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Friday, October 05, 2007

Alabama 3 - Glasgow Carling Academy 22 September 2007

The evening got off to a poor beginning when I turned up at the ABC in Sauchiehall Street, as per my ticket and all the publicity, to find the gig had been relocated to the Carling Academy, a couple of miles away across the river (in the Gorbals, in fact). Fortunately I had driven to Glasgow and was parked nearby, so managed to get to the Carling in plenty of time. I even caught the support. They were unexciting if pleasant, but for a band with a lot of rap-type lyrics their singer's poor diction was a drawback. When he first introduced the band I though they were called "Verruca Boots", which would have been cooler than their real name "Republic of Loose". The singer kept moaning at the audience that they weren't dancing or getting excited. That this owed more to him than to their stolidity was shown the instant the Alabama 3 came on and set the place alight.

I was interested to see the Alabama 3, having heard them highly praised by Clare. "Acid house, blues, country and gospel" just about captures their style, while omitting to mention that both their front men (Rob Spragg and Jake Black) look like a pair of Stars In Their Eyes competitors who have decided that tonight, Matthew, they're going to be Duke from the Doonesbury comic strip:

I'd got a couple of their CDs but didn't therefore assume I'd know too much of their live set. In the event, they did a lot of songs from both La Peste and Exile On Coldharbour Lane. We had Too Sick To Pray, U Don't Dance 2 Techno, Woke Up This Morning, The Thrills Have Gone, 2129, Hypo Full Of Love and (to my huge delight) Mao Tse-Tung Said. Hard to say which one fired up the audience the most, though the sight of many hundred Glaswegian hands punching into the air in clenched-fist salutes during Mao Tse-Tung Said ("Mao Tse-Tung said change must come / Change must come through the barrel of a gun / Not through talkin' and not through waitin' / And sittin' around just contemplatin' / The facts, 'cos we know what they are / So let Mao Tse-Tung be your guiding star / Pick up a gun and learn how to fight / All through the day and all through the night / Until the day when the last fight's on / I want you to listen, son / Because Mao Tse-Tung said change must come / Change must come through the barrel of a gun") was the most memorable of a memorable evening. More please.


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