September 24th, 2012

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GIG 067: King Swamp / Q Lazzarus - Borderline 26/10/90

GIG 067: King Swamp / Q Lazzarus - Borderline 26/10/90

I'm pretty sure this was the last time I saw King Swamp. They were a great band live and, as I've said in previous gig write-ups, I still listen to their debut album a reasonable amoun
t over two decades later. Every time I listen to it it certainly reminds me of a set of friends I had back then and some really good times.

On this occasion, which I think was my first Borderline gig, it was only Penny and myself that caught them. They were supported by Q Lazzarus (whom I'd seen before and hadn't been impressed by - but this time they were pretty good). King Swamp themselves never failed to entertain and didn't disappoint on this occasion.

It was a shame I didn't catch them again. I'm not entirely sure if they carried on touring and they only did the two albums. They are certainly a band that I think should have achieved more success than they did, but then the decades are littered by bands that never rose to prominence due to one thing or another. Some acts strike it lucky, many sadly do not. I'm just happy that King Swamp were a band that we all discovered at the time and a band that brought us some great times :)

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GIG 068: The Dirty Strangers - Hippodrome 24/05/89

GIG 068: The Dirty Strangers - Hippodrome 24/05/89

This is actually out of sequence for some reason. I guess I missed them when I originally wrote down my gig list and slipped them in - albeit 1 1/2 years late!

I saw The Dirty Strangers a
t Kerrang's 'Rock' night at The Hippodrome in London on a Wednesday night after another gig at The Marquee (GIG 015: Dawn After Dark / Victims of Pestilence / Creaming Jesus - Marquee). They were a band that consisted of two of the members of The Rolling Stones (Keith Richards and Ronny Wood) and a bunch of other musicians from various bands. I actually wasn't all that keen on them but, in hindsight, seeing them at a small rock night in London was pretty impressive.

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GIG 069: Sisters of Mercy / The Mothers - Wembley Arena 24/11/90

GIG 069: Sisters of Mercy / The Mothers - Wembley Arena 24/11/90

This was a big moment for me. The Sisters of Mercy were one of my favourite bands at the time (along with The Mission, Ghost Dance and Fields of the Nephilim) and the only on
e of those I hadn't yet seen.

They were playing Wembley Arena on their Vision Thing tour. Many people didn't think we'd ever see a live show from The Sisters again (I think their last tour had been back in 1986) so these dates were very eagerly awaited. I had tickets for both this night (a Saturday) and for the Monday (GIG 070) and couldn't wait.

Wembley wasn't my favourite venue but at the time The Sisters were massive and you couldn't see them anywhere else. It was also very odd having seats for the gig (this was at a time before Wembley started making the front of the stage area standing only) but that didn't diminish our enthusiasm or enjoyment of the occasion.

The support band, The Mothers, were reasonably unforgettable. Whether this was due to the anticipating of the main act, the size of the venue, or just because they *were* unforgettable I don't know - but I can't remember anything about them at all (and I ended up seeing them twice!). The Sisters on the other hand didn't disappoint and I loved every minute of it. The only thing that stopped this being a fantastic gig in my books was the fact that it was at Wembley Arena (I saw the Sisters a lot during the 90's and the smaller venues like Brixton Academy and the Town & Country Club had much better atmospheres - and of course we could dance!!!).

Great night though and a whole bunch of us decamped after the show to The Catacombs which was a fantastic little alternative/goth club above a pub in Manor House that had become a regular haunt of mine most Friday and Saturday nights :)

Price: £12.50