DON'T BE MEAN
Been really getting back into The Raincoats recently; re-bought first LP on vinyl, blahblahblah. Their later stuff is sounding remarkably presient/contempo now: improv lo-fi Folk shapes, etc. Never saw them back in the day - tho saw Essential Logic, Slits - so was pretty fucking cool to finally see them the wkend before last.
Got to chat (very) briefly w/ Ana and Gina in the afternoon; no vinyl reissues imminent for 2nd/3rd LPs, unfortunately.
They were delayed in taking the stage that evening, so Gina came on, told a few jokes, chatted to the audience. "So, what about this Lib-Dem / Conservative alliance, then," she asked semi-rhetorically (this was before the Coalition was formally announced a couple days later...)
I guess there was getting on for a 800 - 1000 people in the venue (it was rammed) and her comment elicited one of the nastiest, most vicious bouts of booing and hissing I've ever heard. Not mock, pantomine villain hisses, but the sort of vitriol normally reserved for a child-murderer making a high-court appearance. Or the hey-day of Thatcher.
Really angry stuff.
And not just oldies, but teenagers / students up to 50-somethings. I don't think the Lib-Dems quite realise the degree of hatred they've unleashed at the grassroots level. Next election they'll be back to 20 seats again, if they're lucky. The Tories have fucked them completely and they're political pariahs. Unelectable again.
And The Raincoats?:
Well, they were as infuriatingly brilliant, dissonant, ramshackle, charming, untogether, entertaining, inspiring, off-the-wall, clueless, sussed, hilarious, exhilarating and darnright wonderful as ever.
The encored with the best version of "Lola" ever.
Gina Birch has just started selling these awesome hand-made bags with "Don't Be Mean" stitched onto them, but I'm not sure how you buy them because they don't seem to be on her website yet.
I'm going to have to get a couple for my daughters.