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a must for any music lover..... so utterly abysmal, they're brilliant. Joanne and Suzanne could teach a thing or two about synchronized dancin'..... maybe to Bananarama or someone.

But the back catalogue - who can complain?

And doesn't the pic with this news story make her look like Jayne/Wayne County?!

russ t, Tuesday, 24 June 2003 08:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

they've been doing that 80s Reunion type tour for ages havent they (along with, amongst others, Kim Wilde, Altered Image and blummin' Marilyn i think)

but if they're not gonna play 'The Black Hit Of Space' or 'Being Boiled' then i'm not sure i'd fancy it

stevem (blueski), Tuesday, 24 June 2003 10:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dammit Phil, you've got all those lovely analogue keyboards. Sod the dated dance-pop of recent albums and let's hear some proper weirdness.

steve w, Tuesday, 24 June 2003 10:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink


Vek (vek), Tuesday, 24 June 2003 15:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Do you know for a fact they won't play Being Boiled? Is it worth a ticket on the off chance??

Zora (Zora), Tuesday, 24 June 2003 16:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

they might do in light of recent bootleg events actually

stevem (blueski), Tuesday, 24 June 2003 17:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
I'm going to see them on Tuesday thanks to my lovely friend who has wangled a couple of guest list tix. Not sure what to expect although i know that Being Boiled, Empire State Human and Marianne are in the current setlist.

leigh (leigh), Thursday, 8 December 2005 13:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I saw their xmas tour last year, it was fun.. though the audience were slightly annoying.

they do play most of the old hits...

jellybean (jellybean), Thursday, 8 December 2005 17:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It would seem i'll be seeing them tonight with my mum, passed the tour bus on the way into work and felt inexplicably star-struck.

leigh (leigh), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 11:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm jealous. while you're looking sombre to the hissing menace of "being boiled", i'll be stuck at work (looking, er, sombre).

to make things worse, my friends' band, hoboken, are supporting. and i'm missing the whole thing. gah.

take some pictures :)

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 12:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've got this camera (which used to belong to my grandpa), not sure what kind of pics i'd get with it as i'm pretty crap at photography.

leigh (leigh), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 13:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

They were great. I think i may have shown myself up by shrieking like a loon everytime they played something by the original line up.

Jotted down the setlist, will post it in a bit.

leigh (leigh), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 09:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the set list:

tell me when
heart like a wheel
the things that dreams are made of
synth city?
the lebanon
all i ever wanted
sound of the crowd
rock and roll is dead?
empire state human
love is all that matters
love action
open your heart
mirror man
(keep feeling) fascination
don't you want me
being boiled
electric dreams

leigh (leigh), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 10:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

coo, thanks leigh! what did you think of hoboken?

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 11:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

They were pretty good, my mother was very impressed, she liked the singing and thought they were very smart.

Btw, how tall is mr oakey? He looked enormous from where we were sitting. I assumed he was about 6'2 but on last night's evidence i'd say he was taller.

leigh (leigh), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 11:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't even think he's as tall as 6'2" - he didn't seem much taller than me when I stood next to him at Kraftwerk.

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 12:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

and thought they were very smart

hahahah! hoo.

i thought phil O's "height" legendarily came from the tallest heels he could find?

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 12:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Synth City? is Sin City from 'Secrets'. Synth City is a great title though!

Dr.C, Wednesday, 14 December 2005 12:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

He's in very good shape for a 50 year old.

I haven't got Secrets so i was just guessing at the titles.

Susan sang lead vocals on 'Love is all that matters', it sounded better than the recorded version as i think Phil sounds rather strained singing it.

leigh (leigh), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 12:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm jealous too! I

alext (alext), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 13:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

During 'being boiled' there was footage of silkworms spliced together with Nazi rallies. Is sericulture used as a metaphor for fascism?

leigh (leigh), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 13:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

heh, only if phil's rewriting history. IIRC his explanation for the lyric was: "i read a book on buddhism and got really confused".

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 14:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The evening news are a bit stingy with their stars

leigh (leigh), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 15:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

**I haven't got Secrets**

Bloody hell, leigh! GO! BUY! NOW! It's colossal!

(I keep saying this on ILM, but there's not much evidence that anyone has actually done so.)

Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 15:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I will. I was explaining their situation to my 58 year old mother (who thinks philip's a bit of a fox'. She reckons that the key to them regaining chart success is to reissue 'electric dreams'. I didn't have the heart to point out that it wasn't a league tune in the first place.

leigh (leigh), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 15:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

x-post oops, please overlook my punctuation failure

leigh (leigh), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 15:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i, er, haven't bought "secrets" either. and you've already shouted at me for this, Dr C. i think leigh and i might have talked about this in the pub on saturday (if not, i meant to).

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 15:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Did I shout? Sorry, but it's such a great record.

Used and new from £4.99 or so on Amazon.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 15:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'll have to wait till next year cos i'm stoney at the moment. I'll have to keep an eye out for Crash in the bargain bins. I wonder if haggling would work, i'd like to pay as little as possible as i'm aware it's a stinker.

leigh (leigh), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 16:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was also going to try and pick up Earcom 1 because it's got another Graph song on it. It's priced around £30 on froogle but the bidding at ebay is only at a fiver just now and the auction closes in 6 hours, pity i don't have a paypal account.

leigh (leigh), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 16:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

What happened to the rest of my post earlier? Maybe I used silly brackets and confused the interweb. Don't think I said anything interesting, mind.

alext (alext), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 16:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

oh, i thought you'd just got over-excited or something and had to go and mop up.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 17:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 17:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've emailed my brother and asked him to bid for it. I'll go to a tenner, there's only one other bid so far.

leigh (leigh), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 17:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Some lucky bugger got Earcom 1 for £6.50.

leigh (leigh), Thursday, 15 December 2005 09:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this is where i'd love to go: "YES IT WAS ME LOL PWND." but it wasn't. honest.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Thursday, 15 December 2005 10:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The wee bruv will be getting an earbashing when i see him!

leigh (leigh), Thursday, 15 December 2005 10:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Earcom 1's come up again, i've put a bid in myself this time.

leigh (leigh), Thursday, 5 January 2006 13:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Pah, i was outbid by £1.50, how annoying.

leigh (leigh), Friday, 6 January 2006 08:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Earcom 1 came up yet again, i won it this time. Including postage from the US it came to about £15. Seems a bit ironic that they'll be posting it back to where it came from originally.

leigh (leigh), Friday, 17 February 2006 10:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

twelve years pass...

in case anyone cares, they do play Being Boiled on the current tour. First song of the encore and a crowd-cleaner for sure leaving only the die hards. Also "they" a bit of a misnomer since all the music is prepared and played by three hired hands (who are pretty good).

akm, Monday, 14 May 2018 12:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

has that not been the case for three decades tho

chilis=lyrics...hypocrits (sic), Monday, 14 May 2018 14:44 (eight months ago) Permalink


akm, Monday, 14 May 2018 18:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

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