I liked your comparison of joie de vivre show to that of Mineral. But let me assure you missing a Mineral show is a blessing in disguise. I saw Mineral when they toured with the get up kids in I think 98. I was 17. In fact if you look up Gloria on you tube I am in the video, singing along. I distinctly remember with the exception of that song, they were horrible live. So much so I heard the same sentiment from almost everyone there. It was quite a let down from a group that adored that album.
I’ve only seen the video of them playing the Fireside Bowl in ‘96 and an acoustic video. The band sounded alright during the Fireside set, but Chris’ vocals were pretty rough in both of those videos. If they were having an off night, I can see them sounding pretty bad and that would probably bum me out the next time I listened to The Power Of Failing. Did you feel like you couldn’t listen to them the same way after that?
(Luckily Joie De Vivre sounds great live, better than on the album even, so maybe I should change that intro to “seeing a good Mineral show”).