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Glenn Dixon’s take on the Aug. 6 appearance of the Beautiful South at Merriweather Post Pavilion as the opening act for the Barenaked Ladies (“Blame Canada,” 8/13) was right on the money. Beautiful South fans in D.C. have had to put up with a lot over the years: waiting four years or more between live appearances, never hearing the band on the radio, not being able to purchase records without paying import prices, having the local Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper act as if the band didn’t exist. We can now add to that list the pain of sitting through a Barenaked Ladies show. Enduring two hours’ worth of tuneless novelty songs (including one about baked beans that was performed twice, ha ha), oh-so-hip-and-“ironic” covers of Phil Collins, Cher, and Celine Dion tunes, and sub-David Letterman comic schtick complete with “offstage” video footage was a high price to pay to see one of the world’s most brilliant bands serve as an opening act, but, as Dixon noted, the Beautiful South’s performance was well worth it.

Adams Morgan