June 1st, 2012

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Top Bands - May 2012

May was once again an eclectic selection of music tastes in regards to my listening habits, with the greater nods still going to the darker side of my music tastes (industrial, goth, ebm, punk) with a decent showing from the more chillout corner of the room. Wumpscut definetly enjoyed the highest new entry spot due to their brilliant new album that was released in May, whilst new releases also saw Marilyn Manson climb my charts. I also finally got hold of a Jakalope album and a couple of CKY outings. All About Eve returned to my lists with the highest new entry just beating Akira Yamaoka, whose Silent Hill soundtracks I've been listening to quite a lot of whilst working recently.

The below are the bands I've listend to most in Mayl on iTunes or my iPod. Inspiration, downtime, or just to keep me company whilst I work. This list made up a large part of my soundtrack over the last 31 days...

Top 50 Bands – May 2012

Position Last Month Band

1           1↔             Conjure One
2           2↔             Enigm
3           4↑               Nine Inch Nails
4           7↑               The Sisters of Mercy
5           15↑             Marilyn Manson
6           NE              :Wumpscut:
7           5↓               In Strict Confidence
8           14↑             In The Nursery
9           10↑             Chicane
10          9↓              Lana Del Rey


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STATS
New Entries = 4 (Highest = 6 :Wumpscut:) (-1 from last month)
Re-Entries = 7 (Highest = 12 All About Eve) (+2 from last month)

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GIG 036: When It Rains / The Presence / The Clamheads - Marquee 22/01/90

GIG 036: When It Rains / The Presence / The Clamheads - Marquee 22/01/90
I sadly can't remember much about this gig at all. It was one that I went to by myself and The Clamheads were shit, but When It Rains and The Presence were both apparently pretty good.

I actually signed up to The Presence's mailing list because a few years later I was involved as a witness in a court case for them where they were trying to take Lol Tolhurst (of The Cure) to court as he had just started a new band also called The Presence (with pretty much the same font and logo too if I recall) and they were contesting the name.

They came to an out of court settlement I believe which also involved them changing their name. Apparently (and I did not know this until today) they changed it to Puressence - which was a massive surprise to me as I love Puressence, have seen them live a number of times, but had never ever made the connection before.

Price: Unknown


900122 When It Rains
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GIG 037: Bogus Gods / Laughterland - Cat & Lantern 24/01/90

GIG 037: Bogus Gods / Laughterland - Cat & Lantern, Barnet 24/01/90
We knew the guys from Bogus Gods (may have known the Laughterland crew too actually) as we all drank in the same Barnet pubs, had pretty much the same taste in music and well, they were sort of second degree mates (friends but not friends we knew terribly well).

The Cat & Lantern (in East Barnet) was pretty packed and in amongst the swarming sweaty bodies were Justin, Pat, Chris, Lucy, Tracey, Penny, Roger, Trevor, Jenny, Emma, Julie and loads of others.

Both bands were all right but the highlight of the evening had to be Bogus Gods' thrash cover of the Fraggle Rock Theme Tune which was amazing (and pretty much resulted in a load of us on the floor due to a mosh-pit collapse :p).

Price: Unknown

900124 Bogus Gods
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GIG 038: Broken Bones / Scat Opera - Marquee 30/01/90

GIG 038: Broken Bones / Scat Opera - Marquee 30/01/90
Broken Bones were (actually are as they reformed and I think are touring again) a very influential punk band. Metallica and Slayer have cited them as a big influence and members of Brokjen Bones had previously been in Discharge. I didn't know any of this at the time I saw them though. I primarly went because a couple of my best mates,Mat and Adam, were going as well as some other friends.

It was pretty chaotic in the mosh pit but, after having had a couple of instances of breaking my glasses at gigs, I'd decided to play it safe with this one.

I gave my glasses to my ex-girlfriend (Siouxsie) who was by the side of the stage and wasn't joining us in the melee. She popped them behind one of the speakers next to her as they'd be completely safe there whilst the rest of us got kicked and thumped black and blue in the pit.

This *in theory* was a great idea.

However, we didn't factor in the lead singer of Broken Bones climbing up on the speakers and then leaping off them into the crowd (which caused one of the speakers to topple over and... well, crush my glasses).

Broken Bones were very good fun. They were supported by Scat Opera (who were alright, but didn't set my world on fire).

Price: Unknown




900130 Broken Bones
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GIG 039: US:UK - Camden Palace 20/02/90

GIG 039: US:UK - Camden Palace 20/02/90
This was my first gig at Camden Palace.

Camden Palace would become one of my 'second homes' for years to come, mainly due to the brilliant 'Feet First' club night that took place every Wednesday. A student/indie/alternative club night with very cheap entry and cheap drinks in an incredibly majestic and labyrinthine building that was originally a theatre that was opened in 1900.

This night was the start of a massive love affair with the place, and would lead to many, many fantastic nights and great memories to come. In fact I was there again only a few weeks ago (although now it's called Koko), 22 years later, seeing Chicane.

US:UK were one of the many fledgling dance/indie crossover bands like Pop Will Eat Itself (and later and much more famously The Prodigy) that were on the scene mixing up genres. They had tracks such as "Yuppies Can't Dance" and "Will You Still Love Me, Will You Still Care, When You Wake Up In The Morning And I Ain't Crimped My Hair". I'm sure I've got a 12" single of theirs somewhere...

Anyway, the set-up was a club night followed by a live band at midnight (in this case US:UK) followed by the continuation of the club night until about 3am when we all got turfed out in search of night buses.

There was a load of us that first night (Karen, Jim, Justin, Lucy, Tracey, Penny, Sara, Chris, Ed, Emma, Julia, Mark, Jan, etc...) and it was also nice to go clubbing in a slightly more 'Indie' club (even though they still played a load of goth/electronic - but that was the indie scene at the time) as the clubs I was used to up til then were mainly goth/metal ones.

US:UK were actually mediocre in the end.

Price: Unknown (But probably £1 with a flyer).


900220 USUK
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GIG 040: Giant International / The Name / Clay People - Marquee 28/02/90

GIG 040: Giant International / The Name / Clay People - Marquee 28/02/90
Giant International were a fun band live. I'd seen them supporting The Otherside (GIG 035) the pervious month and they impressed enough that I headed into central London on a Wednesday evening to catch them headlining the Marquee themselves. Support came in the form of a band called The Name (who were also pretty good) and another band called Clay People (who weren't so good).

Price: Unknown


900228 Giant International
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GIG 041: The Quireboys / Giant / Jagged Edge - Town & Country Club 12/03/90

GIG 041: The Quireboys / Giant / Jagged Edge - Town & Country Club 12/03/90
The Quireboys had a fantastic stage set for their gig at The Town & Country Club. The whole stage had been transformed into a replica bar area. It was quite elaborate in many ways, although gave the impression of a 'spit and sawdust' joint, and suited the bands style perfectly.

The band themselves were very good, but then a lot of their music was pretty upbeat and couldn't help but get you in the mood. Giant, the main support, were fairly disappointing but Jagged Edge (the first band on that night) were actually pretty good themselves.

Good fun gig.

Price: £6.00



900312 Quireboys
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GIG 042: Bad Girls / Chunk / Silver Hearts - Marquee 21/03/90

GIG 042: Bad Girls / Chunk / Silver Hearts - Marquee 21/03/90
Bad Girls (Not the band that Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame is now in - they might not have even been born when I saw these guys!) were the first headline band that I saw that sucked big time.

I'd seen some headliners that I wasn't overly fond of, or who weren't all that good but not compared to Bad Girls. They were terrible.
However the reason why Nck, Donna, Neil and I went to the gig was for Chunk who were pretty good, as were Silver Hearts (the opening band), so it wasn't too bad really.

Price: Unknown
900321 Bad Girls