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Sunday, August 24, 2008

2 Drummers Drumming - The Bongo Club, Holyrood Rd, 10 August

The two eponymous drummers were Matthew Priest from Dodgy and Maurice Bacon from The Love Affair, and theor show basically aimed to send the audience away feeling that while they might not wish to become drummers they would be proud to be drummers. A rehabilitation exercise, then, for the butt of musicians' jokes down the ages. (Q: What is the difference between a drummer and a drum machine? A: With a drum machine you only have to punch the infornation in once.)

It sort of worked. They told anecdotes from their careers, played film clips, drummed together, had a "Guess the drum break" quiz (where our audience were especially good). They also had an interminable running gag about their attempts to invite celebrity drummers to join them. The film clip of Matthew Priest, at a Stones appearance, attempting to pass a message to Charley Watts was not a success.

Still, they could certainly play. And I had to acknowledge the primacy of rhythm in music. As Maurice said, at the start of 2001 you see a caveman bashing two bones together. You do not see him wearing a ponytail and playing a fretless bass. I'd give them 4.5 out of 10: the show has promise and could be worked up into something better.

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