Author Topic: TV, Damned, Penetration, Yobs, 999 Play Rebellion: Kentish Town, London 13.12.08  (Read 42917 times)

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Fairly mixed reviews. Good to hear TV, 999 and Penenetration were on good form.  :D
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I think the Damned made the mistake of playing the same set they play at their "normal" gigs, instead of changing to a set which would fit more to a "punk festival"...  :-\
Btw, "There'll come a day" is far from a new song (80's as well).
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Sorry for the delay...

We got down to the Forum just as The Shapes were taking the stage - good guitarist - worth catching for the well known songs and their novelty value. Sorry we missed the pub, but Alan went out of his way to pick me up - and was rewarded with horrendous driving conditions and a slow crawl down to London! Seriously - many thanks for your generosity Alan!

TV Smith was up next - YE HA!

Now this was a set expertly crafted to fill his short time allocation for a general crowd:

No Time to Be 21
Safety in Numbers
Great British Mistake

Wow - those openers make up for a lack of Adverts at Earthbound!

Immortal Rich
Expensive Being Poor - wah hay - sing-a-long-a-smithy continues!

Lord's Prayer
Cast of Thousands

Time for a quick anti-Xmas rant - and a highly enthusiastic response from the TUTS'S favourite pagan (as captured by Alan on YouTube).

In the Arms of My Enemy - "I have a new album out if you are looking for a Xmas present!" Oh, TV! How could you? "Got to make a living boy" he tells me in his best Fagin impression after the show!

You know it's coming - Gary Gilmore's Eyes
Bored Teenagers

and One Chord Wonders!

Phew!

A good crowd - better than some bands before or after him - nice one Teev! Merry Bloody Xmas!

Novelty act The Radio Stars are up next - bloody hell. I'd forgotten that they had some catchy tunes - and a singer old enough to have been in John's Children with Marc Bolan in the 60's! For a man Charlie Harper's age he was fantastically athletic - in and out the crowd, climbing up the balcony, etc. Far from everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed them. They were there for a laugh - "We're not real punks" they said at the start. No! You would never have guessed!

"The Yobs" Alan had heard were actually just John and Casino and a young scandinavian band - too much posing, not enough rehearsal and guitars far too loud so everything else was covered by their distortion meant that they were largely wasting everyone's time I thought. They reverted to The Boys for First Time at the end, so that pleased most...

999 - I have never seen them play better or go down so well - great show guys!

The Subs had Alvin on bass and turned in a quality show - I enjoyed them a lot.

Penetration were up next - seems like every time I see them now they have a new member - the rhythm guitarist has been replaced since I last saw them. Some new songs, a very poppy new single and some old classics - they played well and deservedly went down well.

Now the "leg end" that is Johnny Moped did turn up - I liked the band - great guitar work. I was never a huge fan of them first time around, but I liked their Hot Rods style of boogie. Johnny himself looked like a bin-man and struggled to uncoil the microphone (in fact he failed!), so he resorted to staying in one spot and shaking his lower arms a lot - dynamic or what?!

Now what can I say about The Damned?

They came.

They played.

They pissed quite a few people off - and then pretended it hadn't happened!

The set list:

There'll Come a Day
Neat Neat Neat
Under the Wheels
Fan Club - wah hey!
Diamonds - catchy little pop song that one!
Democracy
Under the Floor
Love Song
Second Time Around
A curtailed Curtain Call - still great
New Rose
and Dark Asteroid:

Oh dear!
The prolonged Pink Floyd Introduction...
The prolonged song... (fine in itself - sounded better live than on CD I thought)
The prolonged, prolonged, prolonged, prolonged, prolonged drumming - the Captain even moved his mike to talk to the crowd - and then returned to "drumming" without realising for some time that he hadn't put the mike back! "This is a new direction for us" the Captain told us at the start. The wrong one we thought!

As has been reported elsewhere it eventually stopped and...

...the tumbleweed blew over the stage.

The roadies tried to promote some response...

Devilish Presley's guitarist tried to promote some enthusiasm...

Eventually the Captain sheepishly returned and half-heartedly joked "Who was that?"

No response...

"You'll like this one" he said. And we did:

Stretcher Case Baby
Ignite
Smash it up - Parts One and Two.

So that was that.

Yeah, they won us back.

A dash for the tube follows.

As I said, sorry we missed the pub and you couldn't talk in there, but good to see so many TUTS and wish them all a Merry Bloody Xmas!
TV SM!TH - for the beer and the company! (AND great songs too!)

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Novelty act The Radio Stars are up next - bloody hell. I'd forgotten that they had some catchy tunes - and a singer old enough to have been in John's Children with Marc Bolan in the 60's! For a man Charlie Harper's age he was fantastically athletic - in and out the crowd, climbing up the balcony, etc. Far from everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed them. They were there for a laugh - "We're not real punks" they said at the start. No! You would never have guessed!

First singer I can ever recall seeing live. In Jet back in '75.
"Deep inside you know it's right to lean towards the light"

Tj Sundown
Leaning towards the Starlight