Tuesday, September 30, 2008
OK, SO I STOLE THIS THEME (Part 1991)
Those lucky enough to have got to the above gig, or the one held the previous night at the same venue were awfully lucky.
REM had, just the previous Monday, released their new LP Out Of Time. Having exhausted themselves touring previous LP Green, the band decided the promotional work this time round would be entirely different. The only two UK gigs were at the Borderline in London, where they were billed as Bingo Hand Job, which was basically acoustic REM assisted by, at various times. Peter Holsapple, Billy Bragg and Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians. Sadly, I have to make do with a vinyl bootleg from the night, from which I've taken one of the four songs to commemorate 1991:-
mp3 : Bingo Hand Job - Radio Song
mp3 : Teenage Fanclub - Like A Virgin
mp3 : Electronic - Get The Message
mp3 : Carter USM - Shoppers' Paradise
The other songs are:-
- a cover version of the Madonna classic as the Fannies show that pure pop is timeless and that anything really can be turned into one of your own if you want it to.
- a top notch single that almost made you forget about New Order or The Smiths.
- the best song ever to feature a sample by The Clash.