Last year I read the Graham Greene book Brighton Rock, and very good it was too. Painting a scary and violent picture of the Brighton criminal underworld from the pier to the racecourse. On the weekend I went to Brighton and didn't see any of that, though I did get shouted at by some woman who seemed to be pretty messed up for midday on a sunday (y'know, probably on crack or smack or The Knack or something.)
I had gone down to see my good friends The Retro Spankees (see my 'Friends (part 1)' post) playing on their tour with my arch-enemies Das Wanderlust with Bearsuit headlining. Whilst I was at university I was totally in love with Bearsuit, constantly worrying about wearing out their 7"s (and this was way before they graduated to them shiny discs), but never ever getting the chance to see them live. I knew every note of those early singles and it was always exciting to hear of a new release. However, whenever I do get to see them now I kind of feel a bit sad about it all. It's great to hear the songs and it's lovely to see them playing but it I think maybe it reminds me of how cynical I've become recently. I'd have loved for them to be dead famous right now but I don't think it's ever going to happen, and I think it's almost as if they'll never stop doing what they did 6 years ago, but they'll also never really do much more than that. I think it would also help if the crowd at whatever Bearsuit show I'm at appeared to love them half as much as me, atmosphere can be such a downer. I know it's not really fair to feel nostalgic about something that's still current but that's how it is.
God I'm a miserable bastard. SO to cheer myself up a bit I looked up the video for Steven F***ing Spielberg, which is Bearsuit's most recent single and is also fucking ace, so maybe I should just keep my big mouth shut. They're still better than just about everyone else.
Oh, and I just found this, it's a recording of the Bearsuit track Poor Prince Neal for a John Peel session in July 2001. I think it was their 1st session but I can't be sure. This track was also released on a compilation for the GoJonnyGoGoGoGo label.
Also last friday I played my show with Blood Red Shoes. It was a bit of a disaster. Sometimes I'm really really rubbish. I just can't get over it when people in the audience are obviously not interested. I don't normally go looking for these kind of support slots but I made an exception this time and I kind of regret it. Blood Red Shoes were good though, and I think they're gonna be a big deal this year.
To remind myself that I'm not always rubbish I dug out a couple of my own songs to post on here, neither of which are widely available but can be found if you look hard enough. Firstly we have a song called 'Minxie & The Experiment' which is part of my somewhat half-arsed Songs For Everyone Project. It's one of the newer songs to enter my live set. The other song is 'Untitled Song For Kooky' which was written for my good friends at Kooky Discs for their 10th anniversary compilation. It's a smart little one, name-checking every band they've released up until this point. It was recorded by Mr Phil of Kooky in his study with all his techy stuff that I don't understand.