Not For Music Lovers

A couple of live Christine tracks I like from the olden days, Follow Me and a cover of Sister Ray.

Christine – Follow Me & Sister Ray (Live 1986)

Joy Division added an extra chord to their take on Sister Ray and we added yet another so our version was obviously superior to the Velvet Underground original.

This was probably from a charity gig at Collyers College in Horsham at the end of March 1986, at least the year is right. The keyboards are a bit quiet as they were so loud on stage there wasn’t much of them going through the mixing desk from which the recording was largely taken.

The Gits – An Assortment

The Gits (UK) – Assortment (1988 to 1990)

Having transferred some old concert tapes onto the computer and started playing with video editing to prepare background projections for my first gig in fourteen years I knocked out this compilation. It’s had four thousand odd views, largely from people looking for The Gits (USA) and occasionally the Polish ensemble of the same name.

It was this and other uploads which led to a bit of interest around the web and ultimately the Retrospeculative.

Also available in A Bit Better QualityTM

The Gits (UK) – An Assortment (1988-90) [BBQ]

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.