October 24th, 2013

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GIG 112: RDF (Radical Dance Faction) - The Dandy Lion - 22/02/93

GIG 112: RDF (Radical Dance Faction) - The Dandy Lion - 22/02/93

Now this was something different. A band that people had actually heard of playing Barnet's Monday night student/alternative night at The Dandy Lion. R.D.F. was/are a band who came out of the crustie/free festival scene that played with ska, dub and punk. They'd gotten some coverage in the music press and the occasional tune showed up every so often in the indie clubs back in the early/mid 90's.

I've no idea how they ended up playing at The Dandy Lion on a Monday night, and to be fair we'd probably have been there anyway but having them was an added draw.

However, I think I wasn't really in the mood for their blend of music at that point - or the Dandy Lions sound system and ambiance just didn't suit them. Whatever the reason I was disappointed with them - which I'm pretty sure was a one-off as I thin in the right atmosphere - especially in a field somewhere in the summer - they'd be ace to see live.

They're still going so who knows, I may get the chance one day :)



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GIG 113: Black Maria / Between The Eyes / Brood - The Rock Garden - 23/02/93

GIG 113: Black Maria / Between The Eyes / Brood - The Rock Garden - 23/02/93

Unfortunately I have no recollection as to any of the bands on this evening. I know that I was at the gig with John and Sarah, but that's it. Black Maria were (according to my notes) pretty good whilst their two support bands for the evening were both 'alright'. But that's about it.

There have been other bands more recently called Black Maria (I found two when I did a search to see my memory could be jogged) but both of those were bands that started in the 2000's so aren't these guys. As such, I continue to have no recollection of them or the night. Sorry!

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GIG 114: Vendemmian / Incubus Succubus / Junk - The Dome - 09/03/93

GIG 114: Vendemmian / Incubus Succubus / Junk - The Dome - 09/03/93

This was an interesting gig on a number of levels.

For starters it was the first time I saw Incubus Succubus or Vendemmian live. I got to know both bands reasonably well over the ensuing years and still know members from both today.

I knew Incubus Succubus (before they replaced the c's with the k's) because one of my friends (Mal) used to play in a band called The Screaming Dead back in the 80's with Tony (who was central to Incubus Succubus with his wife, Candia) and Mal had played me some of their music and I joined him for the gig. Vendemmian was a band I'd heard a reasonable amount about as two of the members had been part of Restoration - another London goth band I had an EP of (and whose other members I'd later get to know through other bands and the club scene).

But this was my first experience of both.

It amused me that at one point someone from Vendemmian (I think it was Dave) mistook me from someone in Incubus Succubus. Well, it was the Inkies first ever London gig and no one really knew them at the time - so an easy mistake back then.

I can't remember Junk at all - they were apparently pretty good but as the other two bands rose to prominence in the scene (Incubus Succubus actually went on to perform live on TV a few years later) Junk must have splintered or atleast never really cracked the surface properly.

Incubus Succubus were absolutely fantastic - and I certainly am not surprised that they grew to be one of the biggest bands on the goth/pagan circuit who still command a good following and audiences at their shows even today.

Vendemmian were enjoyable but didn't blow me away. I ended up seeing them quite a few times (including a few months after this one) and they were much better on those occasions. But then they might have been outshone on this occasion by being supported by Incubus Succubus (who went on to headline in London after this).

All in all a great night out though, and very memorable.

We all went straight from this to Camden Palace to see Daisy Chainsaw - but that's GIG 115 and I'll write about that in a few days :)



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