May 10th, 2013

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GIG 085: Bogus Gods - The Dandy Lion, Barnet - 20/05/91

GIG 085: Bogus Gods - The Dandy Lion, Barnet - 20/05/91

I can't remember much about this gig but that's probably for a number of reasons.

1) I saw Bogus Gods a number of times in Barnet as they were a friends band.
2) They played some good gigs which I remember, and some ok gigs of which this was obviously one.
3) It was in The Dandy Lion - which catered for an alternative/student night on Mondays which we pretty much went to every week as the drink was cheap, the company good and music you could make a fool of yourself to on the dancefloor. As such a number of the evenings there did tend to blur into one MEGA-evening with only a few really standout exceptions (like the night that River Phoenix died).

Price: Unknown (probably £1 door charge as I'm pretty sure there was someone parked by the front door with a register and a stamp).


910520 Bogus Gods
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GIG 086: Shake / Big Brother - The Dandy Lion, Barnet - 28/05/91

GIG 086: Shake / Big Brother - The Dandy Lion, Barnet - 28/05/91

This threw me slightly as suddenly The Dandy Lions Monday alternative night was on a Tuesday courtesy of a long bank holiday weekend *and* they had two bands performing instead of the one (which obviously meant less time to bounce off each other to Ned's "Kill Your Television", Mudhoneys "Touch Me I'm Sick" or Jane's Addictions "Been Caught Stealing").

Despite everyone having the opportunity of partying for three days already this one had a very good turnout with loads of friends in attendance.

The bands were 'Shake' (whom we vaguely knew as they were another local band) and were alright and a band called 'Big Brother' whom I'd never heard of and weren't actually all that good.

But we partied away whilst Paris burned (possibly Paris was actually burning at that time as they were on the third day of rioting over there at that time).

910528 Shake
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GIG 087: The Mission / New Model Army / Killing Joke / The Henry Rollins Band / Bleach - Finsbury Pa

GIG 087: The Mission / New Model Army / Killing Joke / The Henry Rollins Band / Bleach - Finsbury Park - 01/06/91

This was such an epic day out - from the moment I woke up to the moment I crashed. Probably helped by a fantastic nights clubbing at The Electric Ballroom the night before with Dawn & Emily and the fact that a bunch of us all met up in a pub (for breakfast...ahem) before he headed over to Finsbury Park.

One of our friends had also randomly met The Missions tour van in the early hours of the morning on his way back from the club - which was an experience that apparently left him fairly delirious (or stoned... not quite sure which :p).

Anyway, this was my first open air gig and I can't think of a better line-up at the time to initiate me. I had been a massive fan of The Mission for years and had seen them several times elsewhere, New Model Army was another major band for me (still is) and one that I'd never actually seen live, then we had Killing Joke, Henry Rollins and Bleach (whom were the only band I didn't know).

Bleach kicked things off and were pretty good from what I remember, as were The Henry Rollins Band. I was less enthused about Killing Joke for some reason (can't remember why now) but New Model Army absolutely blew me away. They were phenomenal and I'm pretty sure I danced the entire set ;p

The Mission also played well, although I think they had started to change some of their arrangements on some of their classic tracks around then - which I wasn't all that keen on and detracted some of my enjoyment. Don't get me wrong, they were still great fun, but they were certainly my second favourite set of the day after NMA ;p

Price: £20.00


910601 The Mission Tour Programme

910601 The Mission