May 17th, 2012

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GIG 031: Under Neath What / And The Generals Ran Forever / The Otherside - Marquee 10/11/89

GIG 031: Under Neath What / And The Generals Ran Forever / The Otherside - Marquee 10/11/89
I believe I was at this one with Nick, Alex, Mat and Simon. Under Neath What were fronted by a New Yorker (Andy) who teamed up with a couple of Brits to launch Under Neath What on to the world. According to rumour at the time the band were all living in a squat in South London. They got some press coverage in the Indie music press (Sounds, NME, Melody Maker, etc) and certainly played quite a few gigs both headlining themselves at smaller venues such as The Marquee as well as supporting larger bands on UK tours (they supported The Fields of The Nephilim).

I still have an old cassette of theirs that I was given at one of the gigs and also had the Firebomb Telecom 7" single.

This gig was actually pretty good as apart from Under Neath What the bill also consisted of And The Generals Ran Forever and The Otherside and all three bands were good live - which was nice as I was beginning to relaise that more often than not many support acts were at best average and at worst... well, bloody awful.

No idea what happened to the other two bands (although I did see both again) but Under Neath What eventually split up when Andy moved back to the States - and then reformed in the mid 2000's only to completely vanish just as quickly.

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GIG 032: Clannad / Mary Kelly - Hammersmith Odeon 01/12/89

GIG 032: Clannad / Mary Kelly - Hammersmith Odeon 01/12/89
This was my the last of '89 - the year when I properly hit the gig scene with a passion that was only to grow stronger. I'd been to 27 gigs over the course of the year (compared to 5 in 1988 and only one in 1987).

Wrapping up the year was my second Clannad concert (the first being back in May of '89 - GIG 014) and my second trip to Hammersmith Odeon. I went with Will and Adam and Clannad were, once again, very good. Hammersmith was not as atmospheric as The Royal Albert Hall (where I'd seen them previusly) but they put on a great live set and I went away happy.

Price: £9.00




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GIG 033: Creaming Jesus / Scat Opera / Chunk - Marquee 07/01/90

GIG 033: Creaming Jesus / Scat Opera / Chunk - Marquee 07/01/90
I'm not sure why it had taken me so long to see Creaming Jesus again. I'd seen them back in May '89 supporting Dawn After Dark (GIG 015) and they had blown everyone else off the stage that night. This was my first gig of 1990, a new decade, and a great way to launch what was going to be a very intense ten years of live music for me. MY co-conspirators for the night were Nick, Donna, Adam, Rachel and Steve.

Creaming Jesus once again blew me away, Scat Opera were so-so and Chunk were pretty good.

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GIG 034: Medicine Factory / Trash / Wild Poppies / World of Music - Marquee 10/01/90

GIG 034: Medicine Factory / Trash / Wild Poppies / World of Music - Marquee 10/01/90
'Grebo' was a made-up scene by papers such as the NME and Melody Maker to categorise a number of bands around in the late 80's such as Neds Atomic Dustbin, Wonder Stuff, PWEI, Gaye Bykers on Acid, etc, and attracted a lot of the same crowd that were into post-punk and goth. The Medicine Factory fell in to this category (although I don't actually recall the word Grebo being used at the time for any of those bands) . I only saw Medicine Factory this one time, and whilst they didn't blow me away they were pretty good and certainly the best of the bunch on this occasion. I wish I'd actually seen them again as, listening to the video I attached to this entry, I quite like them :p

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GIG 035: The Otherside / Giant International / Angel Hearts - Marquee 14/01/90

GIG 035: The Otherside / Giant International / Angel Hearts - Marquee 14/01/90
I remember this gig mainly because Nick really liked Giant International. Good reason too as they were a class act, who we would see again in the future. We'd seen The Otherside back in November '89 (supporting Under Neath What GIG 031) and they were the primary motive for Nick, Adam, Simon, Donna, Mat and myself to once again be down at The Marquee on a Sunday night.

By this point I'd actually decided to quit school so didn't have to work the next morning (I had an afternoon shift at a local newsagents) so we didn't have any excuse not to go out on Sunday nights and have some fun :p

This was another of those 'Marquee' moments were we struck lucky and all three bands on the bill were good (which ceratinly wasn't always the case). Great evening, although The Otherside apparently never got big enough to warrant a video on Youtube or any mention of them (that I can find) on the internet.

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