Band Review - Badness and All Mod Cons at the Piper Club - 29th Dec 03 By Jane Foster
I went to see Hull's favourite Madness cover band - Badness- at the Piper club on Newland Ave.
They were supported by All Mod Cons, who are a tribute to The Jam.
It was a fantastic night..
I'm old enough to remember Madness quite well, I confess..although at the time I wasn't particularly into them, they were definitely a band for the lads.
I don't know why this 'lad band' thing came about, but I have vague memories of groups of lads doing the 'Madness walk' in the school playground - that is, shuffling along behind each other whilst making strange jerking arm movements..weird
Punk and ska music brings out that strange and predominantly male phenomenon known as pogoing .
I saw plenty of this at the gig - mainly blokes in the thirtysomething age bracket who probably sang along to 'Baggy Trousers' in the school playground too.
This song I remember well, along with Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick in the Wall' as an anti-school anthem... you didn't get many of those in the charts so they stuck in the mind.
Badness formed in 1994 and were selling out venues within six months, in the UK and Eire. They claim to have played just about every town and city in the UK, and have toured Israel, Germany and Spain.
Doing the pogo.
I have to say they played all the songs really well, they are a tight band and great showmen too, they know how to please the audience.
As well as covering all the best Madness songs they also did a great version of Gangsters by The Specials.
I'd like to have heard a few more covers of other ska bands.
Over the years I've come to be quite a big fan of ska music.
It seemed to flourish briefly and then disappear too quickly - so it's good to see a band bringing it back.
Badness were joined later on in the set by 'Buster Beefburger' an almost identical version of the ex Bad Manners frontman. Launching into 'Lip up Fatty' and ending with the Can Can, he was brilliant too, with a very fetching pair of braces (!)
Band Review - Badness and All Mod Cons at the Piper Club - 29th Dec 03 continued By Jane Foster
Badness are always busy touring and obviously have a great local following - the Piper was packed out, and it was a Monday night.
It was a great atmosphere, and despite the dancefloor being full of bouncing blokes, I managed to get some quite good pictures!!
It was good to see an old friend of mine Mike Rye, from way back on Orchard Park.
He was doing the lighting for this band but plays in another tribute band - Showmaddymaddy -with other members of Badness .
I'll be checking them out too, when they do a local gig..
All Mod Cons are a great tribute to The Jam, and come from Boston , USA.
They formed in 1989 and starting touring in 1992.
They pride themselves in being one of the first tribute bands, along with Bjorn Again and the Australian Doors.
They are the original and longest running Jam tribute band, and have close links with members of the Jam themselves.
I have seen this band before, when they were supporting Heart of Glass, a Blondie tribute, at the Adelphi. However, with the PA system at the Piper sounding clearer and the venue much bigger, they sounded ten times better.
Also a really tight band and good performers, they went through all the hits as well as some lesser known tracks and were called back for an encore.
I didn't manage to get any pics of them so I've put some on from their website..
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable night and I'd go to see them both again.
Music Reviews - Drypool Hulls Best Band By Rob Dolman
In my opinion, the best band in Hull at the minute is Drypool.
I have seen all the rest -Diablo, Turismo, The Raywells, The favours etc. etc. Yawn, Yawn.
I mean these bands tout themselves as original.
C'mon, some cover bands are more original than this lot.
Drypool are tight, musically creative and no two songs sound alike.
I really recommend them..
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Adelphi 23rd December By Marcus Lewis
I, like many others, began the night with disappointment at the news that The Freaks Union were unavailable to play, after being on the bill.
However, it was two days before Christmas and I was determined to have my drinks and enjoy some live talent.
I understood the bulk of the bands were ..
Music Reviews - Miss Black America at the Adelphi Wednesday 10th December
I was as always, in a blind panic - half an hour to get ready (unheard of - and a girl my age needs time to apply the slap!) - late news that Miss Black America were playing at the Adelphi - tonight - the band that apparently John Peel (my hero) had heralded as 'the next big thing' ... and the batteries for the camera still hadn't recharged from the its last outing ....
Late again, but the Adelphi was really heaving - obviously more people read the Daily Mail..
Music Reviews - DJ DEFUNKT AND BEATMASTER WRIGHT at the Adelphi by Carolyn
Now then all! As usual a review or two from me - better late than never!! I hope that you are all well and have been partying hard to get into the Christmas Spirit this year.
It's been a busy year, especially for all those involved in thisisull.com. It has literally gone from huge to massive for this website and there have been some fantastic events covered by all the reviewers.
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by Eammon Chirdlich - Sunday 30th Nov.
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Music Reviews - Silhouette Club - Friday 14th November 12 Inch Thumpers Tour - Headlining: Jason Nawty
I've decided that I want to write this review anonymously. The reasons for this I'll try to make clear:
I'm sorry, Silhouette, but your staff are the worst 'team' my friends and I have come across in Hull. Your doorstaff act like untrained monkeys, your bar staff walk around like they work in a funeral parlour and the only member of staff who was very pleasant and witty was the cloakroom attendant.