EDitorial ± 7-Jul-2003
One week. Two gigs. Three days. A social whirl and then some. Keep music live and all that. See, I could have been a music journalist if only Smash Hits hadn't rejected me in 1987. Must dig out that letter sometime. Maybe there was a phone number that still works.
In the left-hand corner we have The Polyphonic Spree, "a shot of orchestral serotonin", according to the NME last year. In the right-hand corner we have I, Ludicrous, those "football-obsessive and all-round smart alecs", or so said the NME back in 1992.
Not that it's fair to compare:
|who||The Polyphonic Spree||I, Ludicrous|
|when||Thursday 3 July 2003||Saturday 5 July 2003|
|where||Corn Exchange, Cambridge||Bull & Gate, Kentish Town, London|
|home at||12:25am||03:15am (admittedly inc. a deliberate diversion over both Tower Bridge and London Bridge)|
|cost||£15||£4 (with flyer)|
|total in band||24 on average||2 plus drum machine|
|chatted with band pre-gig||no||yes|
|encore||change of kaftans & cover of Five Years by Bowie||use of keyboard & cover of Glad All Over by Dave Clark Five|
|set highlight||Soldier Girl||We're The Support Band|
|support||Mull Historical Society||Doll's House|
|number of albums||1||5 - bought the new one, Museum Of Installation, on the night|
|played at Glasto'||yes||no|
|been in John Peel's Festive 50||no||yes, in 1987|
"it is hard to tell where one pale copy of something ends and another one starts"
"dirty middle aged men thrashing out pointless and souless diatribes"
"a magnificent, life-affirming musical experience"
— Washington Post
"Fall-like songs had me tapping my feet and chuckling"
— Spinach Records
|often mentioned with||Flaming Lips||The Fall|
|met Jools Holland||yes, on Later||yes, didn't like him|
Shall we call it a draw?
Be seeing you!