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After an invigorating walk through Farringdon The Gait Of My Walk and I arrived at The Dry Bar, proposed venue for the night's gig, to find it suspiciously quiet and closed - so closed, in fact, that we weren't even sure it WAS a venue. I rang Mr C Flowers, whose BIRTHDAY DO it was, and discovered that I'd taken us to the wrong place, and that it was ACTUALLY happening at The Camden Rock in... er... Camden.

I think it originally WAS at The Dry Bar, when first we booked it, but it must have changed without me noticing. We HOPPED onto the tube and were soon in the CoRRECT place where we found Cracktown soundchecking. There was CHAT, there was BEER, and then George Death went on and was GRATE, full of witty songs and REMARKS. He's the man who taught Charlie to play guitar, it's HIS fault!

Charlie wanted INSTANT changeovers, so i BOUNDED on stage to get set up. Charlie introduced me and I thought "Aha! If i did a COMEDY PRATFALL at this point it would be HILARIOUS!" and just as I was thinking how I could do this I ACTUALLY tripped over and went flying across the stage, to great AMUSEMENT. Me, i am a NATURAL at the slapstick!

Anyway, that HOMAGE to Norman Wisdom completed I got on and did THIS:
  • The Peterborough All-Saints' Wide Game Team (Group B)
  • The Gay Train
  • Bands From London (are shit)
  • Man Band
  • Being Happy Doesn't Make You Stupid
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Easily Impressed
  • Boom Shake The Room

  • It was a whole LOT of fun, people seemed to get RIGHT into it, especially when we got to the Joining In Bits towards the end, and nobody seemed to mind that Man Band was a bit shakey. I've never played it live before, but thought I ought to as it's ABOUT Charlie reaching an age (ever nearer) when he's going to form a Man Band. My favourite bit though was introducing Bands From London (are shit) by saying Charlie and I first met when he threatened to kill me, and half the room saying "Me too!" ARF!

    After that it was Cracktown, who were dead good as ever tho even MORE talkative than I remember from gigs in Hull. It was lovely to see them and, INDEED, a lovely night all round, and I made my way out into the Camden Night full of the joys of ROCK. It's good to be back On The Road again!

    posted 21/1/2009 by MJ Hibbett

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