June 23rd, 2013

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GIG 100: The Levellers / Back To The Planet - Brixton Academy - 15/05/92

GIG 100: The Levellers / Back To The Planet - Brixton Academy - 15/05/92

It was the day before my 20th birthday and my 100th gig... and what better band to see to celebrate it than one of the best all-time live bands, the mighty Levellers.

I'd seen The Levellers only once before (the previous October - GIG 093 - at The Town & Country Club in Kentish Town) but this time they were at one of my favourite venues, Brixton Academy and had Back To The Planet in support.

I'd heard quite a bit of Back to the Planet, although I'd not seen them live before, but on this occasion I thought they were 'alright' but certainly didn't wow me.

The Levellers, however, were unsurprisingly excellent once again. Brixton Academy was alive and sweaty, but in with the endurance of youth we all still managed to head out for a nights clubbing at The Electric Ballroom afterwards ;)

I was joined by Dawn, Joe, Dan, Ian and Adam at the gig with Martin, Michelle and Louise joining us at the club afterwards.

Price: £7.50



920515 The Levellers
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GIG 101: Raw Melody Men (aka New Model Army) / Ed Alleyne-Johnson - The Venue - 16/05/92

GIG 101: Raw Melody Men (aka New Model Army) / Ed Alleyne-Johnson - The Venue - 16/05/92

It was my 20th birthday and after spending a day in a London pub we trekked down to the wastelands of "South" London and the New Cross Venue for one of those 'elusive' secret gigs.

"Raw Melody Men" were the band whose name graced the tickets and poster next to the venue door but we'd all known well in advance (and had gotten tickets well in advance as it sold out pretty damn quick) that 'Raw Melody Men' was an anagram for 'New Model Army' and the chance to see them at such a small venue as "The Venue" was too good an opportunity to pass up - especially given it was my birthday too!

Ed Alleyne-Johnson, who played electric-violin on may of NMA's tracks was supporting and his set was brilliant. Never had I seen a crowd so enthralled by one man and his violin.

He joined the Army on stage for their set too - packed full of the expected brilliant album tracks, some obscure b-sides, and their hits.

Dawn, Martin and Michelle were all present was a fun, but very sweaty, night.

Price: £6.00



920516 New Model Army
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GIG 102: Nothing But Trouble - The Dandy Lion - 17/08/92

GIG 102: Nothing But Trouble - The Dandy Lion - 17/08/92

It'd been a hectic summer (plus I had a small operation that meant I wasn't going gigging/clubbing so much) so it'd been a while since I'd been to The Dandy Lion's Indie/Student night but we were all up and active again. The music was typically good, the friends (on this occasion Dawn, Julie, Gideon, Shane, etc) were great but the band on stage this evening were appallingly bad.

It was nice having a reasonably local indie night but buy, more often than not, their choice of bands sucked.

920817 Nothing But Trouble