I’d intended to go time-travelling on Saturday (unless you have a time travelling machine you’ll have to wait till Sunday), but by accident my trip started on Friday night with the ‘One Chord Wonders’ playing at The Two Rivers, Staines. In another life when it was ‘The Phoenix’ it was a bit of a sweatbox, on Friday night it still was.
Also, while I’m grumbling, why is it that the bouncers always seem to know that I’m the one who has a problem with authority? I got the evil eye for about half an hour and then one pointedly stood next to me. Two grown men, looking at each other out of the corner of their eyes. He’s looking at an old man with a bad ankle and a bad knee or two, a walking stick and a supply of cancer tablets in the car – just in case. I should be flattered.
The Boomtown Rats’ were never my thing although they did them very well, ‘The Stranglers’ kept turning up – ‘Get a Grip’, ‘No More heroes’ and ‘Nice and Sleazy’. Guildford is just down the road, so it's a local thing.
I’d recommend they gave the Ska numbers a miss but then I’m biased from a summer spent following ‘The SkaSouls’ around town –Staines finest, they are playing again at the end of September.
I loved the Clash’s; ‘London’s Burning’, ‘Tommy Gun’ and of course ‘White man in the Hammersmith Palais’, best song ever written. I was that man in the Palais.
There was a lot of Blockheads stuff and a unique Segway of ‘Pump it up’ (Elvis Costello) morphing into ‘In the Midnight hour’. I really, really enjoyed Eddie and the Hot Rods ‘Do anything you wanna do’. They always did a really spirited rendition of ‘Get out of Denver’ which I would dearly love to hear again, live;
You look just like a commie and you might just be a member,
Get out of Denver, Baby,
Get out of Denver, Baby,
Get out of Denver, Baby, Go, Go, Go.
The drummer gave everything a storming beat – and this even turned ‘Joy Division’s’ austere and bleak ‘Love will tear us apart’ into a wild dance number. I enjoyed that.
‘The One Chord Wonders’ two hour gig seemed to be over in about 5 minutes, which says to me they were good – especially as it was standing room only.
The name comes from the first single by ‘The Adverts’ (Gaye Advert and T.V. Smith of Gary Gilmour’s Eyes fame). I saw ‘Sex Pistols’ and ‘Vibrators’ T-shirts in the audience, three or possibly four Mohican haircuts and a lot of people of a certain age who had come out for a night of New Wave.
None of us were disappointed.
Now, where did I put the key to that time machine?
(a don’t stop till you drop production)