The Arches, Glasgow, Thu 21st May 2009 (25/05/09)

Roger Green:

Right, first of all, let's get the moan out of the way. I can see as well as anybody that there is a need to have security at these things - Health And Safety and all that. But some places go a little over the top. There was this guy in the no-mans-land between band and audience. He kept walking from one side to the other, a la Dixon Of Dock Green. It started off quite funny, became frustrating, and must have been a diversion for everyone positioned near the front. I can imagine the conversation when he raced off to fetch his mates when Joy Division Oven Gloves came on. "I need help! They're all jumping up and down and waving their hands about!" Never seen that happen before, mate? Yeah, it's great when you have a load of security staff blocking your view. Well done, boys. You really earned your money tonight. I just wish the band could have struck up with The King Of Hi Vis when the scowling was at its most intense. Let's just assume these guys were on loan from The Liquid Room.

Not much else to observe. I got talking to a couple of guys from the Warrington/Widnes area who had been to the Aberdeen gig and had spotted a bison on the drive down. Also, I wonder how long it will be before Nigel picks up a hamstring injury. All that stamping on stage is going to take its toll sooner or later. And many thanks to the couple who were standing next to me. I'm afraid my knowledge of the Jesus And Mary Chain back catalogue is not what it could be. They provided me with the title of the final song of the night.

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel
Problem Chimp
Petty Sessions
Fred Titmus
Four Skinny Indie Kids
Dickie Davies Eyes
Restless Legs
Outbreak Of Vitas Gerulaitis
For What Is Chatteris
Shit Arm Bad Tattoo
Bob Wilson Anchor Man
Look Dad No Tunes
Totnes Bickering Fair
Them's The Vagaries
Paintball's Coming Home
National Shite Day
Bad Review
Bad Losers On Yahoo Chess
Twenty-Four Hour Garage People
We Built This Village
Trumpton Riots
Vatican Broadside
Joy Division Oven Gloves

And the encore was

A Country Practice
Time Flies By When You're The Driver Of A Train
A Taste Of Cindy

There was an interesting bonus on the way home. Wandering down St Vincent Street I came across King Tut's Wah Wah Club, as mentioned many times by Peely in days gone by. Another place to tick off my list of places visited. How come it doesn't appear on any of the Glasgow Tourist Maps? So in I went and saw a lively set by a band called Bell XI. The place was rammed full. They are probably in the Top 20 for all I know. It was a lively night there as well. In an idle moment, I noticed the woman next to me was writing down the title of each song in her notebook. Now just imagine someone doing that...