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I took the long long BUS ride out to Stoke Newington last night to play my 44th gig of 2005, also known as - oh yes - my Last UK Date Of The Year. I feel VALID in putting it that way because i MIGHT be playing in New York in a few weeks, and even if that doesn't happen I'm playing in New Zealand in December... it's at my brother's wedding, but it still counts!

So yes, I got there to find a whole BUNCH of lovely people relaxing to the TOONS, and got myself sorted out. In what felt like a very short time i was ON, and this is what i DID:
  • The Peterborough All-Saints' Wide Game Team (Group B)
  • Red & White Sockets
  • Hey Hey 16K
  • The Drummer's Lament
  • The Perfect Love Song
  • Billy Jones Is Dead
  • The Fight For History
  • Fucking Hippy
  • Clubbing In The Week
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Easily Impressed
  • Boom Shake The Room

  • I really REALLY enjoyed it! For some reason my NERVES were at a minimum - i forgot the words to the start of Drummer's Lament, and when that DIDN'T cause the entire room to storm the stage in disgust i RELAXED even more and GOODNESS ME ended up yapping away between songs like nobody's business. It was FUN!

    Afterwards everybody was EXTREMELY nice, CDs were sold, and then I drew THE RAFFLE. GLAMOUR! Then i went downstairs and became EMBROILED in a lengthy conversation about BOOKS, featuring the Exciting Pub Topic "At high speed, name your favourite EVER book (and you can be as blindingly obvious as you like), your favourite book you bought when it came OUT, and the book you REALLY like that will make other people RECOIL in horror at the admission." It was all very jolly, and LOGICALLY we then took the same topic on to RECORDS, and LO! there was much recoiling in horror and even more saying of "YEAH! That is a GRATE record/book, OOOH!"

    Like in Northampton, it seemed to be a room PACKED with really nice people, and i had a DELIGHTFUL time, even going so far as to have a lengthy conversation about Paul McCartney's solo career, which i personally consider the SUREST SIGN of a good night. I also spoke to a nice chap who said "Have you ever thought of writing a book?" Usually I take this to mean "Have you ever thought of writing a book INSTEAD OF bellowing so unpleasantly, and could you do it soon please?" but it turned out he really meant it and works as an BOOK EDITOR, so who knows eh? I am a little AFEARED at the idea of such a lot of work, but he reassured me and it seems you can do it in little BITS, so maybe I'll have a go. If nothing else it would mean i could FINALLY fulfil the promise I made to Mr Alan Norcliffe, my teacher when i was ELEVEN, that I would one day send him a copy of my first book. I nearly sent him a copy of VoonTHE CURSE OF VOON but i don't think that's what he meant!

    ANYWAY, it was a LOVELY evening, topped off by yet ANOTHER nice chap giving me a lift home to Leytonstone, which I thought was ESPECIALLY groovy. It was a GRATE night out all round, and a pretty bloody excellent way to end the year in ROCK!

    posted 7/11/2005 by MJ Hibbett

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    Comments:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the set - it was inspiring. Glad we managed to navigate Leightonstone successfully!

    Got to go now - I've got the solo career of Paul McCartney to research, and Barking tickets to buy!

    Oh - and you got blogged.

    Peter (cathedrow.livejournal.com)
    posted 7/11/2005 by Peter

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