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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

LIVE AT THE VENUSIAN ELECTRIC BALLROOM, ILFRACOMBE

Picked this up on Sunday in a cool little record shop down on the quayside, in Ilfracombe, Devon:



Got chatting to the record shop guy who told me it had only come out a day or so earlier, and that (small world!) he had promoted the Space Ritual gig in Ilfracombe a few days before I saw them in Honiton. Apparently, most of the band were so smitten with Ilfracombe that they stayed there in B&Bs for three days. They're returning to Ilfracombe in September to headline the Flying Man Festival, wherein various local eccentrics dress up in bizarre costumes and leap off the pier...

Checking out the Space Ritual CD right now, and (cue Tony the Tiger voice:) "It's guuuhrreeat!" The band are on fine form; very tight, very focused. They sound punchier, a lot tougher than when I saw them...In fact, I take back what I said about them needing Dave Brock and /or an extra rhythm-guitarist. I think this was recorded at a recent-ish London gig, and if this is what they sound like on a good night then I'll def. be going to see them again. The opening track "Cosmic Chant" is a new group-composition and bodes well for their Dave Anderson-produced LP: a dense, amorphous Acid hybrid that references both Duul and early Hawkwind. There's a pumping Hawkwind-goes-Punk version of Inner City Unit's "Watching the Grass grow", a terrific version of "D-Rider" with Nik in excellent voice and featuring a blinding Mick Slattery guitar-solo, and....well, you get the idea. This is a real joy: well worth checking out by both OAP Hawkwind fans (like myself) and Apprentice Trainee Acid-Heads.

(Some more Space Ritual Flash-Facts:

(1)Dave Anderson also played in The Groundhogs (and with Nick Lowe - wotta CV!).

(2)After he left Hawkwind, Thomas Crimble helped co-organise many of the early Pilton/Glastonbury/Worthy Farm shindigs.

(3)'New' keyboard-player John Greves was in/on Bob Calvert's "Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters.

(4) Mick Slattery's playing on this CD is a revelation; he's fast becoming an Acid-Rock guitar hero in my personal psychedelic pantheon.)

Anyway, record-shop guy takes me out to the back room and shows me a treasure-trove of groovy seventies vinyl (Goundhogs' LPs...Man, Budgie!)...then tells me that he's originally from London and used to watch Hawkwind play down the Portabello Road under the arches on saturday mornings in the early Seventies: "Yeah, we used to get a cup of tea and a bacon butty from the caff and go down and watch them. Bloody great, they were..." Boy, I'm seriously jealous...

Seems like he's been putting on some other bands down in Ilfracombe: Arthur Brown played last year, apparently: "He played a helluva show...totally brilliant. What a showman. Can't believe the guy's, what, 66...? His voice hasn't changed a bit over the years...well worth seeing," enthused record-shop guy.

And this is coming up soon:



Brilliant!

Apparently, Hazel still does "Eighth Day", "Will You", "Calls the Tune", etc live...Ah, fuck it...if she played Yeovil, I'd go...if only to see her do that brilliantly-crap robotic-locomotive dance of hers.

10 Comments:

At 10:28 am, Blogger farmer glitch said...

Hazel O - just played ddddrrrrrruuuuummmmmrrrroooolll at the Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi (http://www.wingedwheels.info/wwsomke.htm) a week or so ago ... seems she is big on the Somerset levels these days !

 
At 10:44 am, Blogger Circle Brophy said...

Dang thee woodwork creaks...
These are dark tymns indeed we need all thee jesters and jeepsters from everywhen, maybe, jest maybe...

 
At 11:06 am, Blogger johneffay said...

Hazel's playing Norwich Arts Centre in June. I'm praying that Mrs effay doesn't find this out and make me go along. Why the bloody hell couldn't we have Space Ritual up here instead?

 
At 3:48 pm, Blogger Dominic Zero said...

I could have sworn I killed her back in the early nineties.
I wonder who I did kill, then..

 
At 5:35 pm, Blogger farmer glitch said...

If I had a spare bullet in the 80s it would probably have been aimed at Toyah !!

 
At 7:35 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

Hazel O'Connor at The Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi...bloody hell: we are truly living in The End of All Days...!!

Howcum all these loser freaks'll play the villages, but not Yeovil itself? Don' unnerstand...

Actually, I think I probably like the idea of going and seeing H O'C more than the actuality...I have heard rumours that she's gone Celtic, so the cheesy, overly-dramatic, badly-choreographed Pop Hits would probably be interspersed w/ some prolonged, nasty outbreaks of Enya-itis...

You only thought you killed her, Dom. It was just an LMD; Hazel is actually The Supreme Hydra.

 
At 8:04 pm, Blogger Dominic Zero said...

Woh - Hazel's waay too Pug Ugly to be in Hydra, she's more like a Skrull that's shape-shifted into The Blob's arse-cheek.

 
At 9:13 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

"Kill a Hazel and another one will take its place!"

Yeah, a Skrull sounds good. Or a Badoon, maybe...

Or The Mad Thinker's Android, he was kinda squidgy with a head like a boxing-glove.

But what would happen if The Super-Adaptoid tried to absorb Hazel's 'abilities'...?

 
At 12:06 am, Blogger johneffay said...

But what would happen if The Super-Adaptoid tried to absorb Hazel's 'abilities'...?

He'd end up starring alongside Sylvester Stallone in an even-crapper-than-the-original Hollywood remake of Breaking Glass.

 
At 7:29 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

("Broken Glass"? "Breaking Glass (Again)"? "More Broken Glass"? "Rocky VI"?) starring The Super-Adaptoid and Sly Stallone.

My God, what a top idea, John...

Once he'd leeched her 'powers' (bad acting/bad singing/bad dancing) the Adaptoid would resemble a green Hazel O'Connor. Wonder if he would still keep his copy of Cap's shield, Hawkeye's bow, etc, but have Hazel's face. That would be wonderfuly disturbing.

I'd go and see it. Actually, I don't need to...I can see it in my head right now.

 

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