In this month’s UNCUT, our writers, friends and favourite musicians reminisce about their favourite gigs.
The October issue, onsale now, features our best 50 – including Jimi, U2, The Band and Oasis – with rare photos from the shows too.
Now here’s some more – we’ll publish one everyday this month – including online exclusives on gigs by Manic Street Preachers,The Stone Roses, Pixies, Beach Boys, and Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones and Babyshambles’ Adam Ficek‘s favourite live memories too.
Old Trout, Windsor
August 27, 1993
ADAM FICEK, BABYSHAMBLES:
It probably would have been a really early Blur show, just as they were introducing the Parklife stuff into their set. I saw them at The Windsor Old Trout, with Elastica supporting. They played a lot from Modern Life Is Rubbish, which I thought was amazing, ‘cause there was so much shoegazing stuff around, so it was great to hark back to good Britishness.
It was clear something really interesting and new was happening. I thought Leisure was alright – I was probably a bit too young to appreciate it – but Modern Life… I thought that was great. As for the gig itself, Graham played a track with Elastica on drums [“Vaseline”], I remember that the most. When they did ‘Bank Holiday’ I remember it kind of blew me away a bit. I must have been about 14 or 15, and it was really good, especially seeing any band in those small venues when they’re on the brink. It was so new, suddenly it’s opened your ears and you think ‘wow’!
I know it’s an impressionable age, but it really surprised me. I saw Blur again around ‘13‘, it was very dark and less glossy. Britpop had died and so it was that post-Britpop fallout. They were great, though, it was more mature and went in a different direction. Every band’s got to move forward. My favourite Blur album’s still Modern Life Is Rubbish, though.
Interview: Tom Pinnock
plus WERE YOU THERE?
Not even UNCUTs war-weary gig-hounds have been to every great show in history – but you lot probably have.
Email Allan_Jones@ipcmedia.com, or share your memories in the comments box below, of the ones we might have missed, and we’ll publish the best in a future issue!