What Gig's Have You Been To?

Couldn't see a thread dedicated to live music.

I went to see The Specials last night at Rock City,Nottingham.  Good gig small venue (about 2500).  Decent atmosphere.  Was almost a very short concert with Mr Hall threatening to walk off after bottles were thrown.  It seems some people just can't help acting like idiots.  Some well dressed folks about too.  I'm always blown away when I see a women skinheads, a male skinhead so what?  But a woman skinhead that takes guts.

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  • Last night: The Seen! (top two) are a top Psych/Mod/Garage outfit from Bonn; The Recalls (bottom) are a chilenian (via Stuttgart) garage band with a hint of '66 Beatles.

  • Also got tickets for The James Hunter Six at the Brixton Blues Kitchen in May.  Oh, and Delvon Lamaar Organ Trio at the Jazz Cafe.  Like I said about the quality of the recorded music around right now, the live scene is alive and kicking too.

    • Agreed; both great acts!

  • This looked too good to miss, given my current read is Billy’s book about skiffle - Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World - tickets arrived today.

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    • What's this ? I'm all for diversity - but skiffle ? Tea chest bass and washboard. Have a word with yourself.

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    • I used to play music in High School, the school's symphony orchestra (led by our teacher Irina Grigoryan, mother of two of  Australia's famous guitarists, Slava and Leonard) and the school's big band. I don't regret it as it gave me an understanding and appreciation for different kinds of music.

      Most of Britain's popular and well respected musicians during the 1960s - 1970s wouldn't have a career in music if it weren't for Lonnie Donegan, including Van 'the Man' as advertised above. Look up Jimmy Page skiffle on Youtube. He was only about 15. Legends had to start somewhere... and it all started with the blues... However, according to Keith Richards in a documentary, he once stated mockingly that "[Britain] got the blues courtesy of Adolf..." Love the double entendre... ;-)

      If you don't like Donegan's 'My Old Man's A Dustman', I suggest you listen to NZ's Howard Morrison Quartet's politically incorrect song 'My Old Man's An All Black'... Very tongue in cheek and coming from the fact the band members were Maori, having rugby players in the family, describes perfectly how Maori players were treated in those days. I don't condone rascism, but love truth hurts. The late Sir Howard Morrison said in an interview once that they wrote the song on tour, composing after hearing Donegan 's song and that whenever they played it, it caused riots! :-D

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    • It's about music - not race, ethnicity, religion or gender. 

      Musicians will usually say something like 'it's all music', and therefore people like what they like and don't like what they don't like. Mods were no different, and I can say with some certainty that skiffle, rockabilly, rock'n'roll was not the music they would listen to or go anywhere near. It may seem, in these more enlightened times, that those mods were exhibiting closed minds and a narrow, exclusive point of view. Well, they didn't have closed minds but it can be argued that they were following a narrow and exclusive point of view. If so, it's because they were attempting to create a different lifestyle to that followed by the mainstream. That encompassed clothes, music, style and -  most importantly - attitude. You were a mod, you didn't go out looking like you'd just come off a building site, even if that was your job. You didn't stroll about in a pair of baggy jeans with 4 inch turnups, a check shirt and a bootlace tie. You didn't hang about in the coffee bars of Old Compton Street - you weren't trad, dad, or a beatnik, or a college student (God Bless Their Pointy Little Heads).You weren't listening to Nancy Whiskey and Chas McDermott. You weren't sitting there nodding your head and tapping your hand on your knee to Tommy Steele singing the blues (if ever a song had a wrong title) or calling Elvis Presley 'The King' - all that was for the other side of the road, where the motorbikes and greasy leathers hung out, going potty to Link Wray's 'Rumble.' Lonnie Donegan was part of that. He may well have been an excellent musician, but he was part of that, where the guy with a DA and his girl with a bouffant stuck their chewing gum on the bedpost.

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    • Hey, I'm a Mod and I go to college! :)

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    • Thats an awfull lot of what Mods were NOT

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    • I'm pretty sure mods were trying to get away from the mainstream.

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