The Only Ones – Live At The Electric Ballroom (1980)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn 1980, the Only Ones were maybe the most stoned junkie bunch of musicians in activity but on stage they were no less than magical. I can’t imagine a more intemporal music than this one. Listen to this version of “The Beast” before deciding what is genius. Catch this incredible document here. PS to iceman. The Paradiso concert was re-up recently (here) and is totally available on M.

Here we find the band 6 months after the Paradiso concert (here) but it’s a rather different band. Tensions are strong between members (some of them want to “place” their songs and begin to be unease with the position of sole composer of Peter Perrett… they were wrong actually, it was a good thing) and desillusion begins to grow (Baby’s Got A Gun album was badly produced by a producer mandatory sent by the label, it sells rather poorly, Ajouter une imageno single succeeded in the charts and drugs were beginning to eat every bit of motivation). The concert is very different from the one played at the Paradiso. Faster (they sometimes seem to call for a quick end), tighter (Peter Perrett plays much better and the band seems to behave as a whole and unique entity), it’s a dynamic set with some ups (the songs from Baby’s Got A Gun, here in their truly Only Ones versions) and some downs (some older songs, sometimes botched or with bad options, for example what the fuck is this half-reggae version of “Miles From Nowhere”?).

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This concert was captured on 2 nights at the Electric Ballroom of Camden and released in 1989 on Mau Mau label under the name of Live (I did another cover sleeve cos’ I thought the official album one, a close shot ot Peter Perrett’s face, was rather unappropriate). Note that it was wrongly suggested on the back cover sleeve to be captured at the Speakeasy in 1977. Among my interrogations, is this strange (and scandalous) fade at the end of “Why Don’t You Kill Yourself”. If someone could tell me WTF. To conclude, I would say that this concert, in spite of all its low parts, is for me the symbol of what I would have dreamed to do on stage with a band. Yes, nothing can be more close to this dream than this concert. Therefore, you understand the fixation I do about this band. (by dkandroughmix-forgottensongs.blogspot)

Ineresting to hear Mike Kellie (ex-Spooky Tooth) in this famous punk/new wave band.

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Personnel:
Mike Kellie (drums)
Alan Mair (bass)
Peter Perrett (vocals. guitar)
John Perry (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Trouble In The World (Perrett) 2.50
02. Programme (Perrett) 2.12
03. The Beast (Perrett) 5.46
04. The Happy Pilgrim (Perrett) 2.39
05. Lovers Of Today (Perrett) 2.56
06. Strange Mouth (Perrett) 2.18
07. Why Don’t You Kill Yourself (Perrett) 2.47
08. No Peace For The Wicked (Perrett) 2.06
09. As My Wife Says (Perrett) 3.10
10. Miles From Nowhere (Perrett) 3.41
11. The Big Sleep (Perrett) 4.36
12. Another Girl Another Planet (Perrett) 2.56
13. City Of Fun (Perrett) 3.08
14. Me And My Shadow (Perrett) 4.51

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Mike Kellie passed away on 18th January 2017.

…from the iconic introduction of “Waiting For The Wind” by Spooky Tooth to the manic psychedelic rhythm pictures of “Another Girl, Another Planet” by The Only Ones, Mike Kellie’s career has spanned over 3 decades & his picturesque drumming accompanied some of contemporary music’s most successful artists…..

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