Voice Of The Rain – Bridge Of Sighs

From the only Voice Of The Rain live gig in November 1992. I was actually there to operate the PA for my brother’s band so thought we could do a few tunes as the audience came in. But the support band pulled out and we ended up doing about an hour and a half.

Voice Of The Rain – Bridge Of Sighs (1992)

The few songs that were videoed and can be found here.

A Brace of Hollands

In which we support a brace of Hollands, Christopher & Richard, at Champagnes nightclub in Horsham on 9th August.

The Squeeze sound crept into some of their songs but there was very little overlap with big brother’s music. It took a few songs to gain the approval of the Champagnes crowd who were reluctant to boogie at first.

And us,

Looking good on stage these days seems to mean outrageous clothes, hardly any clothes or sexually derived dancing, but The Gits took their inspiration from the classic black and white romance movies of the Forties when smoking was fashionable.

Black and white photo of The Gits in Concert at Champagnes Horsham showing Jason holding a lighter up to a cigarette in Jim's mouth

The following is a live recording of The Greatest Gift and Naff Song with Jason and Matt from that period, possibly even this gig. There is a certain amount of deviation from the author’s preferred text and I appear to have cut my solo out of the second number so I assume it was awful. It would have been captured on Chris’ Sony Professional Walkman portable cassette recorder.

I couldn’t find any of Twinset’s tunes but here’s most of the line up in a previous incarnation performing as B Sharp on early 80s kids TV. (With the all time great Whites Lemonade advert at 4.02).

Or at least until the video went missing off YouTube.

Orange

Supporting Orange at Champagnes in Horsham on Tuesday 5th April 1988.

ORANGE – ICE CREAM I SCREAM

From a preview in the previous week’s County Times Soundwave column.

Formerly called The Underpants, Orange are Malcolm Docherty (one time Purple Person) and Nick Odle (ex-All The Daughters)…Certainly Orange are one of the best Crawley groups around at the moment, their warm melodies, strong tunes and glittering guitars making them the ideal dance band. Polished and slick, it’s music without fuss. Go along.

[The Gits] motto is “Pure pop for pop people” and by and large they lived up to this when they made their début at the venue in February. Then they played a fistful of cracking songs, full of pace and character, the only detraction from an otherwise good performance being a lack of rehearsal. This has no doubt been rectified and audiences can now look forward to a sparkling show

In Local News…

The top selling singles in Horsham that week:

The Fatback Band – I Found Lovin’
Mel & Kim – Showing Out
Bros – Drop The Boy

Malcolm and I had previously had a brief musical flirtation in Fixed Vision and after The Gits finished, Nick Odle and Jim joined forces to form Kvetch.

Malcolm has kept up the good fight until this very day with such vehicle themed bands as Hillman Minx and La Honda.

Caught between pop and a hard place.

Hillman Minx – Heavens Above (1997)

I want to get right back to nature and relax

A rum do

I See Stars – la Honda ft RUMER

In latter years he has seen the light.

Church of Malcolm at Communion Bar

In a remarkably tenuous link Malcolm played Oberon in a Collyer’s College production of A Midsummers Night Dream that was performed on a Horsham Town Twinning trip to Lage in Germany where me & Ben of the Gits first got to know each other and why the band are listed as characters from that play on the Retrospeculative.

As per Saxelby’s Parched Derivative addendum to the revised 7th Edition of the Rules any correctly identified Noel Coward reference will count double except during the July of a Leap Year.