Thursday, April 19, 2007

I Just Can't Be Happy Today Part 2

Part 2:

Now I’m writing this on another train going back the other way to work. I got home and stuffed my face with a cold veggie pie, mash and gravy – I didn’t use cutlery – just fingers and lots of slurping – I must have looked both desperate and disgusting but it was very neccessary. The gig was actually far more low key than I was expecting – I thought it would be rammed seeing as it was sold out but there was lots of room. I overheard what must have been a road or tour manager walk past fuming saying how disappointed he was gesturing at how the rabble at the front were only three deep. That’s probably because those that were pogoing and generally lurching into each other were running out of breath and clutching their sides with stitches after four songs – apart from two die-hard whippet-like Mohican’s who carried on bare-chested to the bitter end. The collective age of the audience was 10,750 and I reckon the average age was 43 or so. Funny. After 2 pints of Star in a nice warm plastic glass and I think during a rousing chorus of ‘I Just Can’t Be Happy Today’ or it could have been ‘Smash It Up’ I had a ‘we really need a riot’ moment. What happened to everyone standing up against the government and not taking their ridiculous policies anymore? Everyone has become so passive and accepting.

So the band were very tight – there were a few moments which went into prog/Pink Floyd freeform mode – it was ok but I could feel we were all there for the energy and the noise and not for the forays into improvisation despite the fact the band have always done that. It got louder as it went on but at first (unless I have gone deaf over the years from too much gig-going) it seemed half as loud as it should have been. Captain Sensible and Dave Vanian were in perfect vintage sync and finally seemed to get into it. Sensible looked timeless in his trademark white rimmed sunglasses, red beret and red/black stripey mohair jumper. Dave Vanian looked like a small, sharp glossy black crow with his 50’s quiff and old-style mic. Monty's keyboards were a bit of a shambles and should have practised more I reckon. It was a long set and once they got going you didn’t want them to stop. It was lovely to meet up with Mr Istvanski a fellow blogger/reader and lover of The Damned. Currently sporting 3 pints of lager on an empty stomach delayed hangover and playing my personally signed live recorded cd of the evening which was recorded by Live Here Now. A little piece of history. Thank god for ticket touts - and my all time favourite venue the 100 Club!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:24 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

piss off spam I hate you

4:20 pm  
Blogger FirstNations said...

what an odd really was all those years ago. and they're still at it. dang.
this was excellent, rocky! wish ida bin there!

4:45 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Firsty - cheers love! I wish you were there too. I know - 30 years - what happened??!

5:52 pm  
Blogger Arabella said...

I was tickled to read about the indesctructable Tommy Chase poster. Hit those cans, hard man!

8:53 pm  
Blogger Istvanski said...

That was a great write up. Captured all the bases / angles of the whole gigging experience for that night. You must've been an NME writer in a previous life.

Saves me from blogging about it.

(I wonder if I can persuade Jif to do The Groundhogs review?)

9:19 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Arabella - I nearly fainted when I saw it - it hasn't moved for all that time - amazing.

Ister - well thank you. I just wrote in a stream of consciousness haze. I should have talked more about the music I guess but I was relying on YOU to do that. Absolutley - Jif needs to write something before the deadline of the 23rd!

11:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have the maybe dubious pleasure of taking my son and his friend to see lost prophets tonight. i'm under strict instructions not to be embarrasing - which will be a stretch. may have to blog this 2moz (as the young folk say)

12:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But we only just met!

1:56 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Rivergirlie - I you're supposed to say "whatevvah' - in fact just say that to anyone who asks you anything at the gig and you will instantly be down with the kids. xx Can't wait for the write-up by the way.

2:09 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

ooh - intelligent Spam - surely not?

2:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would I be dumb? And don't call me Shirley.

2:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone join in with the party?

2:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you bring a bottle?

2:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I that the cost of the bribe to get into this little do?

I'm sick of all you spam emails hogging the limelight. It's hard enough persuading the postmen to push us through someone's letter box, most of us end up as loose advertising supplements in the TV Times.

It's so tragic, no-one cares about us anymore.

2:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Self, self, self. That's all you ever think about, isn't it?

At least us dodgy emails are out there in the internet ether trying to earn a dishonest buck or two.

Wether it's flogging dodgy Rolexes or trying to get gullible punters to part with their bank details through some Nigerian Oil money making least we're trying, you know?

You don't get anything out of this life if you don't get out there mate.

3:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*Sniff* It''s ok, I'll be fine. I don't know what came over me. Stress I suppose. Having to worry wether someone will just disregard the info that I hold and use me to scoop up some pet's uncontrollable diahrrea really gets me down at times.

I hope you'll accept my apologies?

3:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Water under the bridge mate. Why don't we go for a drink? Something syrapy so that you don't end up getting too soggy?

Tell you what, there's a McDonalds down the road. Do you fancy a milkshake?

3:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they do chocolate flavour?

3:08 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure they do kid, I'm sure they do...

3:09 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Wow - spam performance art via the mode of blogging

3:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a tough world out there.

3:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you bloody start!

3:24 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Right - that's it - scrunch scrunch scrunch - you've all been recycled.

4:21 pm  
Blogger tony said...

Was Rat Scabies on Drums? Me & My Son Chris Met him this time last year in London.

11:36 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Was Rat Scabies on Drums?" You make this stuff up don't you.

4:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad!! He means Christopher Miller from The Damned! You are like so embarassing.

5:19 pm  
Blogger tony said...

No Son (sighs patiently)Christopher Miller, Ph.D. is the one who is interested in the basic mechanisms by which ion channel and other membrane transport proteins work. Because these proteins are directly responsible for the ability of nerve cells to generate electrical signals, they lie at the molecular foundations of the nervous system. A major part of his current research is aimed at the structure and function of chloride channels.Just as well, 'cos he was a shit drummer.
(pats head) One day it will all become clear.:)

7:08 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Ooh keep your hair on all of you - no - Rat Scabies wasn't on drums (which I was a little disappointed about seeing as there were rumours going around that he might make a star return!). He is still pursuing the holy grail and has co-written a book about it. Aside from that - I don't think Rat and Captain Sensible ever quite sorted out their differences. I could be wrong. Cue Istvanski as he has seen them play more times than me!

7:37 pm  
Blogger tony said...

yea he gave a talk on the holy grail~ thang when i saw him.Very interesting & witty bloke.

8:40 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Just to make things completely clear:

Rat Scabies (Drummer) was a founder member of The Damned along with Vanian, James and Sensible.
In 1995, disagreements about the release of the album Not of This Earth caused a fallout between Scabies and Vanian, and Scabies left the band. This had the effect of reuniting Vanian and Sensible, who had left The Damned even earlier in 1985, to sue Scabies and form a new line-up of The Damned without him. Scabies remains excluded from The Damned to this day. Scabies is the central character of the 2005 book Rat Scabies And The Holy Grail, written by former music journalist Christopher Dawes - nothing to do with Christopher Miller.

11:06 pm  
Blogger Dick Headley said...

So Vanian was Sensible and Scabies was I close?

3:15 am  
Blogger rockmother said...

Dickley - something like that yes.

10:02 am  
Blogger Istvanski said...

I wasn't aware that Vanian left in '85 because I saw Vanian and Rat together as The Damned in '87, shortly followed by the reunion gigs in '88 and onwards through to the early nineties when Paul Gray joined Sensible, Scabies & Vanian on the "We Really Must Be Going Now" tours.

As for Tony suggesting that Rat is a shit drummer, I trust that was a comment made in jest.

A few people have said that Rat over plays his drums, but to actually see him in action (Re: with short lived combo The Germans @ The Cartoon in Croydon being a prime example) is a marvellous sight to behold. His familiar style is what's missing from the current Damned line up.

2:00 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Ister - I completely agree. If anything was missing from last week's gig it was Rat Scabies. He is a great, instinctive drummer.

2:03 pm  
Blogger Istvanski said...

Oh, hang meant Sensible left in '85.
Sorry, my mistake - you are absolutely correct.

The album "Not of this Earth / I'm Alright Jack & The Beanstalk" is disputed as being an official Damned album by Vanian. The songs are of sub-standard quality (mostly written by Allen Lee Shaw and Scabies) but the drumming on it is superb.

2:05 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Yes - weren't there 2 Damned bands going at one point? Vanian's version and Sensible's version? Previously I meant I agree about Scabies being a good as opposed to a shit drummer. Scabies was always an integral part of the Damned's particular sound. God - hark at us - Damned Spod-geeks Appreciation Society. Perhaps I'll try and get onto Mastermind with specialist subject: The Damned.

2:12 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

PS: I've blown the speakers in the car due to playing the live gig cd too loud! Ha ha.

2:13 pm  
Blogger Istvanski said...

Good grief - but hey! What a way for those speakers to go.

4:36 pm  
Blogger rockmother said...

Ister - They were as old as the car - 93 - so I expect they'd just had enough - went out in style.

5:15 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My haircut went out in style once... oh hang on, no, that's went out OF style.

8:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You stupid boy.

9:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the damned are the best

12:12 pm  

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