June 25th, 2012

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GIG 049: And The Generals Ran Forever / Tragic Roundabout / Ship of Fools - The Marquee 15/04/90

GIG 049: And The Generals Ran Forever / Tragic Roundabout / Ship of Fools - The Marquee 15/04/90
This was my fifth gig of the month and came after a very late night party at a friends house and having spent most of the afternoon before the gig in a snooker club completely failing to pot more than two balls in sequence (those amn snooker tables are way bigger than pool tables! - that's my excuse, not the hangover or the lack of skill!!!). Anyway, I'm not sure I was in the best form for really going out to a gig on a Sunday evening after a long weekend of fun, but I went anyway (with Neil, who was the drummer wannabe guitarist of a band we'd decided to form).

It was down to the fact that 'And The Generals Ran Forever' were playing that we went. I'd seen them before and they were good, and continued to be so on this occasion too. Sadly their main support, 'Tragic Roundabout', wasn't really to my liking but the first band to hit the stage, 'Ship of Fools', were pretty decent. Certainly one of the better opening acts I'd seen for a while.

Price: Unknown


900415 And The Generals Ran Forever
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GIG 050: Borghesia - Camden Palace 17/04/90

GIG 050: Borghesia - Camden Palace 17/04/90
Camden Palace was slowly becoming a favourite Tuesday night haunt. Not as much as it would a few years later for me, but it was a place that a bunch of my school friends and I would head to for drinks, dancing and whatever live band was on that night. It was incredibly cheap to get in (maybe £1 or £2, sometimes completely free) and the drinks were subsidised as it was for all intents and purposes a student Indie night (back then Indie meant covering everything that wasn't usually in the charts).

It was also the first time I realised (a few days later) how oblivious I was to being chatted up. One of the girls (whom I'd met at a friends party the previous weekend) had only met two of my other friends and myself once but came along anyway. I didn't think anything of it. I was (and am) a friendly, chatty, pretty oblivious person when I know someone so just thought it was nice that the group had grown. I didn't realise until we all met up at the pub a few days later that she actually came along because she fancied me - I would say I was pretty blind at 17 (hell, it took Mat handcuffing me to one girl to make me realise she liked me!) but I think I'm probably still pretty blind ar 40!

Anyway, the night was fantastic but I thought Borghesia (a Slovenian EBM band - although I'm not entirely sure it was called EBM back then) were really poor. Which in hindsight is pretty weird as I liked a number of other EBM/Industrial bands such as Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, Nitzer Ebb, Front 242, etc at the time and listening to some of their videos on Youtube before writing this up I don't think they are too bad now. Maybe my attention was on other things that night.

Price: Unknown (but very cheap)



900417 Borghesia
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GIG 051: The Children / Sister Midnight / The Unloved / Plain Crazy - The Marquee 22/04/90

GIG 051: The Children / Sister Midnight / The Unloved / Plain Crazy - The Marquee 22/04/90

Another Sunday night at The Marquee.

Another Goth gig.

Very much a gig of extremes. The opening band 'Plain Crazy' were pretty good. The second band 'The Unloved' were dire, the mian support act 'Sister Midnight' were also good, whilst the headliners 'The Children' were terrible.

Price: Unknown


900422 The Children