Monday, February 6, 2012

1992 Primal Scream S.F.X. Centre Dublin

Primal Scream SFX 1992
When I entered the venue the atmosphere was good. It seemed like this was a party and we were all invited. People gathered in friendly circles grooving to the onstage DJs and anticipation of the main act dissolved into a celebration of what the DJs were feeding and reflecting from the crowd. Most of the audience were the same age or older than me – early to mid twenties. The hall was full but it was easy to get around and I got close to the stage. It sounded. The Primals strode out and swamped straight into Step inside This House – it was classic first song as instruction/manifesto/dare.  Thrilling. They were so tuned in to where the audience was at that point - how the audience had been led to their entry point - that the song/gig was a seamless continuation of the party - the effect was mesmerizing.
There was a definite feeling of being “in the moment” from all corners of the room and it was no effort to maintain it.
Innes and Young in rock guitars bookended Gillespie in black and red who channeled and transcended the piece – his feet barely touched the ground for the hour or so – exhilarating stuff.
Don’t Fight it feel It. Come Together. Higher than the sun. + more. They encored with No Fun or was it Cold Turkey (or both? And was it Oakenfold on the sounds?)
The atmosphere remained loose and spacious throughout the gig -it was so unusual to not have to push and be shoved and to be able to dance with space around you.
Up to that point I’d spent my money on Come Together and Higher than the Sun but not on the LP. I ensured however, that I had a ticket for this gig – there had been glowing reports of the show- not that it was a “show” as it would be 20 years on - it was just the Scream live in Jan 92 and right then that was the eye of the hurricane.

1962 & 1982 The Beatles

1981 Records of the Year

The Stranglers  La Foile
The Human League  Dare
Siouxsie and the Banshees  JuJu
Soft Cell  Non Stop Erotic Cabaret
U2 October
The B-52’s  Party Mix
The Psychedelic Furs  Talk Talk Talk
Brian Eno David Byrne  My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Elvis Costello and the Attractions  Trust
Grace Jones  Nightclubbing
The Gun Club  Fire of Love

The Undertones  It’s going to happen + Julie Ocean
Madness  Grey Day
The Clash  This is Radio Clash
New Order  Ceremony + Everything’s Gone Green
Tom Tom Club  Genius of Love
The Jam Funeral Pyre + Absolute Beginners
Queen & David Bowie  Under Pressure
Blondie Rapture
The Specials  Ghost Town
Laurie Anderson  O Superman
Depeche Mode  New Life + I just can’t get enough

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

1981 Films of the Year

Christiane F
Cutter’s Way
Escape From New York
The Evil Dead
Fort Apache the Bronx
Halloween II
Mad Max 2
On Golden Pond
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Southern Comfort
Whose Life is it Anyway?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

1991 Films of the Year

Boyz n the Hood
Cape Fear
Close My Eyes
The Company of Strangers
Death in Brunswick
The Doors
The Fisher King
The Hard Way
The Indian Runner
Johnny Suede
Journey To Knock
Let Him Have It
Life is Sweet
The Linguini Incident
Little Man Tate
Meet the Applegates
Rambling Rose
The Silence of the Lambs
Terminator 2: Judgement Day

1981 45 The Jam Absolute Beginners