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Friday, December 05, 2008

Nouvelle Vague (gig + a pop quiz all in one)...

Having canceled shows left, right and centre recently we were lucky to see '60s Bossa nova-style funsters Nouvelle Vague last night at the Kentish Town Forum. And lucky was the right word. They were great. Stu, Drew, David and I watched them perform all their 'hits' i.e songs from their first two albums of covers (Nouvelle Vague and Bande A Part) and also stuff from their forthcoming (as yet unnamed) third album. Most of the night was spent playing "name that tune"; a gig + a pop quiz all in one!

The highlight of the night though was the performance of The Dead Kennedys' Too Drunk to Fuck. Mid-song the lead singer took a swig from her bottle of water and then sprayed the rest at the audience. Immediately an open water bottle sail through the air from the middle of the crowd and hit her on the head. It exploded in a shower of water, drenching her. She then spat her mouth full of water back at the crowd again. It was water fight! It all happened really fast and we laughed hysterically. As did she. Still singing she then jumped down from the stage and waded through the crowd to get to the bar. Got a drink. And then waded back again to the stage to finish the song. Bonkers.

Below are the track listings of the first two albums to give you a feeling of what else we listened to:

"Love Will Tear Us Apart" (Joy Division)
"Just Can't Get Enough" (Depeche Mode)
"In a Manner of Speaking" (Tuxedomoon)
"Guns of Brixton" (The Clash)
"This Is Not a Love Song" (Public Image Ltd.)
"Too Drunk to Fuck" (Dead Kennedys)
"Marian" (The Sisters of Mercy)
"Making Plans For Nigel" (XTC)
"A Forest" (The Cure)
"I Melt with You" (Modern English)
"Teenage Kicks" (The Undertones)
"Psyche" (Killing Joke)
"Friday Night Saturday Morning" (The Specials)
"Sorry for Laughing" (Josef K)
"Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" (A Flock of Seagulls)
"The Killing Moon" (Echo & the Bunnymen)
"Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" (Buzzcocks)
"Dance with Me" (Lords of the New Church)
"Don't Go" (Yazoo)
"Dancing with Myself" (Generation X)
"Pride (In the Name of Love)" (U2)
"O Pamela" (The Wake)
"Heart of Glass" (Blondie)
"Confusion" (New Order)
"Human Fly" (The Cramps)
"Bela Lugosi's Dead" (Bauhaus)
"Shack Up" (A Certain Ratio)
"Let Me Go" (Heaven 17)
"Fade to Grey" (Visage)
"Moody" (ESG)
"Sweet and Tender Hooligan" (The Smiths)
"Blue Monday" (New Order)
"Escape Myself" (The Sound)
"Waves" (Blancmange)
"Israel" (Siouxsie & the Banshees)
"Eisbär" (Grauzone)

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