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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Reasons to be Cheerful

Live at Brentwood Theatre, 17 Sep 2006. Phill Jupitus is on lead vocals. There is a bit of a reprise into another Ian Dury composition, Jack Shit George, which led to me running out of memory about 2 seconds before the end of the song!

If you've never heard them play it's hard to believe that the nutty old bass player, Norman, Watt-Roy is responsible for two of the best basslines ever committed to vinyl - he was one of the session musicians on Relax and Two Tribes by Frankie Goes To Hollywood (as indeed were some of the other Blockheads). He's not only one of the best bass players I've ever seen live, but he seemed to be enjoying it the most too - not to say that no one else did!

The venue was a tiny theatre just down the road to me, in Brentwood, Essex. It held about 200 and was sold out. The Blockheads don't play a lot of gigs anymore. Support came from chidish Essex emo-punks Koopa.

The Blockheads have a tribute act, The Blox, who sound extraordinarily like the real thing - in fact more so, because they have someone singing who doesn't sound much like the Jupitus. The Blox contains such people as Iain't Dury, Chaz Plankel and Norman Watt-Not.

Profile of Norman Watt-Roy
The Blockheads on Myspace
The Blox on Myspace

posted by Paul at 7:27 pm


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