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Concert Tag + Music Monday: Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt (We Are Scientists)

A double whammy for today

Let’s start with my Music Monday, created by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek.

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Since I am also doing The Concert Tag today, I felt I should do a song  by one the bands I have seen the most live. I thought about what my favourite live song was, which is not quite the same as my favourite song. Some songs just WORK live.

I chose Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt by We Are Scientists, as it is one of those songs that I like well enough on record, but live it just has so much energy. And energy is what I look for in a live performance. Energy that feeds into the crowd and back into the band. That is when you know you are seeing a good gig. It is hard to get across on camera, but when you’re in the crowd, you feel it. Some bands have it and some don’t. The ones that do are the ones I tend to go and see again (and again).  If they don’t, I would still happily buy their albums if they sound good, but I may not bother to see them live again.

We Are Scientists are one of the best live bands I have seen. In their 40s these days, these guys just know how to interact with their audience and always get a great response.

I hope it shows in this video.

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THE CONCERT TAG

1. What was the first concert you attended?

I think it may well have been New Kids on the Block (remember that boyband?) in the early 90s. 1992 maybe? I was 12 or 13 I think.

2. What was your most recent concert?

Last gig was Ash in December 2018.

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3. How many concerts have you been to? Name a few.

Lots! Too many to count. Let’s see if I remember some.

Alaskalaska, Alvvays (2x), Arcade Fire, Ash (many), Bis (4x),Blur (2x), Cast (2x), The Charlatans, Emmy The Great, Goldfrapp, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Hidden Charms, Indian Queens, The Hives, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion,  Jose Gonzalez,Kasabian, Kula Shaker,  Kylie Minogue (strangely enough – favour for a friend, but it was fun!), Mogwai, Noel Gallagher’s High Highflying Birds,  Paul Weller, The Pecadiloes, Primal Scream, Pulp, Razorlight, Sigur Ros (2x), Silver Sun, Symposium, The Vines, We Are Scientists (many), YAK and many more that my brain is throwing a blank at! 

4. Which artist have you seen the most live?

Ash and We Are Scientists, because they are both awesome live bands!

5. What’s the furthest you’ve ever travelled for a concert?

I saw We Are Scientists in Portsmouth in England, but we were on holiday nearby at the time, so not sure whether it counts. Excuse the dodgy photo, but it was a fun show 🙂

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6. Best opening act you’ve seen?

Cast opened for Pulp around 1996 and blew Pulp out of the water for me. Kasabian as support for Oasis at Wembley in 2008 surprised me in a good way too. I thought I did not like them…. I stood corrected.

7. Have you met any bands/artists at concerts?

Yep, I met the guys from Ash and We Are Scientists and a couple of other bands, but usually it’s because they sell their own merch, so if you want to buy a Tshirt or an album it’s hard to avoid them!  I do love being able to tell them they were awesome though and I do like a band that is not afraid of their audience.

8.  Have you ever caught a guitar pick/drumstick or setlist?

I got We Are Scientists’ set list at the last gig, which they kindly signed for me and Tim Wheeler from Ash gave me his guitar pick after one of the gigs, which I was thrilled about as he is my favourite guitarist by a country mile.

9. Best concert you’ve been to and why?

Not sure about best concert, but the most memorable concert was what supposed to be the Ash/We Are Scientists double bill in November 2015, three days after the Bataclan attacks. We Are Scientists did not end up playing as their lead singer had been at the Bataclan with his wife and was taking her home, but the other guys joined Ash for the encore. It was such a special atmosphere and I will never forget it.

10. What is your favourite venue?

I really liked the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth. In Holland I am a huge fan of EKKO, which is a venue in Utrecht, and the V11, which is on a boat in Rotterdam. Both are small venues. I am not a big fan of big concerts.

11. Any concerts coming up?

Yes, but only a couple.  I have got tickets to see Vampire Weekend in November (though in a venue I do not like) and I am seeing a new band called Cassia in a small local venue in September.

12. Are there any bands or artists you would still like to see that you haven’t yet?

A few. I haven’t seen Arctic Monkeys yet for some reason. I am rectifying not having seen Vampire Weekend in November. Apart from those I can’t think of any ‘big’ bands I am desperate to see. Otherwise, The Big Moon are high up on my list, as are Asylums and Circa Waves. I am sure I will think of more once I have posted this!

FEEL FREE TO DO THIS TAG IF YOU LIKE AND POP THE LINK TO YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS!

 

 

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Music Mondays: Dead in the Water (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds)

So, I have chosen a Noel Gallagher song for Music Monday this week. Music Monday is hosted by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek.

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Back when I was a teen, I was a huge Oasis fan. I saw them live for the first time in early 1996 – I was sixteen years old. I remember it like yesterday. They were playing Live Forever when singer Liam Gallagher’s voice gave out. Big brother (and songwriter) Noel took over and finished the song before they broke off the gig. There was plenty of outraged fans and seats and all sorts were thrown on the stage and I remember sitting there, in awe of the band I had just seen, who only managed to play half a gig, but made such a huge impression nonetheless. This was a smallish venue, maybe 1000 people, and it was a privilege to see them that day. I never even contemplated demanding my money back.

Many of my favourite songs were the little sensitive B-sides that big brother Noel tended to sing. Though I loved the rockier numbers, these touched my heart. Talk Tonight and Sad Song were favourites.

The last time I saw Oasis was a couple of weeks before they broke up, at Wembley Stadium.

When Oasis inevitably fell apart it was Noel’s music I continued to listen to. His third and most recent High Flying Birds album is probably my least favorite, but there was this little song called Dead in the Water tagged onto the end that reminded me of those old Oasis B-sides, that managed to bridge that gap to teenage me. Something about this song pulls on my heart strings.

 

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Music Monday: Firestarter (The Prodigy)

Time for a tune! Thanks to Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek for giving us our Mondays to share some music 🙂

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Today the sad news was all over the Internet that Keith Flint from The Prodigy had died. He committed suicide, aged 49. I hope he has found his peace.

The Prodigy were massive when I was a teen in the 90s and I remember dancing my socks off to this song too many times to count. The video with Keith being all wacko is iconic, so which better one to choose? I miss 90s era MTV…

To you, Keith!

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Music Monday: True Love 1980 (Ash)

It’s Monday and it’s time for a bit of music. Originally created by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek, this is Music Monday!

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I hope I have not done this before, as Ash has been my favourite band for a minute or two. I just love Tim Wheeler’s song writing – whether they are rocky, punky or poppy, his songs just hit me in the feels.

This song is on the poppy side for these guys and was released as part of their A-Z series in 2009/2010, in which they released a single every two weeks for a year and they really experimented with their sound during this time. There are some amazing varied tunes in that collection!

I love the video for this one – it is basically a contemporary YA book or teen movie condensed into a music video and it’s bloody fantastic.

The song makes me happy! In fact I will play in the car later I think! 🙂 (Ash is always best played very loudly in the car in my opinion)

Lyrics:

True love
A silver heart upon a chain
In 1980 was engraved
A heart so innocent
Before you knew a world of pain
Before you learned to be afraid
And lived through times so cruel
But you can start again
For what you mean to me
No words they can explain

I’ve been trying to discover
Something that can last forever
We’re two fools who stand divided
You and I should be united
True, true love

I watch you dance across the room
Your eyes are closed, you’re beautiful
You’re in another place
The music has enraptured you
So free of cares, I wish that you
Could always feel this way
Oh we can start again
For what you mean to me
I’ll never walk away

I’ve been trying to discover
Something that can last forever
We’re two fools who stand divided
You and I should be united
Don’t be scared of your emotions
I will give you my devotion
True, true love 

True love
A silver heart upon a chain
In 1980 was engraved
A heart so innocent
Yeah we can start again
For what you mean to me
No-one could take your place

I’ve been trying to discover
Something that can last forever
We’re two fools who stand divided
You and I should be united
I’ve been trying to discover
Something that can last forever
Don’t be scared of your emotions
I will give you my devotion
True, true love

 

 

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Music Monday: Inaction (We Are Scientists)

So it’s Monday, which means it is time for some music! Music Monday was created by Drew at the Tattooed Book Geek to showcase some of our favourite tunes.

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I have been feeling a bit winter bluesy lately (SAD) and that combined with some unexpected stuff going on and difficult decisions that need making, I need a bit of extra energy.

So, I have been playing We Are Scientists a lot, because if there is one band that cheers me up and energises me, it’s those guys. I need that energy when I am feeling blue, and they have tons of it, so it makes me feel a bit better.

This is Inaction from their 2006 album With Love and Squalor – I love the energy of the song and the lyrics just remind me of being young and silly (I sometimes need reminding!). That whole album has that fairly uncomplicated high energy sound and I still like and play it a lot. It just makes me feel energized.

I have seen them a few times and they still have that great energy almost fifteen years later. Plus they are hilariously funny. Love this band to the moon and back.

I thought I would include this session performance rather than the video. From 2006.

 Lyrics

Call on the fates, this’ll take a second
While I fall on my face, like everyone else
And we can talk all we want, but all I can say is that
“I’m sorry, and I’m sorry, but I’m never gonna do it again”

Counting all my relevant friends
Well this keeps coming up again and again
If everybody knows how it’s gonna end
Why doesn’t someone stop me
Because I’m sick of waking up on your floor
For the 6th or 7th night in a row
I’m lying next to you in all of my clothes
Someone stop me?

It’s hard to rely on the rhythm section
When they’re all packing up
And they’re heading for the exit
Yeah we’re all about the same
A bunch of slaves to fashion
Who are tall, dark and scared
And just praying for some action

How am I supposed to know what makes this happen?
(how am I supposed to know what makes this happen?)
Well, how am I supposed to know what makes this happen?
(how am I supposed to know what makes this happen?)

(inaction, inaction)
I’m counting all my relevant friends
(inaction, inaction)
’cause this keeps coming up again and again
(inaction, inaction)
If everybody knows how it’s gonna end
(inaction, inaction)
Why doesn’t someone stop me
(inaction, inaction)
Because I’m sick of waking up on your floor
(inaction, inaction)
For the 6th or 7th night in a row
(inaction, inaction)
I’m lying next to you in all of my clothes
(inaction, inaction)
Someone stop me
(inaction, inaction)

(inaction, inaction)
I can’t keep counting on my relevant friends
(inaction, inaction)
’cause this keeps coming up again and again
(inaction, inaction)
If everybody knows how it’s gonna end
(inaction, inaction)
Why doesn’t someone stop me
(inaction, inaction)
Because I’m sick of waking up on your floor
(inaction, inaction)
For the 6th or 7th night in a row
(inaction, inaction)
I’m lying next to you in all of my clothes
(inaction, inaction)
Someone stop me
(inaction, inaction)

 

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Music Monday: Harmony Hall (Vampire Weekend)

Yes, I am taking time out of my reading day to introduce you to one of my favourite bands. When I say favourite band, I really mean the band who made one of my favourite albums of the last ten years…

Anyway, this is Music Monday, a weekly post created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek. Check him out!

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It had to be Vampire Weekend this week. I am peculiar with Vampire Weekend. I liked their first couple of albums fine. They were ok, had some good tunes on it, but not albums I loved playing. That changed with their last album Modern Vampires of the City, which I absolutely loved to the moon and back. I still play it very often.

They dropped a couple of songs and I like the sound of them. Quite mellow, which is fine by me. I prefer mellow Vampire Weekend to frantic Vampire Weekend. Frantic Vampire Weekend drives me a bit mad.

On a side note, I am a huge fan of Ariel Rechtshaid, the producer, mainly because he produced three of We Are Scientists’ albums (one of my favourite bands ever!), but unfortunately according to themselves ( We Are Scientists) can no longer afford him. The tragedy – ha!

Anyway, let me stop chattering on, this is Harmony Hall from their forthcoming album Father of the Bride – love the video (apart from that annoying Sony Music logo!!!! I mean, WTF is that?!).

Lyrics:

We took a vow in summertime
Now we find ourselves in late December

I believe that New Year’s Eve
Will be the perfect time
For their great surrender
But they don’t remember

Anger wants a voice
Voices wanna sing
Singers harmonize
Til they can’t hear anything
I thought that I was free
From all that questioning
But every time a problem ends
Another one begins

And the stone walls of Harmony Hall
Bear witness
Anybody with a worried mind
Could never forgive the sight
Of wicked snakes
Inside a place
You thought was dignified

I don’t wanna live like this
But I don’t wanna die

Within the halls of power lies
A nervous heart that beats
Like a Young Pretender’s
Beneath these velvet gloves
I hide The shameful, crooked hands
Of a moneylender
Cuz I still remember

Anger wants a voice
Voices wanna sing Singers harmonize
Til they can’t hear anything
I thought that I was free
From all that questioning
But every time a problem ends
Another one begins

And the stone walls of Harmony Hall
Bear witness
Anybody with a worried mind
Could never forgive the sight
Of wicked snakes Inside a place
You thought was dignified

I don’t wanna live like this
But I don’t wanna die

Written by Ezra Koenig

Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig

Additional Production by Rostam Batmanglij

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Music Monday: Sandstorm (Cast)

Time for Music Monday! I haven’t done one of these since Christmas time, so shame on me… The meme was created by Drew at Tattooed Book Geek to showcase the songs we like and here is one of mine:

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Back to my 1990s today! Cast was one of my favourite bands when I was a teenager. They are one of those forgotten bands that were very much ‘of the moment’ riding the wave of Britpop. Britpop and (mostly British) punk rock was my jam at the time and I absolutely loved these guys’ sound.  I haven’t listen to them much recently and I should!

I love John Power’s very Liverpudlian vocals, but they won’t be for everyone. It’s such a specific sound. He started Cast after The La’s (of There She Goes fame) sort of fell apart. I remember seeing Cast as the support act for Pulp in 1996/1997 or thereabouts and they completely blew me away.

Cast’s sound, and in particular this song, holds a lot of happy memories for me 🙂

I’ve got a sandstorm blowin’ in my head
I’m seein’ many colors 
But the only one that’s coming through is red
And it’s stoppin’ me dead 
Tryin’ to make some tracks
But my feet are feeling like lead
Stop being bled, stop being bled
Oh my things aren’t the same
Anyone could see that if I stayed much longer
I’d be tamed 
We stopped playing games 
I’m not pointing fingers 
But I’m not taking all the blame 
Playin’ all your games, taking all your blame
I said oh no, I don’t even care
I guess I’ll be seein’ you
I guess I’ll be leaving you today
We’re just not a pair
I know you’ve been trying 
But I just can’t bear to tell a lie’
Tellin’ me all your lies
Tellin’ me all your lies
Lies
Let me take you by the hand
Try to understand, 
You walk me to a land,
Try to understand,
Are you nothing but a man?
I’ve got a sandstorm blowin’ in my head
I’m seein’ many colours 
But the only one that’s coming through is red
You know how we feel, we can’t go on pretending
And we’ve just got to fix the deal
Gotta make it real
Gotta make it real