Both are free acoustic gigs where I won’t have room to swing a drum stick, so I’ll probably be revealing my inadequacy on the cajon. We may also have to ration Charlie to just, say, 10 of his favourite instruments, and Matthew to 90 of his favourite decibels.
The other night, over post-practice pints in the Lewes Arms, we got talking silly Sussex band names.
Best / worst so far:
Dirty Three Bridges
Frankie Goes To Hollingdean
Bonnie Prince Billingshurst
Wu Tangmere Clan
Rodmell & Kim
Everything But The Firle
Nick Haywards Heath
Ten Polegate Tudor
Recently we’ve got into a bit of a thing with reading various musical non-fiction. It accidentally started when I bought It’s Lovely to be Here, James Yorkston’s notes from 10 years of gigging, and it ended up getting passed around the band.
James’ writing is similar to his lyrics and narration; amusing, honest, gently self-mocking. The book’s great, and it appears to have cemented JY in the band’s affections – even if he did tell Charlie’s moothie to feck off.
Currently doing the rounds is The Glamour Chase, Tom Doyle’s biography of the eclectic, mercurial and sadly departed Billy MacKenzie. I didn’t know much about MacKenzie, being a bit young for the Associates in their time, but a corner of my head is forever reverberating to Party Fears Two; possibly the weirdest and most brilliant hit single ever. Reading this was partly an (unsuccessful) attempt to exorcise this glorious earworm.
Matthew’s first contribution to Band Book Club is Alanna Nash’s The Colonel, which tells the story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis. Again, don’t know much about Elvis – don’t like his music much – but the shadowy Colonel sounds far more intriguing. Looking forward to finding out more, thangyouverymuch.