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  1. Womack and Womack, Edinburgh Playhouse late 80's? Never let your children come on stage and play the instruments. For half an hour. Spacemen 3, Fury Murrys club, Glasgow It was hilarious at first, watching someone so off their face they couldn't find the plug for their synth, crawling around the floor, pulling out then putting back in again all the wrong ones. Then it became very sad. The Shamen, Furry Murry's club, Glasgow While in their 'men all on black' phase, before E. Appalling. Grace Jones, Brixton Academy. Night of the riots. Very very late on and a big ticket price ( thankfully I was on the Lig). Mmm, that's a small 'band' - two oiled up muscle guys up on a podium wearing nothing but a nappy and a pair of a giant fake cymbals - which they pretended to 'play along', out of time, to a backing tape. Grace would occasionally come out half way through a number, a bit over-enthusiastically, drop down to a mumbling baritone within a minute into 'the song'- until magically 'refreshed' at the side of the stage. Where she would bound back on. Repeat for 40 minutes. The riot outside was altogether more interesting, even from hiding underneath a car between charges.. Gerry Sadowitz, Theatre Royal(?), Glasgow, mid or late 80's (a gig is a gig) Oh boy. It's his 'return' to Glasgow after years in the wilderness and badmouthing the city he's from every London interview. But he blew his telly chances with the swearing. His last chance. 3 jokes into 'his set' and he's being shouted at, people are leaving. That's par for the course when the first hits the Protestants, the second, the Pope, the third the unborn. Waves of hatred and the sound of exit doors being flung open. He frantically back-pedals into some lame cooperesque sketch with eggs. During this, his best 'set piece with a plant in the audience' - a wee girl sitting two seats away from me - goes horribly wrong. He suddenly jumps off the stage all menacing, pulls the 'audience member' out her seat, screaming. He chucks her over his back and and runs towards the stage. The place gasps. As he spin jumps onto the stage with her on his back, THWACK!!! Her head slap smashes off the overhanging PA. The sound is deafening. The whole place gasps, then all fucking hell breaks loose... Afterwards, his backstage sobbing makes for a very awkward chat with the promoter.
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  2. ...you really need to get a record cleaning machine. I bought a box set of Bach sonatas and partitas for solo violin (DG early stereo, Szeryng playing) off ebay for a tenner. This set usually goes for stupid money and the music is a dream so I took a gamble - there was no description of the condition and the seller clearly had no idea what they were selling. When it arrived the box turned out to be in shocking condition - filthy and dusty with a hole in the corner which looked like someone had put a garden fork through it. The inner sleeves inside the box were no better - torn and dusty and straight in the bin but the records themsleves, although very dirty, weren't scratched so I gave them two goes on the RCM and they're perfect - no ticks or noise, an amazing performance and a truly wonderful recording. This whole thing is about music after all and rescuing 55 year old treasures like these feels good.
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  3. No, I genuinely wouldn't pay more than 250.00 for a pair of components when that is the most they are worth. Just because you get dreamers on ebay publishing a listing with an inflated price doesn't mean that is what they're actually worth. I like Sony ES stuff, but if I was paying that sort of money each time, I'd feel guilty. The thing with FM now is, most stations pump out the tunes at a highly compressed DNR or they are compressed digital files anyway, so when I sampled a few of the "sublime" ES tuners, I found them to sound no better realistically than my plastic fronted cheap Sony tuner.
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  4. Was: Now: Both OVOC. It is Father's day so a little additional volume is being applied and no complaints have been delivered (yet) .....
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