Week Commencing: 20/12/04

24 Dec 2004

xmas special: we present to you the week's charts, bid you a farewell 'til the new year, and recount on shows in the past week from steven patrick morrissey, graham leslie coxon and types such as interpol, and many besides. happy holidays / 2004 + 1.

imageYelp,

The holiday break couldn't have arrived at a more opportune instance in rockfeedback's calendar. In a festive gig-report special, let's talk you through our exhausting, exhilarating last few days.

- Beginning with Fri 17th Dec: our Xmas Party - thanks to all those present. A joyous sort of affair with performances we'll long remember; view the report here now.

- Then Sat night - Morrissey slays Earl's Court. It's the sort of strident, glorious and triumphant encounter you'd envisage only in your most illogically idyllic dreams; a man as troubled, openly, as Mozzer, completely and utterly holding over 15,000 depressives in the fervent grip of his hand. He even came onstage dressed as a priest, going on to perform a mammoth three costume-changes.

It started mesmerisingly - 'How Soon Is Now?' stuttering out of the PA - proceeded enchantingly (enlacing both matter from 'You Are The Quarry', such as the gigantic drudgery of 'The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores' and solo classics inclusive of 'The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get'), and ended majestically (the still-blissful 'Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me' made for a haunting close, replete with mammoth mirrorball - those close up swear they saw tears struck in the man's eyes).

Commentary was plentiful and scathing - especially prior to another of The Smiths' tunes aired (for there were three others - 'Bigmouth Strikes Again', 'Shoplifters Of The World Unite', and 'There Is A Light...'), the bequiffed monster proclaiming, 'In my life, I was associated with three incredibly miserable people. Some decent tunes, though.' He also backed the sacking of David Blunkett and suggested that it's just 'Blair next'. And slagged off Christmas. Naughty la'. And with a hasty 'There is goodbye and there is farewell; this is farewell', we all parted ways, enlightened. Token tabloid-scum remark: it's surreal sitting next to Kelly Osbourne at a Morrissey concert.

- And Sunday. A trip up to Nottingham's Rock City to examine Interpol. An ever-worthy shout-out and blessing for John Peel is the only onstage banter, and who needs chit-chat when you've the likes of 'Next Exit', 'Obstacle 1', 'Not Even Jail' and 'Evil' in your suited grasp? Best of all: the all too grand finale of 'Roland', sending us into a daze before we confront the minus-five freeze of Notts at 11pm.

- Of our triathlon of gigging, however, Monday wins it. Graham Coxon, The Pipettes, 10,000 Things, Maximo Park, The Subways, The Rakes and Simon Bookish amassing for an all-nighter in a King's Cross warehouse for the Queens Of Noize 'Gilded Music Hall Of Sin'. Cue musical-themed costumes (our Sam Hall turning up bravely as Serena from 'Fame'), balloons, rockfeedback arriving too late to provide its DJ-set (eek), and a headline-set from Coxon (pictured) so sensational, we're left still in disbelief.

imageHis set-list: a rendition of Sonic Youth's'Eliminator Junior', 'Right to Pop', 'Spectacular', 'Escape Song', 'Ain't No Lie', 'Girl Done Gone', 'All Over Me'

The Libertines' 'Tell The King', 'Feel Right', 'Life It Sucks', 'You're So Great', 'Gimme Some Love', 'Freakin Out', The Who's 'A Quick One', and 'Who The F**k?'.

And, whoa. Appearing as a two-piece with regular drummer, Stephen Gilchrist - and founding-member of Stuffy & The Fuses - our Graham hammered through a showing that we'd probably have to concede was one of our highlights of the year: ramshackle-raw, blisteringly intense, and mildly perverse given that the pair were dressed up as 'Mary Poppins' chimney cleaners. Coupled with a decent dosage of covers (inclusive of a surreally poignant 'Tell The King'), as well as 'Blur' classic 'You're So Great', we were enthralled.

Resultantly, we're shattered. Jealous? We are of ourselves, somehow. But that's the lot 'til '05.

The Xmas UK Charts, this week: Band Aid 20 rob the top spot for a good cause, Morrissey claims the weirdest, most significant 'alternative' entry at ten with 'I Have Forgiven Jesus', Electric Six only just miss out on the top-twenty with their take on 'Radio Ga Ga', GLC and 'You Knows I Love You' are a spot behind, Damien Rice is 27 with 'The Blower's Daughter', The Zutons thirty-seven with 'Confusion', and Gene's swansong - 'Let Me Move On' - enters at a saddening 69.

Happy whatever you want, and let's bring in 2005 with misty eyes and upside-down frowns. It'll be whatever we make it.

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