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The Soft Boys
April 19, 2001
The Fleece & Firkin


You'll have to go sideways
Queen Of Eyes
Old Pervert
My Mind Is Connected To Your Dreams
Kingdom Of Love
Give me a part of r&r
Only The Stones Remain
Sudden Town
Leppo And The Jooves
Insanely Jealous
I Wanna Destroy You
Underwater Moonlight
Sleeping with your devil mask
Bells Of Rhymney
Train Round The Bend
Mr Kennedy
Rock'n'Roll Toilet


From Brian Hoare

The set at the Fleece seems to have been much the same as at Cambridge but with a few changes in order, but Leppo appeared instead of Human Music. The encores came to an early end due to triple string breakages - Robyn lost an E in the intro to Bells so Kim played it alone, Robyn took up a spare black strat for Train, but in Mr Kennedy Kimberly lost a string, they finished with Kim playing Rock and Roll toilet on the black strat, while Robyn unencumberd by a guitar danced in a Jaggeresque manner, breaking a string towards the end - "We've broken all our strings, goodnight".

The original SB material was the better performed. Sideways is an excellent opener. Old Pervert was outstanding, Kim's guitar was intensely sharp and crunchy over a solid rythm section. Insanely Jealous was also excellent. The fish story in UM featured the A38 ( North/South) through Bristol so perhaps A roads will become a theme. For the lyric watchers: QOE had the original "abuse and decay" and an "up/down/push her around" bit I didn't catch the name of the pig; In Only the Stones Remain the girls definately ovulated. As for the meaning of OTSR it is apparantly a celebration of the anhilation of all living matter.

The Egyptians' material was good but not great, Airscape is beautiful on the album but this live version is too boistrous, contrariwise Devil Mask was too light.

The new stuff... Personally I prefer Pulse over Mind over the others. For me the low spot of the first set was Sudden Town and Mr Kennedy should lose the guitar workout at the end, which last night reminded me of when I saw Man. Man _should_ have long twin guitar breaks, the soft boys should be punchy and to the point, that's why they are different bands.

I encountered an old workmate who had come along on the strength of a tape I'd made for him at least eight years ago and who pronounced himself very impressed at the end of it all.

woj <woj@smoe.org>