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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2005 7:58 pm
by David M
In the Radio 4 series 'For One Night Only' covering legendary concerts, our very own Gerry Lyseight recalls being at Bob Marleys Lyceum concert in 1975(?). Well....I was offered a someones spare ticket & TURNED IT DOWN. Yes I was a bloody fool! Truth was, I had rather taken my eye off the ball as far as Reggae was concerned. Wailers records were never off some folks gramophones & I had certainly listened to them in the appropriate condition but they seemed rather polite & just didn't EXCITE me. I still pretty much feel this & positively dislike some of the albums he was to release later, but I still reckon it would have been a hell of a concert. Funnily enough it was in the same year that the live recording of the concert was released that the record that would rekindle my interest in reggae came out. Burning Spears 'Marcus Garvey' Now that's a record!

PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:10 pm
by Martin_Edney
Not really of the musical stylings of this board, but I dragged half a dozen university friends along to a very early Wedding Present gig in 1988 (not lon after the release of their first single) at a hall of residence of Sheffield City Polytechnic on the outskirts of the city. I loved it although my mates weren't quite sure. Years later I think they got the point!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:26 am
by howard male
Martin wrote -

Not really of the musical stylings of this board, but I dragged half a dozen university friends along to a very early Wedding Present gig in 1988


Not at all Martin - I think mentions of music outside the obvious area focused on by this forum is always interesting. A friend of mine made the not exactly obvious jump taste-wise, from the Wedding Present to Balkan Gypsy music, in the late 90's, and I always find it fascinating to hear where people have come from to arrive at world music.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:19 pm
by Martin_Edney
howard male wrote:A friend of mine made the not exactly obvious jump taste-wise, from the Wedding Present to Balkan Gypsy music


Thanks for the positive comment Howard.

Of coure as a follower of The Wedding Present in the 1980s I was delighted by their John Peel session in 1988 which consisted entirely of Ukrainian folk songs (later released as "Ukrainski Vistupi v Johna Peela" - highly recommended). It's worth remembering that this was done at a time when Ukraine didn't officially exist. This session and subsequent record not only gave me an interest in this music, it also made me aware of the Ukrainian independence aspirations it represented.

So The Wedding Present were a direct connection to broadening my musical tastes in a global direction, and hence to me being part of this community now.

Incidentally another "Were you honestly there" gig I really did go to was in 1989 at the Bristol Bierkeller when The Wedding Present supported themselves. The support act was them as indie guitar band, and the headline act was them playing Ukrainian tunes (joined by Len Liggins and Roman Remeynes). I loved both acts - the sight of David Gedge (Wedding Present main man) taking the back seat during the Ukrainian set (and using a music stand) was certainly a one off!