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After the KRAZY events of Saturday night I was ready for a bath and an early night but this was NOT TO BE for i had duties of ROCK in South East London, so i yawned my way along the DLR and then staggered down the road to The Fox & Firkin. I must admit that when Carl from 2Bob had sent me a TXT earlier in the day I'd been half hoping he'd tell me it was all cancelled, as i was DONE IN, but no - the show would go on!

He's a nice chap that Carl, and we had a good old chat about the GOOD WORK he and his colleagues are doing down there. After he went to get things going someone else approached me. "Are you Mark?" he said - it was PHIL WILSON from out of THE JUNE BRIDES!!! He's bought a copy of the Work EP a month or so ago, liked my song, and then bought The Back Catalogue. I was all excited - here was a LIVING LEGEND of THE INDIE POP, at MY gig!

Better than that, he was a really lovely chap, and I went and sat with him and his wife Pam for the rest of the evening, who was ALSO lovely. They were just GRATE people to chat to - we swapped tales of ROCK and then tales of Proper Jobs. Sometimes you meet people who've been in bands and then that was IT, they felt they've done ENOUGH and sail forth into later life nested in LAURELS, becoming increasingly bitter and hateful of anything that comes afterward. THUS it's LOVELY to meet people who've DONE all the Being In Bands Stuff and go on to do something ELSE. Phil and Pam are INFLUENCING THE GOVERNMENT, and Phil's even got his own TAX - he's saving the world with The Climate Change Tax, he INVENTED it. How cool is THAT? Answer: VERY COOL. How many other inventors of a TAX have also just had Jeffrey Lewis and The Manic Street Preachers of a tribute album to THEM? Not many, i shall warrant.

Anyway, soon it was MY TURN, and this is what i did:
  • Better Things To Do
  • It Only Works Because You're Here
  • She's A Spaceman
  • Breaks In The Journey
  • Work's All Right (if it's a proper job)
  • The Fight For History
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Billy Jones Is Dead
  • The Peterborough All Saints' Wide Game Team (group B)
  • Easily Impressed

  • Boom Shake The Room
  • Once again I stuck to my guns and did NEW stuff, starting quiet and BUILDING UP. It seemed to go WELL, i had a REALLY good time doing it, and by the time I got to the UBERSET stuff in the second half ADRENALAINE was flowing through my veins and all thoughts of early nights and hangovers were GONE. You may notice a couple of odditied in there - i wasn't going to do "Work's All Right" but thought I ought in the circumstances i ought. ALSO the song "She's A Spaceman" may APPEAR new but is actually pretty much the OLDEST song i've mine I've ever done, as it was written in 1989 with Dr Neil Brown for VOON. Oh yes - it felt right to do it, so i DID. Halfway through the KOOBA KREW had appeared - they may have got there a bit earlier, but I only realised at that point, and things SWUNG. I was all chuffed that the New Stuff went well (and people seem to quite like "Better Things To Do", which is a relife - not in a "WAHEY!" way, in an "aaaah!" way, which is unusual for me, also NICE) and BOUNCED AROUND for quite a bit afterwards all excited about EVENTS.

    Suddenly the ADRENALAINE seeped out of my toes and i was KNACKERED again, so decided to get a TAXI home. It was AMAZING - he had the Sat Nav, which appears to be coming de rigeour in the futuristic panorama of life in the 21st Century, but also VOICE DIRECTIONS! I was settling into the back seat when a calm ladylike voice said "At the roundabout, bear right". "The wha... the who... whassat!?!?" i remarked, and we pulled over so he could show me how it worked. We programmed my EXACT ADDRESS into it, and for the next twenty minutes the nice ROBOT LADY guided us to my front door. It was like being in KNIGHT RIDER. Especially when we had to use the turbo boost to leap over the car of the corrupt sheriff, and thus saved the lone mother and her elderly father and young tyke of a son from having to sell their farmstead so that the big oil company could start mining and destroy the native american reservation. That was a really good bit.

    YEAH! In summary then: i was REALLY glad I made it, i had a BRILLIANT time!

    posted 17/4/2006 by MJ Hibbett

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    Comments:

    Great to see someone else so enthusiastic about The June Brides - if you want a complementary copy of the tribute, drop me a line through the site below.

    Phil is great!!
    posted 9/5/2006 by ybi

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