|27th October 2014 London - The Sun God Looking Almost Too Kindly On Us.......Beware! The Ice Age Cometh!|
October's been a busy month here at gnu inc central and it all kicked off on 4th October with our second visit of the year to Birmingham to celebrate the imminent release of 1979 Now! on 6th October. Love Birmingham. This time we were right in the centre of town and big bustling, culturally diverse conurbations give me a big buzz (apart from one way systems, no entry signs, parking, lack of and roadworks, but then getting lost on way to/back from venues is par for the Sect course and no trip is complete without at least one moment when everyone realises we're going in the wrong direction). http://visitbirmingham.com/
|1am Going Nowhere At Rather Euphemistically Named Paradise Circus. Still Billboard A Nice Touch I Thought!|
|Courtesy of Colin Walker|
' I Remember My Time As Common Thief' from Long Term Side-Effect (1998 Tugboat) has recently been reintroduced to the set, filmed by Lee.
And possibly one of the best live versions of Stool Pigeon, also happens to be filmed by Lee.
PS There were two people at the back who'd bafflingly paid £20+ to stand and have a footie conflab over the noise of a packed gig, sounded like Chelsea fan and Man Utd fan (at a gig in Birmingham??) with the Chelsea fan giving out most of the gab........... ..nothing new there then!
We stayed at a Premier Inn again, in the city centre overlooking the canal at the back (note- activity until the early hours on towpath when we were there, which was a warm Saturday night), friendly welcome, clean and comfy. It was touch and go whether we'd be able to squeeze the gnumobile back in to the car park on our return after the gig and it is fairly noisy due to it's proximity to Birmingham's central hub of bars, clubs, restaurants, etc, which to be fair PI warn about when booking and closing the window does shut out the road noise. So despite a couple of drawbacks I would still recommend as a reasonably priced city centre hotel. http://www.premierinn.com/
Everyone chuffed to bits that 1979 Now! has had such a brilliant reception with amazingly good reviews, comments and tweets. Andrew Paul Shaw's wonderful cover art work and design (above) justly getting a lot of attention. Big Ups to BBC 6 Music, and particularly to Marc Riley for all the plays. Vic & the Sect are looking forward to their next session in Manchester on 11th December.
Live review here: http://www.isolationrecords.co.uk/peelnightlive.html
Photographs courtesy of 'Jane Barnes' and there are also some great videos (some of you will have seen them on Vic's FB page) of the night to give you a taste of the atmosphere by Nigeyb, Lee Mcfadden and Tracey Holloway have SEVEN Subway Sect plus Cravats and Fallen Leaves videos (and lots more) at their leefact25 YT channel. The set closed with this stonking version of 'Chain Smoking' filmed by Lee.
And a bit of Northern Soul - thanks to Steve Clements for his video of 'Devil's in League With You', with Vic's 'sock' intro featuring Asbo Derek's Jem Price, who introduces the sock topic, much to Yusuf's bemusement!
Me and the gnu don't usually allow Vic to intrude on the blog but she didn't go to Bologna so a one off sanction has been granted for Vic's Bologna Report:
|Poster by Kevin Younger|
All the stress evaporated when we arrived in Italy as we were taken care of by the lovely Elisa who took us out to lunch and then on a tour of Bologna, the high point being a visit to the Church of Santa Maria dellla Vita which is home to the famous Compianto del Cristo Morto (Lamentation over the Dead Christ), considered one of the masterpieces of Italian sculpture, modelled by Niccolò dell'Arca in the second half of the 15th century.
|Kentish Cherries in Bologna by K Younger|
We went on about midnight and the group played another blinder of a set which went down well. Afterwards the Sect were getting down to the Slade singing Mama WEER all crazee now and Glitterrmen with I'm the leader of the gang. Sadly no pictures or video of Kev in action. We got back to base about three, awoke for a relaxed breakfast at ten and then a leisurely drive to the airport.Many thanks to everyone at Covo Club, we're looking forward to coming back.
It was when we landed at Gatwick that the stress returned. Flight arrived on time but after a very long passport queue then the very slow shuttle journey back to the car park there were only minutes before we over ran our time slot. Kev and I leapt from the bus and dashed for the car when Kev suddenly realises he doesn't have his guitar and belts off after the shuttle which Mark. Ian and Yusuf had just alighted from. Noticing Kev hurtling after the bus, Yusuf yells at him that he's got the guitar.so Kev does about turn to sprint back to the car. Heading hell for leather for the barrier only skidding to a halt for the others to scramble aboard, taking off again with doors open, I realise I don't know where the ticket is so have to get Kev to search my pockets as I'm driving. Made it, just. Lesson learned? Pay twice the price and use the short stay car park at Gatwick. Back to Gert for-
Coming Up In November
Not long now! So been looking forward to the one and only trip to Scotland this year and the two Sounds In The Suburbs gigs with Subway Sect and The Sexual Objects. It's been 2 years since Vic last played in Scotland with the Sect
14th November Stereo Glasgow
15th November Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh
A bit of Mood Enhancement below from The Sexual Objects with: there is a radius of waves.
Tickets from Alan Suburb at: 07944354459 & email@example.com & Tickets Scotland.
Thursday 20th November
Time travelling back to the 80's club scene for a very special night of Cool Bop and Swing with Vic and The Subway Sect performing Songs For Sale and very Special Guests New York Dollies, Jake Vegas' Hooded Cobra, Club Left DJ Johnny Britton and Wag DJ Chris Sullivan. Going to be a real trip down memory lane with Vic getting back together with Chris Bostock, Rob Marche, Sean McLusky and guest pianist Greg Foat, for one night only (well, possible there will be more!). Be There or Be Square.
SUPER STOP PRESS - Christmas Gigs!
Friday 12th December - Vic Godard & Subway Sect Blue Orchids and Kill Pretty's very talented Josh Dutton doing a solo spot are playing at Dulcimer Bar Chorlton Manchester M21 0AE.Doors 7.30pm.
Tickets going fast.
Returning to London on Saturday 13th December for Big Pink Cake's Christmas Party All Dayer at the Betsey Trotwood, last Sect gig of 2014. Nine groups, DJs, after show party and all the festive fun all starts at 2pm and carries on til 1am.This is a cosy venue and at time of writing there were only 14 tickets left.
'16 Again' - A new online series of short films by Martyn Smith and World Of Hoopla. Episode 1 features Vic reminiscing about David Bowie's chauffeur, A Clockwork Orange inspired incident at Putney Fair and the Generation Game in one easily consumable bite-size package.Highly entertaining.
Lots of goodies in the Bentshoppe at the moment including 'It's Just The Way Things Are Joe, It's Just The Way Things Are' a compendium of tracks from the first three albums by The Nectarine No9.
Video's a bit of a find.
Immensely enjoyed following John Bolloten's photographic diary of his recent visit to Egypt. A companion piece to Bradford Street perhaps? 'Cairo Street'?
On the left Birqash camel market, Cairo.
'Mat Sargent began the Sex Drugs and HIV project in 1995, containing 40 tracks and featuring over two hundred musicians, spanning 5 decades of music.'
This is an extraordinary labour of love, commitment and perseverance, with an awe inspiring roll call of participants, including Vic, who contributed guitar and backing vocals to 'Greek Street' quite early on (although I couldn't tell which bits were him).http://www.sexdrugsandhiv.com/
payaso de mierda - 'how can I know what I think till I see what I say?’ (e.m. forster) - semi socratic dialogues and diatribes on the subjects of football, music, ireland, culture and politics by Ian Cusack. Eyes & Ears lV includes a review of the Children of Godard gig at the Star & Shadow 19/09/2014 - http://payaso-de-mierda.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/eyes-ears-iv.html
|Tunnels Aberdeen by Dod Morrison|
Miqui Puig - Listen out for 1979 Now! plays on Can Tuyus - http://programes.laxarxa.com/programa/can-tuyus/
James Plays - James 1 The Key Will Keep The Lock
Hmm. Not what I was expecting, thought it would be more along the lines of Henry V but from a different perspective but it was very low key, bit unfair to compare to Shakespeare though. Also distracted by hunger and anticipation of the Kafkaesque nightmare to come - finding a way out of the National and South Bank complex, it was unnerving enough trying to find a way in. All in all I wish I'd seen it at the Edinburgh Festival and before the referendum.
Armistead Maupin 'Tales of the City' - I read this series of novels about the inhabitants of San Francisco apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane when they came out, first one in 1978. I've just started rereading and am enjoying them as much as before. ''a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live'' - couldn't have put it better myself but would also add there are threads of darkness and melancholy that run throughout.
This is an excerpt from the TV series from Chapter 1-
Thought about commenting on various home (immigration) and world events (ISIS) but decided WEER ALL CRAZEE NOW so..........TTFN
OK, just one-http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/european-union-migrants-add-20bn-to-the-british-economy-in-just-a-decade-9839890.html
' European Union migrants add £20bn to the British economy – in just a decade.'
Could it be because we have a general election on the horizon in the UK that most parties are focusing on non existent immigration issues and pandering to people's unfounded prejudices as a smokescreen, in order to divert the electorate's attention from the fact that none of them have election manifestos and nothing to offer any demographic, except the privileged few. Call me cynical but could the forthcoming election also be the reason the Lib Dems are only now trying to do everything they can to distance themselves from the Tories, in contrast to their previous assertions that it was a 'united' government and Labour are doing their damnedest to try and prove that they are not Tories in disguise, obviously failing miserably. The word duplicitous springs to mind, but then that could be applied to an awful lot of political representatives of the people so why don't we do something about it? If we the people, instead of moaning but putting up with it, follow the Scottish example (84% turn out for the referendum) in the election next year and actually use our hard won right to vote we really can at the very least keep the outlandish crazies out, otherwise we really deserve the government we end up with.Just saying.