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Blog: Tufnell Park

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If I'm totally honest, as I set off for last night's gig I was slightly wishing I wasn't doing it. I was (and indeed AM) eager to see the main band, Apples For Everyone - there's FOURTEEN of them, and they run it as a DEMOCRACY. Dave From Them later told me that they have SUB-COMMITTEES to make various decisions and also have complex yet orderly ROTAS to arrange who is doing what. My love of ROCK combined with my love of Proper Processes makes me VERY excited about this sort of thing, but unfortunately I wasn't going to be able to see them, as I'd have to DASH home straight afterwards to sort out some WORK stuff, also (LINKED to this) preperations for Edinburgh next week.

As well as that slight disappointment, Tufnell Park isn't exactly the LOVELIEST of London's Delightful Boroughs. The pub window had posters advertising forthcoming gigs and RECENT MURDERS, and opposite their appeared to be a shrine to the MANY people who had recently been killed. In the current vernacular, it's "a bit stabby".

After catching the end of the first band and the first poet I was a bit NERVY as I went on and did THIS:
  • I Did A Gig In New York
  • The Peterborough All-Saints' Wide Game Team (Group B)
  • The Gay Train
  • Hey Hey 16K
  • It Only Works Because You're Here
  • Do The Indie Kid
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Boom Shake The Room

  • I REALLY enjoyed it! When i started I was worried further by the fact that it was a BIG room with people who'd come to see all sorts of the many different bands who were playing and were having pleasant CHATS all around. BUT I said to myself "Now now Hibbett, be calm, stick with it and all will be FINE". As ever, my Little Voice was correct, especially when i got to It Only Works Because You're Here. The first third of the song saw CHAT levels rising, then ebbing into the next third, then everyone got INTO it by the end, and from there it was JOINING IN with The Music of The Future, REQUESTS, and a singalong for the end. GRATE!

    Also noticeable (NB to me anyway) was the way I was LINKING the songs. Doing My Exciting Life In ROCK so much is obviously rubbing off, and I was ending one song with a CONVERSATIONAL LINK into the next one. It seemed to work quite well - a career in Local Radio BECKONS!

    Anyway, much relieved, I DASHED OFF in the company of Dr Neil Brown who'd popped along, and the journey home was full of talk of The Isle of Wight, from which he has just returned. I got home SWEATY but at a reasonable time, in order to start PANICKING about PACKING. Next stop, EDINBURGH!

    posted 1/8/2008 by MJ Hibbett

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