May 13th, 2012

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GIG 026 - King Swamp / MDMA - Marquee 05/09/89

GIG 026 - King Swamp / MDMA - Marquee 05/09/89
I think I may have said it before (back at GIG 009) but I am so pleased I got to see King Swamp live when they were around. They were a great band, and vastly under appreciated. Luckily we got to see them a second time, again at the great Marquee Club on Charing Cross Road. This time the group swelled with Simon, Penny, Tracey, Monty, Pat and Sara all coming along for the gig.

MDMA (who went on to change their name to Utah Saints), supporting, were ok but nothing special whilst King Swamp were, once again, really good. I only got to see them one final time (GIG 067) but this one was probably the best time I saw them.

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GIG 027 - Claytown Troupe / Wurlitzer One / Helter Skelter - Marquee 12/09/89

GIG 027 - Claytown Troupe / Wurlitzer One / Helter Skelter - Marquee 12/09/89
Claytown Troupe are another band that I used to see a fair bit and was always surprised they didn't make it bigger than they eventually did. They got a string of great support slots (The Cult, Wonderstuff, Jesus Jones, etc), got their videos played on TV, but for whatever reason didn't break out beyond gaining a loyal following.

They were damn fine live. This was the second time I'd seen them (previously they were the opening act for The Rose of Avalanche at ULU - GIG 007) and they impressed me even more the second time round, headlining obviously suited them. Unfortunately both of the support bands they had on this occasion sucked.

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GIG 028 - Dare / Garrison - Astoria 18/10/89

GIG 028 - Dare / Garrison - Astoria 18/10/89
A couple of months before this gig Dare had been headlining the Marquee now, a a couple of blocks up the road, they were headlining the much bigger Astoria... and packing it out *and* having some very special guests turn up for a couple of tracks.

Dare were one of those bands that grew quickly in popularity but didn't reallyu make a dent on the radar for most people. It's always odd when that happens, when you get a band that is selling out decent sized venues but most of your friends, and the population in general, have never heard of them. Anyway, it didn't matter to me then and it doesn't really matter now - although there are a bunch of bands I've seen over the years whom I really wish had achieved greater success and longevity as they were bloody good. Dare is kinda in this category for me. Very pleased I managed to catch them when they were about.

Oh, the special guests I mentioned? Europe (aka 'Final Countdown') joined them for a couple of tracks.

Price: £6.00




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GIG 029: Ghost Dance / Imperfect Disaster / James Ray Band - Town & Country Club 20/10/89

GIG 029: Ghost Dance / Imperfect Disaster / James Ray Band - Town & Country Club 20/10/89
Another trip to Kentish Town's Twn & Country Club to see (once again) Ghost Dance. Once again they were fantastic - consistently one of the best bands I'd ever see live and on this occasion (if I ignore Imperfect Disaster who were poor to middling at best) they had the James Ray Band in support and I was already a big fan of James Ray (he was the singer on The Sisterhood album 'The Gift' that many people mistook for Andrew Eldricth out of The Sisters of Mercy) so big bonus for me :)

Being a Friday night, and being young enough not to let having to go to work the next morning stop me, we all headed down to Catacombs in Manor House afterwards. The Catacombs was my favourite club for years - very goth/indie, pretty small, but an absolutely fantastic atmosphere and clientele :)

Price: £6.00



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GIG 030: Tilt / Q Lazzarus - Marquee 06/11/89

GIG 030: Tilt / Q Lazzarus - Marquee 06/11/89
This was one of those 'we're bored and it's Monday' moments were we decided to head down to The Marquee and watch some bands. I was with Jim and Nick for this one. Tilt were ok at best and I apparently really wasn't keen on Q Lazzarus. Tilt must have vanished into nothingness as I can't find anything about them online but Q Lazzarus apparently had some success (mainly with Goodbye Horses) which appeared on a couple of film soundtracks and also some computer games.

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