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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

A review (and crappy pics!) by me of December's Thurston Moore-curated ATP bash at Minehead, over here on the FACT website. Not sure, but I think this may be appearing in the next paper edition...

Some time or other, I'll try'n write up in detail some more of the kool stuff I saw...it really was an excellent fest. and a complete honour to hang out w/ mi Yeovil dawgs ("Negative fuckin' Attitoooood!"), who really know how to take it to the limit.


(Flinty, as we know and love him: in the Crash Position...)

Also great to say hello again to the likes of Sunburned Hand's John Maloney and Ron Schneiderman (who also runs Spirit of Orr) and Matt Valentine of MV/EE infamy...and to finally meet in the flesh folk like Wooden Wand, Sami from Fonal Records, Carlos from the Audiobot label (who also plays in Frozen Corpse), Maurizio and Roberto Opalio aka My Cat is an Alien...I think I spotted Dennis Tyfus skulking around the Belgian stall, but I got waylaid and he was gone (if, indeed, it was him) by the time I finally got there...

Im total, I checked out something like 21 bands over three evenings (not bad for an old fart)...but I have to say that The Stooges were fucking phenomenal. I saw Iggy (minus the Ashtons) a coupla times in the late seventies and he was great, but this was *whoooo* ten times better...

16 Comments:

At 7:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flinty in the Crash Position...that could be anywhere, anytime.
Fantastic.

 
At 8:09 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

Yes, it's a strangely timeless pose. He makes it appear so effortless.

Like Wolverine, he has mutant healing powers where alcohol is concerned; it's just that his are slower and, er, require a nap...

 
At 6:38 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha ha - seem to remember being in exactly that same position myself - as was Bren - must have been some sleep inducing drug sprinkled over the sofa me suspects !!

 
At 7:59 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suspect that fellow in the photo of having a sherry or two too many. Have a care.
Keep hearing that the Stooges are putting on great shows ...
Saw Iggy a number of times back then ... Hammersmith Palais, he spent a lot of the gig with his head in the bass speakers. Great stuff.

 
At 9:44 am, Blogger kek-w said...

"...must have been some sleep inducing drug sprinkled over the sofa me suspects..." Yeah, Shake n Vac! Still, you did provide us w/ the weekend's most Rock n Roll moment and for that I salute you! Also, Bren with a gallon of cider strapped to his belt offering spliffs to random pedestrians must get an honourable mention too...LOL!

Yeah, remember seeing Iggy at The Locarno, Bristol (twice!)...supported, on one occasion by The Psychedelic Furs (back when they were really good! -the "Sister Europe" 7" had just come out that weekend, so we were really buzzing on that)...one gig, I remember Iggy coming back on for the encores in a toga-style dressing gown that, er, left very little to the imagination and singing with his hands down his front. Ah, them were the days...

Still, there was a rawness and high-octane energy to the Stooges' minehead set that didn't feel like a pension tour, but more of a continuation of their early 70s mission-statement...the new songs sounded great...the energy levels were incredible (crowd-surfing at 60! what tha...?) and it didn't hurt having an audience of 3000 people that, quite frankly, adored him...

 
At 10:44 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hammersmith Palais must have been on the same tour, the Furs were supporting then ... they did a good gig, too.
Yes, the first two Furs albums are marvellous ... went a bit wonky after that.
Glad to see the Ashton brothers alive and kicking ... hope they get their dues this time.

 
At 11:28 am, Blogger kek-w said...

Yeah, new song "My Idea of Fun" ("...is to kill everyone!") sounds like a classic in the making

 
At 6:31 pm, Blogger rocket ron said...

thought you would like them kek. saw the stooges in paris last summer. 8000 screaming frogs. great show

 
At 6:44 pm, Blogger Gloomy said...

I heard it as "...is criminally one!" But being stuck in the middle of a seething mass of bare-chested twenty-something moshers made it hard for me to listen to the words, I suppose.

 
At 7:08 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

"But being stuck in the middle of a seething mass of bare-chested twenty-something moshers..."

Hopefully, that was at Minehead in December and not 20 minutes ago in your bathroom...

 
At 9:08 am, Blogger Gloomy said...

Yup, Minehead. I haven't dared go into the bathroom since that seething mass of bare-chested twenty-something moshers turned up.

 
At 5:18 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep - saw the same Igg / Furs gig as you inn Bristol - damn fine they both were too - got ta agree with you though that the Minehead set was a stormer - the only thing missing was a 30 minute Louie Louie encore !

 
At 6:41 pm, Blogger rocket ron said...

saw both of igs locarno shows/ 79 an 80... over a quarter of a century ago... oh my were getting old.

 
At 2:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at that Bristol gig as well. Was it the 'New Values'/'Soldier' era? I think I saw him on both those tours. He was a lot more subdued back then.

These days he's bonkers. I saw them play the whole of 'Funhouse' in sequence a while back in Hammersmith Apollo. I think they knocked about 5 mins off the running time of the album!

 
At 2:33 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

Yeah, I think yr right; it must've been the 'New Values' and 'Soldier' tours...

 
At 2:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Def the Soldier tour that I saw him on - that was the last LP I got of his .... he certainly has turned more of a nutter these days it seems - caught an 80's Top of The Pops performance of him last night on the box - and he looked like an accountant - terrible stuff of him miming Real Wild Child - which lets face is total tosh !

 

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