YORK CITY SOUTH
Lightly sketching gig going lifetime. Turn it up loud.
|July 20. x Albino PAvement Clark / Fall Ted C' x|
|September 10 / 11,2009. Deaf Scool's 35th anniversary celebrations start with London gigs at Camden's Dublin Castle and Islington's Garage.|
|September 3,2009. Spizz's 30th Anniversary celebration gig at London's 100 Club. The man of many fossil fuel persona celebrates 30 years in music.|
|October 14, 2008. Ted Chippington, man with a cold, returns to London, supported by Dazzer Nightingale and Matt Ex-Nightingale. The Fall never sounded so good. Better than ever.|
September 14 2007.
"There are only 2 groups that matter to come out of Liverpool, The Beatles and Deaf School" – Paul Du Noyer.
Think Roxy Music, Madness, Debbie Harry, Manhattan Transfer(?), & Robert Wyatt's Shipbuilding.
It was probably the oldest gig crowd I’ve been in, I swore I saw a few pensioners. Down the front was a rotund Spizz, at the back the French parents and entourage of the support act.
The band ambled on stage through the audience.
Enrico Cadillac Jnr, fulfilled a 30 year ambition of looking like a 50 year old spiv.
Bette wore a demure business style trouser suit (although she could have still fitted into her 1970s red leather dress).
I had to look closely to confirm it was Ian Ritchie, not his son, on sax. The years hadn’t been so kind to Eric Shark, but nothing would stop him from being there.
Although 30 years old, the music was still as essential as ever, albeit a little rusty in places. The set, drawn largely from the first 2 LPs, was over far too quickly.
The front 3 took turns in the spotlight, Enrico has lost non of his stage presence since he first stepped on stage many years ago.
Hanger, standing in the background, brought the gig to a halt when his glasses flew off midway through his guitar solo and 4 band members took to hands and knees to retrieve them from the stage floor.
Ian Ritchie’s sax was as infectious as ever despite his time on Roger Walters' world tour".
TBBM, a 20 something who'd been given the 1st Deaf School LP only a few months previous, left as enthused as those who'd seen DS in the 70s & 80s.
Highlights – throughout. Lowlights? – the thought I might never ever see them live again.
Live in again September 2009 in London & Liverpool.
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|February 2/ 3, 2007. Ted Chippington returns to London after so many years. The second night, hosted by Stewart Lee, being a fundraiser for his long awaited 4 CD box set, possibly still available from Big Print. A largely twenty something audience guffawed their way a procession of comedians including Simon Munnery's caretaker, Josie Long, Phil Jupitus, Simon Astell, Alan Parker and more. They couldn't differentiate Robert Lloyd from Ted Chippington and seemed totally bemused when Ted did his act at the end.|
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|1995. The Ramones farewell London concert and Sex Pistols first reunion in Hammersmith. Rotten danced like your Dad at your 18th birthday party and even then, I wouldn't like to meet the other 3 down a dark alleyway.|
|Early 90s. The Ramones got faster withage and perfecetd the stripping off of leather jackets mid song.|
|1991/2. The Cocteau Twins (Utrecht). Never my cup of tea, but as I was in Holland and so were they, I went along. Being tall and standing at a gig in England, I came easily see above heads across to the stage. However, I felt like a midget in Holland, everyone seemed about 4 inches taller, even the girls were blocking my view. Also saw Roddy Frame and / or Aztec Camera in Amsterdam's Paradiso. Has he ever written a bad song>?|
|July 31 1989. Night before becoming a house (flat) owner saw James supported by Edward Barton at London's Marquee. Madman Barton used a carrot as plectrum.|
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|May 1985. The Clask - UK busking tour. First night outside The Minster, drinking in The York Arms. Then 3 more gigs, time may have muddled the order, but I think, Wednesday in St Sampson's Square and King's Square, Thursday lunchtime in St John's Car Park. Highlights included,"I Fought The Law", Joe singing to the cat statue in Kings Square and "Straight To Hell". Pity about their next LP.|
|Early 80s. York's one serious attempt at an outdoor festival. Echo And The Bunnymen headline on The Knavesmire.|
|1982 (About). The Fall. Finally got to like The Fall when I saw them for a third time. Also saw U2 three times at The Uni around the same time, didn't get them.|
|Spring 1979. The Cramps. I might be wrong about the exact date, but otherwise a night to remember. Terrific early set from The Cramps. They'd brought their own support act, the venue had also arranged a third band. The Cramps wouldn't let the venue support act play. I'm sure they'd headlined at short notice when the headliners dropped out. If it was, it was The Invaders, a north London band in the same vein as the Cramps, who within months had mutated into Madness.|
|December 29, 1978. Pop Club Christmas Party. Cyanide & Sema 4, great gig, great bands. RIP Bob, Jock & Steve.|
|December 22, 1978. Joy Division at The Revolution. Ace. I tell everyone I saw the Human League supporting them, I suspect it was in reality someone else from Sheffield, like Cabaret Voltaire.|
|November 16, 1978. 2 gigs in an evening. Ultravox at The Pop Club and then a quick bike ride across town to see John Cooper Clarke at The Revolution.|
|December 4, 1978. UK Subs (Pop Club). New band, set over in 20 minutes, each song faster than the last. Set repeated for encore. Second encore was a third set rendition. By the end, guitar and bass players were both playing on top of their amp stacks and the stage was full of the audience.|
|September 1978. Cyanide open the Pop Club.|
|Various around then. The council's attempt at pop, open air in The Museum Gardens during the Mystery Play season, The Jam at The Cat's Whiskers and similar, but not as good.|
|November 74. First proper gig. Sparks (high in the charts), supported by Pilot (number one within 3 months) at York University.|
|Various. School hops, the name Robin Trower stands out, don't remember a thing about the music, not because of anything consumed, just a rubbish band. Rumour had it that Hawkwind were the headliners a couple of years previous.|
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