All entries for Wednesday 07 March 2007
March 07, 2007
Why change a winning formula?
I went to see the Fall this week at the Robin 2 in Bilston, Wolverhampton. Supported by a band I hadn’t come across before – Now Assassin – I was hopeful of a brilliant night.
A cool indie rock outfit, Now Assassin consisted of four musicians and one dude standing in the middle of the stage bobbing his head and trying to look cool. I don’t know why but that fella in the middle just made the gig. From his first appearance of shouting at the audience through a megaphone, to him raising alternative pingpong bats with A) and B) written on them he really caught the imagination of the crowd. The music was awesome, and although playing to a fairly elderly audience, got many of them tapping toes and bouncing heads. If you get the chance a definite recommendation.
Like the band themselves, the fans of the Fall are starting to get on in years a bit, so I wasn’t expecting a surging, moshing crowd when the band started. How wrong could I be? To inspire this kind of reaction is a true indication of the power of this bands music and influence. Though they have never made “The Big Time” these guys have been around for ages, and inspired devotion from their fans because of such great songs as we heard that night. Admittedly towards the end of the evening the songs became a little sameish, but I ask, why change a winning formula?
One note of humour in the gig; it was Mark E Smith (lead singer of the Fall)’s birthday. 50 on Monday. And by the time he got on stage he was already blotto. There were three mikes on the stage and he could never make up his mind which one he was singing into.
Compact Disco Single of the Week: Howling Bells – Low Happening
Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
The Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control
Joss Stone – Tell Me ‘Bout it
The Bees – Who Cares What the Question is
Big Bruvaz – Big Bro Thang
The Rakes – We Danced Together
Maximo Park – Our Velocity
The Fratellis – Baby Fratelli
Sugababes vs Girls Aloud – Walk This Way
Razorlight – I can’t stop this feeling I’ve got
Idlewild – No Emotion
Gwen Stefani ft Akon – The Sweet Escape
Five O’Clock Heroes – Skin Deep
The Maccabees – X-Ray
TheRapture – Pieces of the People We Love
The Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres
Jet – Shine On
Camille Jones vs Fedde Le Grande – The Creeps
The Fray – How to Save a Life
Bromheads Jacket – What if’s and maybes
Grace – Wonderful
The Decemberists – O Valencia!
Enter Shikari – Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour
The Feeling – Rosé
Nas – Hip-Hop is Dead
Klaxons – Golden Skans
The Killers – Read My Mind
Brakes – Cease & Desist
Biffy Clyro – Saturday Superhouse
CSS – Off the Hook
Lily Allen – Shame For You
The Horrors – Gloves
Nelly Furtado – Say it Right
Badly Drawn Boy – A Journey From A to B
Willy Mason – Save Myself
Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
The Good, The Bad and The Queen – Kingdom of Doom
Bloc Party – The Prayer
The Shins – Phantom Limb
Snow Patrol – Open Your Eyes
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – I Spy
+44 – When Your Heart Stops Beating
LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum
Ludacris ft Pharell – Money Maker
Mika – Grace Kelly
The Magic Numbers – This is a Song
Mr Hudson and the Library – Too Late Too Late
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