Robyn Hitchcock... Gigography

The Soft Boys
Concert appearance: Wed., 5 Dec. 2001

Northampton, England UK
"live rehearsal"

Set list:

Queen of Eyes
Kingdom of Love
Pulse of My Heart
Old Pervert
Unprotected Love
Japanese Captain
I Love Lucy
Underwater Moonlight
La Cherite
Bells of Rhymney (Pete Seeger/Idris Davies)
Lions and Tigers
Sudden Town
Mr. Kennedy
My Mind is Connectedů
Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd)
Insanely Jealous

Well, last night's show at the Roadmenders was one of the best so far...
the place itself was salubrious enough, with a vibe of school disco about
it. Though it's a small club (capacity can't be much more than 100), it was
by no means packed out last night... 30 odd people including my gig
companion (we'll call her Grasspeare), the wonderful Jim Davies (who kindly
drove us) and the fabulous Tony Blackman (whose recording may have gone
horribly wrong).

The support band wore glasses and sported guitars (such a cliche!). That's
pretty much all I can say about them without sounding uncharitable... the
music seemed happy enough to float around in the background nobody seemed
to mind too much.

Time passed. Kimberley popped up and started tuning guitars (Anyone who's
seen me play will tell you I could do with this service) and before long
the Soft Boys were on stage. Robyn introduced the gig as being largely new
songs that they wanted to try out, but promised familiar material also
(they started with QOE... nice to get that one out of the way early).

Sadly, I wasn't keeping score, so who knows how many songs were played, or
indeed, what they were... unhelpful I know, but among the new songs were
Japanese Captain, Om (dedicated to George), Cheritaine (sp?) and a few
others the memory of which escapes me for now - perhaps Tony or Jim
remember more? All in all, from the strength of the new material (including
the old new material - Pulse Of My Heart, Mind Is Connected et al), the new
album will be blinding... I just can't wait for next Wednesday - all ye UK
fegs should really make the effort - from what I hear, best to get them
while they're hot!



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