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Having ROCKED with the BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and nipped for a Relaxing Pint myself and The Reed On My Wind Instrument parted company, with me heading into Bloomsbury for International Fall Day. This was a similar event to the one we played a few months ago for International Smog Day except, obviously, this time we were celebrating THE FALL. This turned out to be an easier job in some ways, as two of our number are MASSIVE fans of same, but more difficult in others as ARGUMENTS RAGED for some weeks beforehand about what exactly we'd be playing. There was also SADNESS as Francis Albert couldn't make it due to ROMANTIC PLANS and nor, it turned out nearer the time, due to BABYSITTER HASSLE, could Emma. THUS it was The Cleator Moor Validators who gathered this Sunday afternoon to enjoy some hearty DISCUSSION of topics various, also BEER.

There didn't seem to be as many people there as last time, which was a bit of a surprise as I'd've thought there be MORE Fall fans than Smog fans, but then I guess Fall fans are ALSO more likely to be unable to go and sit in a PUB/VENUE on a Sunday afternoon when there are a) loads of festivals happening and b) for many of them, THE DUTIES OF ADULT RESPONSIBILITY to attend to. Still, it was all very pleasant and almost too soon it was time for US to hit the stage, and do THIS:
  • Billy Jones Is Dead
  • The Gay Train
  • Do The Indie Kid
  • Theme From Sparta FC
  • Being Happy Doesn't Make You Stupid
  • Hey Hey 16K
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Easily Impressed
  • We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves - as ever it was a bit WEIRD playing to the backs of people bowling but ALSO as ever it was nice to have people there who WEREN'T expecting to watch bands but got ENTICED to do so by out MAJESTIC ROCK. Theme From Sparta FC sounded DEAD good, and I think we may do it AGANE - i hope so anyway, I'd spent all week learning the words! Our general opinion that the full (ish) band version of Being Happy Doesn't Make You Stupid is going to be GRATE was pretty much borne out - it needs WORK still, but it feels GOOD - and the FACT that I was congratulating myself on remembering the words to BOTH these new live tracks mean that YET AGANE I thought "Hey! Isn't it going well?" halfway through Hey Hey 16K and, as usual, then COMPLETELY cocked it up. I should really stop doing that!

    Once the gig was DONE Tom and Tim had to ZOOM off, as Tom was KNACKERED and Tim had to be up early for work, so I stopped for a chat with Mr S Walker and also The Mighty George, who had organised it all, before slipping away into the night. It had been QUITE a weekend!

    posted 11/7/2007 by MJ Hibbett

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