"I Didn't Get Any Sex" - Things Overheard During the National's Set at LouFest

Steve Truesdell
The National at LouFest

Look, RFT Music knows that the National is a great band. We KNOW it. Their music -- the baritone lullaby of Matt Berninger's voice combined with sweet, eerie minor chords -- is what we like to call "bathtub music," a term that surely sounds weird to you but actually is something awesome, considering that we like to spend four hours at a time contemplating the meaning of life in our water-filled fiberglass cocoon.

Shut up. It's awesome, we swear.

See Also: Our Complete LouFest 2013 Coverage

Anyway, that's why we're really, really sorry that we don't have a proper review of the National's spectacular, hour-long set during day one of LouFest. We tried, honest!

The thing is, there were so many people saying downright bizarre things around us that we just couldn't concentrate much on the band's tunes. Instead of watching Berninger pace the stage like a frightened animal or getting lost in bassist Scott Devendorf's powerful low tones, we found ourselves writing down the inane crap that the nearby drunk, high and stupid thought important to discuss.

Below, check out some of the choice nuggets LouFest-goers shared during the National's set. Oh yeah, and we at least got the band's setlist, at the end. That's something, right?

"Got any cheeeeeeeeese?" - a woman doing a Steve Urkel (the annoying nerd on "Family Matters" who constantly barged into a family's house to hit on the oldest daughter and eat curdled milk) impression for her annoyed boyfriend. Repeatedly.

"What were you just doing, sniffing the grass?"
"I wasn't, I was stretching!"
"Oh. (Disappointed at first, but perks up) Then get it, girl, get it!" - a man and woman sitting in the grass during some super-slow song that we don't remember.

"I'm sorry to get so jealous, but I didn't get any sex last night." - some poor guy with whom we empathize but can't fully understand because we're always and forever getting all the sex, obviously. Sigh.

"I'm normal! I swear!" - a woman protesting too much as she follows a guy through the crowd.

"Ohio? God, I fucking hate Ohio." - a man complaining as the National performs "Bloodbuzz Ohio."

"I can twerk like Miley." - a man who proceeds to do a damn fine job of shaking dat ass.

"THE CARDINALS ARE WINNING!" - a man who, after several inebriated attempts to check the score on his phone, finally brings up the box score at the end of the National's set. The crowd momentarily stops saying dumb things to cheer and slosh beer while clanging bottles.

"I did miss the lobster corn dog, but how about those badgers?" - a man to his friend, who was eating nachos. We have no idea what this means. Does LouFest sell lobster corn dogs? Is eating badgers a cool thing now?

Continue for more ludicrous quotes, the setlist and a few remarks on the show.

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Oh yeah, and it was Bryan Devendorf w/ the shout-out, not Aaron, btw.


That's Roth, not Rath... And that's me.

Mychal Anne Voorhees
Mychal Anne Voorhees

Actually, I was underwhelmed by the National's performance (and I was sober). Many of the other bands this weekend blew them out of the water, as far as live performances go.

Jake Woodworth
Jake Woodworth

Jim James was in my opinion the best set of the weekend!

Katie Markert
Katie Markert

have you guys seen the picture from Lollapalooza (sp?) that went viral of the guy sticking his hand down a girls pants?? lol it couldn't have been THAT bad...

Anastasia Sasseen
Anastasia Sasseen

You hear what you want to hear! enough sad. i don't really know why I'm expecting good portion of information from RFT...sad feelings,very sad. It was a good performance overall, a lot of people came just for them.

Kristin Schell
Kristin Schell

Right after the Nationals, trying to get an upfront spot for Wilco, I overheard 5 young drunk girls asking each other "are you athletic, because your picture doesn't make you look athletic, so are you athletic?" This literally went on for about 30 minutes

Lisa Foehner
Lisa Foehner

Nothing like a bunch of drunk insane idiots slurring words and saying stupid shit when you are having a good time.

allison.babka topcommenter

@rothmcq Obama obviously created speaker distortion just to make me hear it wrong. Thanks for the correction. Fixed!

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