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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, Jun 2004.
 
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The Pig


78, Tianmu E Rd.
(02) 2874-0631

 

By John Chang Translated by Uvia Chang

I walked into The Pig in Tianmu looking for a little English spirit, afraid of old musty ties hanging about the bar. What I got was some thumping rock and roll greeting my ear. Singing in near perfect mimicry, the words "somebody turned around and shouted play that funky music white boy...." was DNA, the Thursday night band at The Pig.

DNA was in full swing. The dance floor was full of grooving, sweaty bodies, twisting, shaking, fist pumping, and singing along. "Is this normal, for a Taiwanese cover band?" I asked my foreign friends. "Most of the bands here are of this good quality. Especially the weekend bands are pretty good," replied Randy Maguire.

The Pig, oakey, dark and smokey comes alive at 9:30 pm every night of the week with live music. Sundays is Jazz, Latin and Bossanova with the "Taipei Jazz Express" in the afternoon and "No Pressure" taking the stage at night. Monday through Wednesday "Jack's Band," the house band, rocks with pop, '80s and blues; Thursday, it's a bit funky with "DNA,"; on Friday "Rock City" brings the roof down with hard rock and pop classics; Saturday sees more writhing bodies to the cool dance tunes performed by "Replay."

Backed by the rocking music, dart tournaments are being played out and the sport of the day is broadcast on the big screen. The ales are reasonably priced, the fish and chips are excellent, the crowd is cheery, and DNA is working on an album of original rock and roll songs in Chinese that they expect to release early next year. "We are getting ready to rock the mainland," said Jeff the lead vocalist. Well, if their performance tonight is any indication of the other bands on this beat, then The Pig is looking to be fattened up for a Christmas feast. Oh, and before I forget to tell you…the moldy ties are gone.

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