Well, the Nazis got smashed once again, and later (in our own little way) so did we.
Eaglehead went on first and played a blinder. Unfortunately, nobody gave them any idea as to when to stop.
They eventually finished with a ferocious cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walking", while Pig Unit and
Wilson shuffled around nervously, wondering how the hell they were supposed to squeeze their sets into the
sixty minutes that remained before closing time.
Credit to the Pig Unit boys, who showed immense courtesy in cutting short their set, especially in the
light of the fact that several dozen people were going entirely mental apeshit at their every move. It's a
heavy rap-rock sound that they make, but they are probably rather more enticing than that makes them
sound. Just one quibble - couldn't they change their name to Pigs Unite? Or even Pigs United? (Pig City? -
sounds like an Iggy bootleg...) (Pigs Villa - now you're just being silly...)
Wilson made it to the stage at about 10:45pm. A number of the players were quite wound up, something that
was immediately apparent as we kicked off with a newly beefed-up Police Chief
. Possibly because there had
been a drum kit there before, the stage seemed unusually spacious. I remembered all the shite European
rock bands that I had seen on TV shows over there, who always seemed to have a moment when the long-haired
guitar nutter suddenly runs out to the front, stuffs his foot on a monitor and gurns madly as the only
audible bit of guitar on the whole record suddenly blurts out from the whirring of massed eighties
synthesisers. And that's what I did. Later on, for reasons to do with getting over-excited, I did the
James Brown thing and fell down flat on my back mid-solo. Misery and Russ later expressed some concern
about my physical wellbeing. When I revealed that I'd meant to do that, their concern switched to my
mental condition. Stevie G was a rock god (great equal of heaven, why do you not grow sideburns?) and
there was enthusiastic shouting all round.
Unable to do anything about the fact that the bar was on the brink of closing, we ploughed on, and
incredibly the audience stayed with us. Complete strangers were dancing down the front. Somebody called us
"Mental Mondays" and bought some records. Things were looking up.
Altogether, we had gone into this night quite confident. Then we ran into all kinds of unexpected
technical difficulties at soundcheck and found ourselves pushed back into some desperate post-drinking
graveyard shift, to the point where that confidence was almost entirely dissipated, but STILL we managed
to come up smelling of the finest Morroccan. Mental
middle-aged sociopath crew makes desperate last stand, achieves last minute home win. The crowd goes mad.
Well, Lindsey does anyway.
We bludgeon the Buffalo Sniper
to death, and as the last howls of feedback fade away a piano rings out
through the P.A.
It's Mister Noel Coward, and he's singing: "Don't let's be beastly to the Germans..."