Chadbourne, banjo, guitar, vocals ; Roger Turner, percussion ; 2nd set:
joined by Andy Champion on bass ukulele.
Ginsberg, sitting centre stage, pulling a both pleased and sneering
gurning hybrid, as Captain Beefheart is pushed on in a wheelchair by Tom
Waits - easier said than done! Imagine Ben from *zoviet:france* digging
the country feel as Dr Chad picks his banjo with epileptic animation,
occasionally combing its hair line strings to untidy setting - 'Twang!'
- easier said than done. Imagine lurchers stop chasing hares in Mickley,
as Roger Turner scrapes his skins with various hand cymbals and the
internals from the original radar capacitor - easier said than done.
Imagine 8 Chinese gongs balanced on bamboo canes as Eugene and Roger
tirelessly spin our senses out from under our comfort blankets - easier
said than done! Imagine your visiting aunt insists you sing her a song
as you pull that face again, "I fall asleep watching a swan on a
canal..." she sweetly floats away but you slyly prick her perfumed
bubble with, ".... easier said than done!"
We are treated to Dr Chad's esoteric poetry in songs set to this
fantastical accompaniment. Everything he sings appearing like a hologram
above his head as we breath in the newly decorated solvent vapours of
Upstairs at The Bridge. Look, now it's an old piano that nobody knows
how to play, the strings are turning rusty and the keys are turning
grey. He'd rather be a mole in the ground - easier said than done ; the
repetition and the hesitated timing hold us like children in his clown's
spell as we ask ourselves, "Who knows the thoughts of Mary Jane?"
This is unabashed progressive music cabaret ; the banjo that Dr Chad
certainly knows how to play and, as we wait for AC to animate the Uke of
Northumberland, who sits on a stool, we look in wonder at Eugene's
single resonator guitar. This plays us into the 2nd set with added bass
ukulele (thanks to Tom Johnson and Ray Cowell) providing some of Andy's
favourite low notes to the best rendering of The Byrds, So
You wanna be a Rock n Roll Star? I ever did hear - Cream
meets Led Zep in a Berlin bar - FIGHT!
I knew it was my lucky day: Dave Clarke let my great nephew George in
for a fiver as Russell beamed, "You're gonna love this!" and I won a CD
in the raffle - 306 to 310 for number anoraks!