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On Friday night The Lighting Of My Blue Touch Paper and I went off to LICHFIELD to see some pals and generally have a LOVELY time. On Saturday afternoon we came back South, stopping off at Northampton, where i was due to play at The Labour Club. I haven't been to Northampton for over a decade, and the only thing I know about it with any sureity is that Alan Moore comes from there, so i was on the LOOKOUT for him at every turn. At one point i got VERY EXCITED as I thought I'd seen him, but it was only a tall lady with long black hair, and not him at all.

The DO I was playing at was arranged jointly by Winston Echo and The Retro Spankees, LOVELY people all, and Josh from the latter did a solo SPOT to start things off which was RATHER JOLLY. Jism Sick (i think) played next and ALSO were RATHER JOLLY, although it was a little confusing because the young lady singing (whose name i forgot to ask) was REALLY GOOD at it. This is not meant to DISHONOUR anybody else playing that night, but you get used to people singing in A Serviceable Voice (NB the sort of thing i DREAM of attaining), so when she started singing some, frankly quite JAPE-ISH, songs with such a Striking Voice, my dears one was rather taken aback.

Then it was ME, and i played THIS:
  • The Peterborough All-Saints' Wide Game Team (Group B)
  • Red & White Sockets
  • Hey Hey 16K
  • The Drummer's Lament
  • The Fight For History
  • Fucking Hippy
  • Clubbing In The Week
  • The Lesson Of The Smiths
  • Easily Impressed
  • Boom Shake The Room

  • ... and I must say I REALLY enjoyed myself, especially during "Hey Hey 16K" when Jo From The Retro Spankees started clapping along - usually that sort of thing's a bit rubbish, as The English are not particularly GIFTED in such things, but she was doing SYNCOPATED clapping, and it sounded GRATE - i was IMPRESSED! The rest of the set FLEW by and i had a GRATE time doing it.

    Afterwards we had a quick chat to several people, including Mr Winston Echo who had arrived HOTFOOT from his job, and LURKED ABOUT for a little bit before we had to FLEE. We'd had DIRE WARNINGS about Northampton City Centre during the evening, and so I wanted to get back to our HOTEL (oh yes!) before too late. Unfortunately this led to us NOT perhaps seeing Northampton in its best light - the streets were strewn with sick and dotted with groups of people spoiling for a FITE, and when we got back to the hotel there were BOUNCERS on the door to stop raging hoardes of people coming in and RAMPAGING! There wasn't a club or anything inside or anything, apparently that's just what happens!

    As I say, I may have judged it harshly due to the circumstances, but it's a funny old place - it felt like we were in the PROPER NORTH, far past Sheffield, whereas actually it's only JUST in the South of The Midlands at ALL. It's odd. But anyway, we DID have a really LOVELY time amongst GRATE people, and hopefully i will get to head back up that way in the New Year.

    And now a brief respite before i head to Stoke Newington for what MAY BE my Final UK Gig Of The Year! Blimey!

    posted 6/11/2005 by MJ Hibbett

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