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jim_royle



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First read about them in Select - a feature I still recall quite clearly, on "The New Irish Mafia" including Linehan and Matthews, Ardal O'Hanlon, Sean Hughes and Cathal Coughlin. Must have been around 1994 or so. Didn't really take much notice, to be honest.

First heard "Something..." on Radio 1 in 1996.

First gig was at Bethnal Green York Hall, summer 1996 - I was utterly gobsmacked. Blew my previous high-watermark album, "Dog Man Star", right out of the water.

First (and only, very brief) meeting of the man himself - at the bar at a Gene gig they were supporting. I think it was the Mean Fiddler, again in 1996(?). Said hello, and little more, as I was taken aback by just how tiny he seemed!

As for Father Ted - Neil's name crops up in the Christmas special episode, in a very long list of priests, as Mrs. Doyle tries to guess the name of the stranger who has come to stay with them while Ted collects his Golden Cleric. Not that I'm some kind of Father Ted freak, or anything... Very Happy

And finally...first post to the DC bullettin board - this one!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

helloooooooooo!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greetings Jim, nice post, and if I may say so, lovely hair.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Jim! Welcome A-board! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Edinburgh gig at the Usher Hall will be my first time. I'm a DC Concert Virgin (not through lack of trying). Some of my favourite tracks are the live performances from the Rarities album, especially Commuter Love.

I'm looking forward to the 27th immensely. Loving the new album and looking forward to the live performance.

And Hi Jim Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

we were discussing this recently, cant remember who with. I think he just gets mentioned. Someone is trying to guess the name of a priest and they say "Father Neil Hannon?"
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just realised the first gig I ever went to (Canvey) was the first time they ever tried out the first incarnation of CHBB wasn't it? Followed by 'well, that rocked' from Neil if I remember correctly...
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Famous When Dead



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First time I became aware of them was when 'Something For The Weekend' was released. I remember hearing it on Steve Lamaq and Jo Whiley's evening session on radio 1. Didn't SFA's have a single out at the same time with exactly the same title?
First time I saw them live was 97, I think, at Manchester students uniony placey. Oh, I also recall another time when I saw them in Liverpool. I saw himself and Joby Talbot coming out of a pub about 90 minutes before the gig. So I raced over the road to greet them - only to be nearly run over by a ten ton truck! Actually it wasn't a ten ton truck but it makes the story sound better! Me to them: "What song are you playing first? Bath?" Them: "No, its not on the setlist." Fascinating story, don't you think!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First time heard: Book-lovers theme at portuguese XFM radio, in 1993. I must say, that this theme didn't impress me much!

First saw live: It was January 1999, during the Fin de SiƩcle tour. At the Hard Club, a very nice place in Gaia, a town next to Porto! Check it out: http://www.hard-club.com
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only seen TDC live once, so evidently I am an inadequate excuse for a fan...
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jim_royle



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a lovely warm welcome! Thanks, folks, I'm touched. Very Happy

And yes, my hair is rather spectacular, as it happens. I grew it all by myself, you know...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Famous When Dead wrote:
Didn't SFA's have a single out at the same time with exactly the same title?


Dunno if it was exactly that time, but it was round the same time, yeah.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SFA's song was called Something 4 The Weekend.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

StellarJ wrote:
The Edinburgh gig at the Usher Hall will be my first time.


Same here!

And hello Jim!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolute Power wrote:
SFA's song was called Something 4 The Weekend.


Good point. But it was sufficienlty similar to be a coincidence worth noting.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice and local Mr Nude! Mind you I can't talk I'm going to Liverpool. I first saw them at the Glastonbury Festival in 1998, which I believe is as close as they've been playing live to what where we are. Mind you I was living in Sunderland at the time. Hmmmmmm.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

drykid wrote:
Absolute Power wrote:
SFA's song was called Something 4 The Weekend.


Good point. But it was sufficienlty similar to be a coincidence worth noting.


Well I know I was just being a tosspot. I did buy Something 4 The Weekend, I think it was within a week or two of the DC release. I'm sure I could find out exactly when but I can't be arsed. I seem to remember Super Furry Animals playing on TFI around the same time.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolute Power wrote:
Well I know I was just being a tosspot. I did buy Something 4 The Weekend, I think it was within a week or two of the DC release. I'm sure I could find out exactly when but I can't be arsed. I seem to remember Super Furry Animals playing on TFI around the same time.


You may be right then, I didn't buy either, so it isn't as firmly fixed in my mind. I did buy "If You Don't Want Me To Destroy You" though, which was probably the next single (you're probably going to tell me now it was really called "If U Don't Want Me 2 Destroy U", but I'm past caring to be honest Razz)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super Furry Animals - Something 4 The Weekend - released 13/7/96

The Divine Comedy - Something For The Weekend - released 17/6/96

So there.
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drykid



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So if they were four weeks apart then:

a) my statement that they were "around the same time" rather than "exactly the same time" was pretty reasonable.

b) your statement that they were "within a week or two" was frankly, wrong.

So there, indeed Razz

But since you have excellent taste in music, I'll forgive you.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never doubted you Drykid!

Don't pick a fight with me mate, I'll rip your leg off and hit you with the soggy end.

Wink


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolute Power wrote:
Nice and local Mr Nude!


Indeed. Why he couldn't play the Princess Theatre is beyond me.

And Sunderland? Nice...
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Sunderland is like Paignton only ten times colder and everyone wants to kill you.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly. I went once - haven't rushed back, surprisingly.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jim_royle wrote:
First read about them in Select - a feature I still recall quite clearly, on "The New Irish Mafia" including Linehan and Matthews, Ardal O'Hanlon, Sean Hughes and Cathal Coughlin. Must have been around 1994 or so. Didn't really take much notice, to be honest.


I was talking about this article to someone last night. I'm hoping I'll find it at the weekend when I finally go up my loft and do some sorting
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolute Power wrote:
I never doubted you Drykid!


That's OK, I enjoy a good doubting as much as the next man anyway Smile

Absolute Power wrote:
I'll rip your leg off


left leg or right?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First time I heard DC: a friend saw them supporting Tori Amos in early '95, bought 'Promenade', and played me 'The Booklovers' - it was like nothing else I'd ever heard.

First time live: Empire Music Hall, Belfast, July '96. Still one of the best gigs I've ever been to.
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drykid wrote:
left leg or right?


Middle.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolute Power wrote:
Sunderland is like Paignton only ten times colder and everyone wants to kill you.



Coo. When I was a kid we used to holiday in Paignton and Brixham.
Very Happy
You're right though S********d is a horrible place.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolute Power wrote:

Middle.


Ouch! But then there'll be two soggy ends, and it'll be too confusing Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

April 1994 in Frankfurt's Alte Oper, supporting Tori Amos. afterwards i recognized the helpless young man toddling around the opera house's parking lot as the band's singer and asked the very kind question: "ehh, what's the name of your group?" Embarassed
he gave me a look that could have scared any small child to death and mumbled something which included the words "divine" and "comedy". next day i got "liberation", a few weeks later "promenade", 't was the beginning of a now decade-long love-affair.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2004 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

drykid wrote:
Absolute Power wrote:

Middle.


Ouch! But then there'll be two soggy ends, and it'll be too confusing Razz


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First time I got into DC was the Christmas after National Express was released, as my parents knew I liked that song and bought me A Secret History

National Express is nothing now in comparison to nearly all of Neil's work to me.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First heard 'em when a friend played me Promenade in about 1994 or '95, I think...

First saw them live, playing with Michael Nyman, during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Flux Festival in August 1997. It was in a really small club called the Jaffacake (now called Gaia for you other, more recently resident, Edinburgh people). It was Neil, Nyman, a couple of other electric players and a string quartet. I was three rows back, and suffered some kind of epiphany...

So good, so very, very good...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2004 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firs heard - on a Select magazine tape - 'Cloud 9' I believe it was called. The track was Alfie. Then I saw them on Saturday Night Live with Lee Hurst doing SFTW.

First seen - Birmingham Irish Centre for Regen preview gig (Feb 2001?).
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First heard - on Radio 1 early evenings slot - heard National Express and was hooked! Bought A Secret History first and then within a couple of weeks all the earlier cds, couldn't get enough of them!

First saw live - Southampton University gig, March 2001, just after the release of 'Regeneration'. I was a front row saddo. It was fantastic. Can't wait to see them again sometime, although can't get to the London gig, and nothing else down this way me thinks at the mo.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2004 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Benoit wrote:
Then I saw them on Saturday Night Live with Lee Hurst doing SFTW.


Cool, someone else who first saw them on this programme. I doubt it will go down in history as the TDC equivalent of Bowie doing 'Starman' on TOTP, but at least there's two of us who remember it Smile

BTW is it acceptable to refer to "the TDC"? I guess it's a bit like saying "PIN number", which always annoyes me...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First heard and saw him at the same time supporting Tori Amos in Belfast in 1995, I think. You know what it's like with support bands - you want them on and off as quickly as possible. But with Neil I remember actually enjoying his performance. He was a small, ungainly sort of creature - he still is I suppose! I remember it as being very entertaining and the lyrics struck me as clever and funny, although he was very nervous. I remember him playing 'Your daddy's car'. I also remember Tori taking at least another hour to get on stage. If I could have my time over I'd shout 'bring back Neil'!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

first heard The Booklovers & prob Your Daddys Car on Mark & Lard's evening show (sigh... so many good artists/bands i like came from that... Stina Nordenstam, Jeff Buckley.. The High Llamas).

secondly heard it in HMV in Weston-super-mare which reminded me, and made me buy Promenade - the Summerhouse was on their stereo, and i was the jelly in the middle of the shop that had to drag myself to the counter to buy an album which simply wasn't gonna let me leave the shop...

saw em on tV on TOTP.

saw em live on the third attempt (illness took both previous times - inc the Prom tour) at Anson Rooms in Bristol.. Short Album about Love Tour. the full orch, so really not a bad time to go, and at the pinnacle of my DC fever. And then the single most important band to me at the time covers Mr Blue Sky which was my fav record as a kid & the one song that got me into music. I don't care if it's cheesy.
If only they'd played Johnny Mathis' Feet there too.. If no-one's heard the original, seek it out - It's by American Music Club, and it's a truly wonderful song.

ps.. fecking Chris Evans, look i know he helped a lot of ppl discover Neil, but even so.. did it have to be HIM?

pps when i had promenade first, and wouldnt' shut up about it, i leant it to a mate, declaring to him that this band should be huge.. he still reminds me of that!

ppps i sound like an elitist sonofabitch... soz! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did Neil also write the other Eurosong entry in the lovely horse ep, "The Miracle is Mine". Thought I heard that somewhere way back...
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