August 14th, 2012

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GIG 058: Gene Loves Jezebel - Camden Palace 31/07/90

GIG 058: Gene Loves Jezebel - Camden Palace 31/07/90

Tuesday night at Camden Palace was the "Feet First" indie night with DJ's Jonathan and Eko. They played everything alternative - from indie rock and shoegazing to metal, from goth and el
ectronic/industrial to the emergence of the dance and rap influenced indie bands such as Chemical Brothers and Credit to the Nation. A good varied wide spectrum of music that was a perfect fit for me and many, many others.

Feet First was also very much a student night. The drinks were cheap and I'd imagine a good proportion of those in attendance were probably not supposed to there - you could often tell too as it was packed during the school holidays and could be at times rather sparse during term time.

The other great thing about Feet First was that every week they hosted a band. These bands covered a massive range of music (to tie-in with the clubs setlist), some were great, some terrible. Some were already names in the music industry, others would go on and become famous. It was, in short, usually a fantastic night out.

On this Tuesday in question a group of us (including Donna, Mike R and Justin) saw Gene Loves Jezebel play the midnight 'band slot'. Gene Loves Jezebel were an 80's goth/rock band who had a small degree of chart success but never achieved the heights of several other goth bands at the time (such as The Mission, Fields of the Nephilim and Sisters of Mercy). Julianne Regan, who went on to form All About Eve, was a past member and they had toured with a number of higher profile bands and had certainly built up a dedicated following.

I had a few of their 12" singles and an album or two on vinyl so was interested to see them live. I can't remember many specifics about the gig in question but I know I enjoyed it. Probably more than some of the more rock-orientated friends I with anyway :p

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900731 Gene Loves Jezebel
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GIG 059: Something Happens / Trash Can Sinatras / Dean Dwyer - Town & Country Club 03/08/90

GIG 059: Something Happens / Trash Can Sinatras / Dean Dwyer - Town & Country Club 03/08/90

Considering we'd seen Something Happens playing The Marquee just three months previous (GIG 052) now seeing them headline the Town & Country Club in Kentish Town was a big jump up the ladder for this Irish band. They were fairly well known in Ireland but hadn't really broken through in the UK, not that you'd had known that on this night as they still managed to pack out the T&C.

I was there with Donna, Aiden and Zena and we only managed to catch the last bit of Dean Dwyer (I think we probably either spent a little too long in the pub or someone was late in meeting up, either way we pretty much missed him) but the main support was Trash Can Sinatras, whom I'd seen a few times by now supporting various bands. This wasn't the Trash Cans finest performance though. I found them a bit flat and slightly dull on this occasion, which was a shame as I knew they could put on a good show but everyone has an off night, or you might not be in the mood for their blend of music - it's one of the reasons why I usually give bands atleast two shots - just incase they weren't on form for some reason or my own mental state wasn't up for them on the first outing.

Something Happens were good fun once again. I actually preferred seeing them at The Marquee (I generally preferred smaller venues and still do, although the T&C is actually a pretty good size itself and was one of my favourite venues in the early 90s) but they put on a good show and left us all happy.

Price: £6.00

900803 Something Happens