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& Nonsense?
Ice and snow (ok, frost) have been navigated, and package dropped at airport to fly off, then time enough to pick up a gift from Secret Santa on the return leg through the city centre.

Spending some time in the car in the morning is a chance to catch up with Radio 4 - where I caught a piece on local news - the drama over the drama at the Rep. Despite Radio 4 finding pundits who hadn't seen the play (the Anglican Bishop of Birmingham and Hanif Kureshi), it reminded me how annoyed I was when I first heard about the fuss, what wonderful publicity this is for the play, and wondering what kind of nanny state is being encouraged where we're kept "safe" from fiction. Still, I suppose if the great and the good are there to ensure we're only exposed to material of good moral fibre then I need to think less.

Human League last night was ok - nothing spectacular. I'm not sure whether Phil Oakey can't actually sing, or was simply exhausted by the tour - that being the last night. Still I might just be bitter we didn't get Louise... Photos and review soon.

And finally, this has been freebies week. I've had a Blues CD from Giles (who I shot with Marcus Malone a while back); and a CD from GLASS who played at Whitby. Woo! The perks of fame...
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duranorak From: duranorak Date: December 20th, 2004 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure whether Phil Oakley can't actually sing
s/Oakley/Oakey - also, he can't sing, but in the same way as Marc Almond can't sing - usually he has charisma enough to cover the more worrying notes, and the last time I saw them they were amazing, so it's probably just tiredness.

Still I might just be bitter we didn't get Louise

You're really weird, you know that?

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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 20th, 2004 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it was the charisma that was lacking - there didn't seem to be any energy - going through the motions etc. Not as good as last time I saw them.

And just how am I weird? :-)
duranorak From: duranorak Date: December 20th, 2004 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
'Louise' is easily the second-worst - no, hang on, third-worst - single they ever released, you know.

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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 20th, 2004 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah well - as long as it's just a matter of taste!

I like Louise. It's music I once crashed a car to - gives it a special place in my heart. I'll post the set-list up with the review and then when you return to the real/online world after Christmas we can carry on some more.

On a number of occasions during the gig I wished you were there to do the writing for me :-)
duranorak From: duranorak Date: December 20th, 2004 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I can see why that might make it memorable, yes. Oh well, at least it wasn't 'Human' or the truly execrable 'I Need Your Loving'. :)

I bet if you'd given me the setlist I could have written an accurate review without even having been there. ~g~

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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 20th, 2004 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Off you go then...

Mirror Man
Open Your Heart
Tell Me When
All I Ever Wanted
The Lebanon
First Man In Space
Empire State Human
Life On Your Own
The Stars Are Going Out
Just Be Good To Me
Human
Heart Like A Wheel
Sound Of The Crowd
Love Action
Fascination
Don't You Want Me
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Being Boiled
Electric Dreams
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Things That Dreams
duranorak From: duranorak Date: December 20th, 2004 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I would, but 1) there are two songs in there I don't know (does that mean there's a new album in the air?!) and 2) it's going to take me a while to get my head round some of the songs there I *do* know...

I can understand opening with Mirror Man, as it gives a chance for a small amount of theatrics, but. But. Life On Your Own? At a gig? ~sigh~ I love the song, but it's purposely lacklustre, for heaven's sake, you can't play it live!

And -
Just Be Good To Me
It's not. I mean, it wasn't. Not a cover. Surely. Please?

And -
Human
Heart Like A Wheel


Ladies and gentlemen, you're stuck in 1987 AND YOU WILL NEVER ESCAPE. Goodnight.

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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 20th, 2004 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
No expectations - but it's given you something to think about from the sounds of it.

And yes, I think they are stuck in 1987. And I think also that appeals to their aging fans.

Speaking of which, support were a band called Trademark who I doubt were much out of nappies in 1987.
satellite_kid From: satellite_kid Date: December 20th, 2004 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw them a few years back and Phil Oakey sounded really good... although they were a little boring to watch
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