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2nd November 04
Moat House Hotel, Stratford.
early with our annual farce of a photo shoot for next years
poster. As next year's publicity is to be for 1965, we
settled on the "Help!" cover, but spelling out
"LIVE" instead of "HELP" with the
semaphore. As we need the shots to be taken in daylight, there
was much "ooohh do we have to?" going on....no one wanted
to do this outdoors, but tough titties...it was all over by
You can see the mock Help! cover here Click
We have quite a bit of time to kill before setting off to
Stratford, so we decided to hit "early doors" at the
Char Ni Chinese restaurant. At just under six quid for three
courses it's a steal, even though the waiters are possibly the
most brusque this side of Kowloon. Roy opted out of the
MSG's and went for a very tasty looking mushroom omelet, but
the rest of us went for the set meal with surprisingly little
argument over who was to eat the last rib.
Arriving at the Moat House, we found the trusty Spectrum lads
in full debate as to whether to wait for the ordered sarnies,
or go for a walk to find the local chippy. They decided
to go for a walk, 30 seconds later a plate of wraps and
sarnies duly arrived. Fortunately for the crew, we were
all stuffed or they would have had nothing when they returned
from their food quest unfulfilled. We did, however, decide to
drink their coffee as it would have gone cold. Eddie appointed
himself "mother" which is never a good idea and very
soon, there was coffee all over the table, the carpet, a chair
and splatters on his kecks, with not enough liquid left in the
jug to go round 4 of us.
We had done this gig last year, but this time, the client had
requested 2 spots, which we find never works very well on
corporate jobs. Tonight was no particular exception. We
went down well, but it wasn't until the second half that the
audience really got going.
8th November 04
Aimee Mann on DVD
A shameless plug for Aimee's first
DVD. Seeing as she is no longer played in the interval
of our show, this is blatant advertising for her new
product..... You will have to keep looking though cos
Amazon have sold out of new copies but you can order it used.
Mann: Live At St. Ann's Warehouse [DVD/CD]
Disc One: DVD
Live Concert :
Interviews : Slide Show : Behind the Scenes
Disc Two: CD
Aimee Mann Live 2004
11th November 04
Metropole Hotel, NEC.
Forgot to take the camera to this gig, so there aren't the
usual, highly interesting, photos of this. Which is a
shame really, cos the set that the production company had
built for this corporate event was really impressive.
Are there any bands out there that can explain... why... when
playing in hotels, they always give you a room to change in
that is furthest from the lifts? This changing room must
have been a quarter of a mile from the stage. Maybe it
is to incite ridicule from the hotel guests... we may
13th November 04
Dudley Town Hall, Dudley.
The concert that
almost never was!
Just setting off for what should have been an leisurely 90
minute drive to Dudley when Dave rings to say that they have
been stuck on the M6 in Stafford for an hour. Turns out
a lorry had jack-knifed and the police had closed the
motorway.....handy! So we have to take the A roads which
will at least double the time it's going to take us to get
As it turned out, everything was just about done in time, even
though there was not enough time for a proper soundcheck.
The doors opened straight after the line checks. This
was all a bit of a worry, as there are some strange things
going on with acoustics of the Town Hall with its barreled
ceiling. According to Ade though, the sound in the
concert was actually not too bad at all. This may have
been helped by having a full house to soak up the
reverb. It was a great response from the audience and we
all really enjoyed the show.
The posters for
next years show have now arrived back from the printers, and
we have 20 to give away to the first people who would like
one. Please fill in the mailing list form here
so that we can mail it to you. Don't forget to mention
that you want a poster!!
Live photos by Ashleigh
20th November 04
Secret Location, West
A private engagement in a gaff that
resembled "Baskerville Hall". This was the
second year that we had played this party, with a Latin group
called Plenka. Both groups were set up in the hallway,
and in spite it's relatively vast size, we found that we had
very little space in which to perform. There was a
constant banging of headstocks and much concentration was
needed not to smack the people dancing in front of us with the
John insisted on being photographed with as many things on his
head and in his mouth as possible and is looking for work as a
tribute to George Chisholm.
23rd November 04
Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon.
I don't care if you
DO think I'm miserable!!!... Christmas should be
kept in December....it gets on me wick seeing all the decos.
up in November.
Second time for us at the Ashcroft, and there must have been
at least a dozen more people at this show than at the same
fixture last year. Of course, about half of these were
made up of freeloading theatrical agents who were on a cheap
night out!!! It was nice to see Mark (Mark Lundquist
Management), Liz & Beryl (Upbeat) and Tracy
(Essential)...Hope you all enjoyed the show!
There was a bit of a cock up on the multicore side of things
tonight. The Spectrum multicore was ever so slightly too short
to travel the strangled route from the stage to the front of
house mixing position at the back of the auditorium which
meant that Ade had to mix the band from side-stage, which was
less than ideal, but he seemed to cope quite well.
Stopped off after show for fish n chips....Eddie got the
largest cod ever.