GIG 097: Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction / Terrorvision / Doctor Rain - Town & Country Club - 15/02/92
Zodiac Mindwrap's "Tattooed Beat Messiah" was an album I listened to quite a bit when it was released back in 1988 and on-and-off for a few years afterwards. It's actually an album I rebrought myself a few years ago on CD and whilst I don't listen to them very often any more it does get the occasional airplay here.
I was really pleased I managed to see Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction first time round (as such) as they split in the mid-90's but have since reformed, produced new albums and tour again. I've no idea what their new stuff is like though. All I can say is that it was great seeing tarcks like "Prime Mover", "Back Seat Education" and "Tattooed Beat Messiah" live.
The other notable thing about this gig was the support bands. Now both were very good for starters (with support bands being quite hit and miss sometimes) and whilst I never heard of Doctor Rain again the other support band went on to do some great things in their own right and was one that I've ended up seeing numerous times over the years - Terrorvision.
GIG 098: Witching Hour / Venus Fly Trap - The Scream Club - 08/03/92
From the metal of Zodiac to 'very much a goth band' with The Witching Hour for my next gig of 1992.
Now this one was held somewhere called "The Scream Club" which I can remember absolutely nothing about (the club that is). I suspect it was actually the backroom of a pub similar to The Water Rats of something. In anycase I think this was the only time I went.
With me on this outing were Dawn and Michael . The Witching Hour themselves were pretty good but their support on the night, Venus Fly Trap, were pretty dire.
We ended up at the Feet First club at Camden Palace as they were having "Album Preview Launch" for The Cure's "Wish" album - their first album since the stunning "Distintegration" back in 1989.
Camden Palace was a favourite of mine for many years as every Tuesday they'd have a massive alternate/indie club night with a band on stage at around midnight. The bands could be a bit hit or miss - from established acts playing a lowkey secret warm-up gig to acts which were getting a lot of buzz in the music papers as the 'next breakthrough act' - which some were but many others ended up not being.
On this evening it was the turn of a Californaian band called Redd Kross - who I thought were bloody awful.
A whole bunch of us went along to this (because of The Cure preview) so shout outs to Martin, Michelle, Emily and Kim amongst others.