Thursday, September 21, 2006
I've grown up with the hippies now.....
Tuesday I dared the trip to Millwall. Even dared to visit a couple of pubs in New Cross. The Amersham Arms, a music venue pub, was ok. Goldsmiths college is nearby and a few students were dotted around at 6.30pm. Then I had a ten minute walk to the Five Bells. A large pub on a corner, plenty of floor space and a smallish bar. I was served by a short, fairly pleasent to look at, blonde eastern european barmaid and watched the various team news on Sky Sports News here. A strange notice was by the gents asking non-customers using them to contribute towards the charity box. Anyway no threatening yobbos were in here and a nice pre-match pint was had. Onto the game and a fairly comfortable 4-0 victory for us. As it happens, most of the yobbos seem to have disappeared as the attendence was scarcley above 5000. To avoid being locked in as Millwall fans left the station I had to say I drove and walked round with the locals to South Bermondsey station where the 21.53 got me back to Suttton with plenty of time to spare for a final pint of the day in the Old Bank.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Dirty Pretty Things - Coronet 13.9.06
Onto the gig. The Coronet was similar to the Forum in Kentish Town. Bar at the back and a drop down a few stairs to the actual floor area, with raised bits either side. Dirty Pretty Things were introduced by Russel Brand (a man described in that days metro as a tosser!) He wasn't funny and took about 10 minutes in his introduction. DPTs came on and opened with 'You F---ing Love It'. The sound and view were good and 'Deadwood' was an early highlight. For 'Gin And Milk' it was surprise guest time with Paul Weller being dragged out and then disappeearing as soon as the song ended. Three or four new songs were played which sounded ok before ending the first bit before the encore with 'Bang Bang You're Dead' their best song. Now call me a traditionist but bands should only comeback for an encore if there's demand for it. Here, after the band walked off there was no cheering or clapping merely background chat. Obviously no-one was leaving but I wouldn't have blamed the band for calling it a night at this stage, and although there was a cheer when they returned it was hardly a deserved encore. Still, they bought back Weller who introduced a sond he hadn't performed for 26 years. It was the Jam's 'In The City' but the fact Carl Barratt took vocals and Weller stood at the back strumming a guitar that may not even have been plugged in could hardly count as performing. Once again Weller departed after three minutes and DPTs stormed into their only Libertines song and last one of the night 'I Get Along'. Very good it was too and allowed me to get on the penultimute train home. Alas having stopped raining when I got on, as I approached home there was one of the most electric lightning storms I have seen. I got home not as soaked as I could have been using some free newspapers from the train as shelter!
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sulphur at Tone's Sunday 10th September
Sulphur Set - Try To Write (jam) / Try To Write / London Calling / We're So Clever / Fade Out Of Sight / It's Been Ages Becky / This Is How It Feels / Share This World / Sproston Green
Friday, September 08, 2006
Found out this pub is closing on Monday 11/9. An outrage! This is a must visit on any trip to London. A true rock pub it is a travisty that it is being sold for flats. Not that it'll make much difference there is a petition at intrepidfox.com which I have signed.
I made a special visit Saturday, coming back from Ipswich to enjoy a final pint in one of London's truly historic and great pubs. Despite having to queue for half an hour to get in, and making a charitable donation on admittance I was not disappointed. Heard AC/DC, Van Halen and BonJovi all at a reasonable volume and mingled with many rock fans including several rock chicks! As a gordie bloke in an Angelic Upstarts T-Shirt said, it's a great shame and he had to make an effort to show his respects for a truly unique place. We'll have to wait and see where the London Rock & Alternative scene make their new home, but I doubt it will have the tradition od a truly fine pub.
4 Bills, Bad Influence and Crouch on Fire!
Saturday, watched the England - Andorra game (pointless, AFC Wimbledon would give them a better game!) before going to the Windsor Castle in Carshalton where Bad Influence (a local blues group with Thunder's drummer Harry James) were playing. Fewer covers than normal but they did end with 'Keep Your Hands To Yourself' so it wasn't too bad a night. Noticeably about 80% of the clientiele were smokers which is unusual in this day and age. Maybe something to do with Blues music.
Finally watched Crouch continue his goal run in the Hand & Racquet in Wimbledon with a few mates. Bit of a crap game though did get a good seat at a big table in front of one of the tellys.
As for this weekend, firstly I am off to Ipswich tomorrow for the Saints. Always like going to Portman Road, quite a few good pubs and alawys a good view from the away area.
Sunday, sulphur play Tone's at North Cheam for an afternoon set. Believe we're on around 2.30/3pm for a solid half hour set. Should be fun although with Matt being on honeymoon there's been hardly any rehearsal time so don't expect any new stuff / surprises as we'll be sticking more or less to what we know!