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Blog: Tufnell Park
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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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