May 10th, 2012

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GIG 016: The La's / EAT / Trash Can Sinatras - Town & Country Club 26/05/89

GIG 016: The La's / EAT / Trash Can Sinatras - Town & Country Club 26/05/89
The La's was another band that got played quite a bit in our Sixth Form Common Room. Especially 'There She Goes' which took a few years after it was originally released to get in to the UK (and US) charts. I guess we were early adopters and trend setters at our school :p

Anyway, Donna, Tracey, Justin and myself all headed down to Kentish Town to see them live and it was actually a really good line up.

The Trash Can Sinatras were first on and were incredibly good (my favourite band of the evening) and I even brought a cassette of theirs at the show (still got it, although I haven't listened to it for years now). The main support band was EAT, whose cover of 'Summer in the City' is still a favourite track of mine. The La's themselves were enjoyable, but didn't quite do what the two support bands did for me. Enjoyable night over all though :)

Price: £5.00



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GIG 017: Fields of the Nephilim / Mary My Hope / Bambi Slam - Brixton Academy 03/06/89

GIG 017: Fields of the Nephilim / Mary My Hope / Bambi Slam - Brixton Academy 03/06/89
Fields of the Nephilim were one of my favourite bands (still are in fact) so this concert had a lot of meaning for me. My mother was nervous about me going because it was in the dreaded South London confines of Brixton (Anything south of the Thames had a bad rep in those days and Brixton worse than most due to what seemed like continual riots and crime if you believed the news). Anyway I ventureed south of the river and, whilst there was quite a lot of police on the street making sure the gig-goers didn't stray from the path, it was completely harmless.

Both Bambi Slam and Mary My Hope were fine - not as great support bands as some I'd already seen, but certainly not in the worse half either. But I was really there for one act, and one act only - The Neph.

Brixton Academy made me feel like I was at an outdoor gig, in the middle of the night, at a ruined castle or something. The ceiling was dead black, with the occasional dimmed lights up there looking like stars and the stage itself with a fantastic proscenium arch enveloping it and the sides of the stage surrounding the audience containing statues and quite ornate. With the waves of dry ice spilling over the crowd and the incredibly haunting vocals and music of the Nephilim the whole experience was so atmospheric and really fantastic. It was also the first gig that I was part of one of the legendary 'Goth Pyramids' that were very popular. It certainly cemented the Nephilim even further as one of my favourite bands and also as one of the very best live acts I had, and have, seen.

Price: £6.00




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GIG 018: Ghost Dance / Romeo Suspect / Milk Monitors - Town & Country Club 15/06/89

GIG 018: Ghost Dance / Romeo Suspect / Milk Monitors - Town & Country Club 15/06/89
I remember buying a couple of friends tickets for this as an engagement present and it was a great evening out with Stuart, Neil, Duncan and a bunch of slightly older guys than me that I gamed with. I actually blame Stuart for introducing me to a lot of the goth bands at the time through playing cassettes in his car.

This was the second time I'd seen Ghost Dance and with the first time having completely blown me away I was a little worried they wouldn't live up to my expectations and memories a second time. Completely needlessly though because of course they were as brilliant live as I remembered.

The support bands weren't great though - Romeo Suspect weren't great and I actually missed most of the Milk Monitors so have no real idea what they were like at all.

Price: £6.00



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GIG 019: Romeo's Daughter / 3 Rivers - Marquee 12/07/89

GIG 019: Romeo's Daughter / 3 Rivers - Marquee 12/07/89
I almost didn't make it to see Romeo's Daughter. There was a tube strike and I had to bus it in to the centre of London and then managed to get a night bus part of the way home before having to walk the remainder of the 3 or 4 miles.

Romeo's Daughter were about to have a track in one of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies and were getting a load of press. I'm also pretty sure that Bruce Dickinson (or Iron Maiden) was Managing them, or atleast somehow involved with the band, which was getting them some extra spotlight too. In any case, I braved the travel chaos and headed down to The Marquee on Charing Cross Road which was rapidly becoming a regular haunt of mine.

Both Romeo's Daughter and 3 Rivers were pretty good that night but were playing to an usually sparse Marquee crowd (it seems that I was one of the few who still decided to venture out that evening) - although Bruce Dickinson himself was there in the crowd (got to say hello but not much more). I think this was also possibly the first gig I actually went to all by myself, and not knowing anyone else who was going.

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GIG 020: Spacemen 3 / EAT / Shy Reptiles / Prime Mover - Town & Counrty Club 23/07/89

GIG 020: Spacemen 3 / EAT / Shy Reptiles / Prime Mover - Town & Counrty Club 23/07/89
I'm not entirely sure how I ended up at this gig. I suspect it was probably because of EAT and also Tracey and Donna were going. To be honest I can't remember much about this one at all. Spacemen 3 were apparently pretty good (according to my notes of the gig) and EAT were alright but not as good as we'd seen them a couple of months before when supporting The La's (GIG 016). Of the other two support bands it seems Shy Reptiles was slightly better than Prime Mover - but I have no recollection of either of them now at all!

Price: £5.50