If so, you have a pretty decent idea of the sound and show that Django Django puts on. Subtract the electric violin and implement over-the-top percussion and rallying choruses. Keep the light show and sprinkle in a pinch of high hat. If you have not seen the film, the description need not go past their wardrobe. Black button up “Hawaiian-style” shirts with plain black pants had the group looking “geek-chic to” match their 80’s dance pop- influenced sound. However, Django Django might be the most popular “nerds” ever!
This past Friday, Union Transfer was full of fans from the age of 15 to 55 to see the UK act. It was harder to grab a spot with a view of the stage than picking the new Pope! The diversity in age was certainly eye opening, but didn’t seem to hinder anyone’s good time. This might have been the most polite show I have ever been to, plenty of courtesy but that is not to say that their fans were not loud and proud when the time called for it.
As part of their North American tour, Django Django stopped in Philly after a show in New York and on their way to Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, and out west. David Maclean (drums), Vincent Neff (vocals & guitar), Jimmy Dixon (bass) and Tommy Grace (synthesizer), played tracks of their self-titled album release that reached 33rd on UK album charts, to the stage show and lighting done by Kim Coleman. The show itself was engulfing, and the crowd left happy. With the show ending at 11:30pm the only thing missing was what to do with the rest of the night!