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irelandsdiva



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 10:55 pm    Post subject: Who's Been To Barfly? Reply with quote

DYIN to hear all - Pray, do tell!!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 11:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Who's Been To Barfly? Reply with quote

irelandsdiva wrote:
DYIN to hear all - Pray, do tell!!


Ditto!

I need all the details Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

give em a chamce! theyll still be out on the piss!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we should all just ignore them talking about it, shrug and carry on reading the newspaper as if they weren't there.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with you on that one AP
I might just avoid the board for the rest of tonight/tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

luvly horse wrote:
give em a chamce! theyll still be out on the piss!


Oh raise your glasses high
And drink the town dry
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oi you two - no miserable buggers on this thread!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

*moves to another thread*
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I'm feeling a little bit moody.

Listening to Little Britain to cheer myself up.

And maybe later I'll say hi to my monster.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

apologies for the following jumbled post...

hot of the coups press... (paraphrased coz she was so excited she was screaming most of the time...)

no exaggeration when i say definately THE BEST gig ive ever seen! hannoncom (veteran of at least 200 gigs) agreed whole heartedly putting it in her top 5 if not 3 ever.

was neil plus cello and piano

old stuff - neil and piano (including Jackie and a Randy Newman song)
new stuf - faaaaaantastic

neil wore brown cord suit and browny orange flowery shirt and brown boots complete with chewing gum stuck on the bottom and was on top chatty form

he played xylophone on SFTW

naughty rowan sat on the stage


i think thats about everything - oh apart fro the bit about neil almost turning her hetero Shocked

i could hear the grin all over her face as she set off to find witchy in bamboo

a few people on the way home already so expect proper reports back soon...





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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

she said something about slow version of Becoming More Like Alfie.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luvly horse wrote:
and a Randy Newman song


Oooh! What one?! Probe her before they all get sozzled and can't remember!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

coups didnt know - could hear hannoncom trying to tell her but then she had to leave...

sorry Sad
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SFTW!!! YEY!! And a suit!! Double YEY!!!
Come on people I need more info!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A cello and piano and Neil in top chatty form - it sounds like it was one electric night...I can't wait to hear more about it.

I wonder if anyone grabbed a setlist? It'd be great to see exactly what was played.

Ah well it's off to bed now...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luvly horse wrote:
coups didnt know - could hear hannoncom trying to tell her but then she had to leave...

sorry Sad


I have managed to find out that it was 'Lonely At The Top' and that he did a Tom Lehrer cover. Newman + Lehrer + Brel!

Really looking forward to the gig reports!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

coo - nice one the podule! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having been at the gig, I must admit it was great!

Okay, Mr Hannon will never be the live performer that Ben Folds is (and damn those who booed Mr Folds' name during the performance!), but that would be asking too much!

I will try to remember what was played by Mr Hannon and an occasional one/two man backing in no particular order (i.e. as they enter my aching brain):

Charmed Life
Come Home Billy Bird
Absent Friends
Happy Goth
Becoming More Like Alfie
Summerhouse
Something for the Weekend
Tonight We Fly
Generation Sex
National Express
My Imaginary Friend
Freedom Road
Songs of Love

Then there were three covers: one by Randy Newman, an amsuing sojourn by some guy who was been mentioned in this thread, and the piece de resistance: Jackie!

Well, how often can you hear a Jaques Brel song live! A true legend!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ooooooooooooh! summerhouse!!!!!!! *swoon*
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was most aces! Covers of "Lonely At The Top" by Randy Newman, Tom Lehrer's "When I hold your Hand" (or something) and "Jackie" with outragious piano from top new pianist. Most of it was kinda a Neil Does Cabaret kinda thing. Unbelievably different and great.

Just walked back home (a good five miles) and am mightily exhausted. Will post in full tomorrow. Oh, and Flip showed up and bought us shots.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

soooooo glad pipdick made it! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my, been a while since I posted here.

Yes, I went, it was fantastic! The Tom Lehrer song was "I Hold Your Hand In Mine". I'll let someone else review the performance as a whole, I'm no good at that sort of thing. Although I will say that the between-song-banter was especially good this evening. Very Happy

Although, things I did come away with. I learned that the release of the album in the UK won't have annoying copy protection although Europe and US releases will (not sure if you guys know about that or not, I haven't been a regular here for a looooooong time) and I have Neil Hannon's tea. Oh, and a bootleg, but the quality isn't great.

I missed the setlists though. :/
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hurrah!

Sounds magnificent, congratulations chaps!

Very Happy
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Paul



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got home (having slept for a few hours in the back of my car in some Scottish services, and so I guess I'd better write something!

The idea of the Barfly gigs was to be something different - big names playing in venues so small they'd normally only get young indie bands. But there was no hint of "indie rock" type music from The Divine Comedy last night, simply a version of "Neil Hannon unplugged."

The arrangement was simple - three men (including Mr Hannon), and five instruments - a piano, a cello, a guitar, an accordion (might have had some other proper name, it had bellows, I've not got the world's best knowledge of musical instruments!) and a xylophone.

Several classic tracks got an accoustic re-vamp, including Becoming More Like Alfie (which followed the Randy Newman cover at the start), Something For The Weekend (which was the only song for which the xylophone came out, with Neil doing the honours), and Generation Sex, which was much less of the danceable song it normally is.

The gig was Neil's first proper show since (correct me if I'm wrong) the Ben Folds tour in 2002, and it showed. At times Neil may have appeared slightly rusty, (forgetting the lyrics to Lost Property but, rather amazingly, NONE OF THE AUDIENCE knew what they were either!) but, with time away from touring his voice sounded well rested, and was fantastic throughout, especially in a ridiculously fantastic long note at the end of "The Summerhouse".

Neil was not seen to smoke a single cigarette throughout the gig, but he have the alternative reassurance, in a nice cup of tea brought to him half way through. His excuse for having tea and not beer was "I'm 33!" and that he's a Radio 2 guy now.

Credit had to go to the sound quality which was, as ever, superb, the only flaw being that Neil was often drowned out by an extremely enthusiatic crowd! Audience participation was seen for all but the brand new songs (and Jen & I sang the chorus to Happy Goth. Neil said he wouldn't ask how we knew the words - we've known them since Edinburgh '02, Neil!)

Like the Regeneration tour, all the old songs appeared to have been given slight alterations to fit in with an "Absent Friends" theme, and the new tracks went down a treat. It will be fascinating to see the contrast between the 16-piece orchestral performances in April, and this small, "Neil Hannon & Friends" gig.

Thanks to everyone for being happy, friendly, it was nice to meet you all/see you all again. Thanks to Barfly for being a really great venue, and thanks of course to the band, who were all fantastic.
I can't wait until April.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



Hello Peeps,

Like the others have said woooo!!! Brilliant meet all the lovely BBers (hello there glad you go back safely Paul)



New lads Danny on piano and Rory on cello.

Setlist as aquired from the piano

Lonley at the Top (the Randy Newman cover)
Alfie
Abscent Friends
Billy Bird
Leaving Today
Generation Sex (the first two were just Neil and Danny then Rory joined after that)
Imaginary Friend
Lost Property (Another classic what are the words moment from Neil the song ended with him saying "basically I lose s**t")
Happy Goth
Your Daddy's Car (this was on the setlist as being Through a Long and Sleepless Night but was maybe dropped as Neil has a poorly throat)
these three Neil done himself on the guitar
I Hold Your Hand in Mine (the Tom Lehrner cover - Neil's new favourite man so he said)
Something For the Weekend (which Neil accompanied himself on with a little xylophone)
National Express
Freedom Road
Mutual Friend
Charmed Life (where Coupes told Neil off for making a mistake as it was the best bit - Neil replied "I know its the best bit")
Summerhouse (the last Summerhouse Neil held the note forever beautiful)
Tonight we Fly (Fab as always)
encore
Jackie (which Neil seemed to really enjoy. He said it was great that he could start and stop whenever as Danny was so good, In reply Danny started doing lots of fancy stuff which made Neil laugh)
Songs of Love (Neil requested we all do the round bits which we did)

a fantastic night was had by all

More info and photo's (I'll try and sort out the size on those ones. sorry if folk get scrollies Embarassed ) to come, I'd better go to work now
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

veh happy looking neil! ace

(and some groovy flyaway hair going on from the front row in the last pic there)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Top xylophone pic, Jen. Smile

My highlight - the "whoops, vicar-me-trousers" Ealing farce version of Something for the Weekend, and the fact that Neil was obviously spending the entire time imagining himself singing in some underground club in 1920s Berlin while wearing a trilby.

We also spotted Babs Magoo in the audience, and shouted at her sustainedly (piccy of airboy pointing at said Magoo to follow when the film is finished).

It were also top to meet Lord Smug at long last, but he made us sign the Official Secrets Act before and after he joined us, so if we said anything, we'd be sent down for 15 years. Yes Yes




"** RADIO ONE!!"
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:26 am    Post subject: Lost Property Lyrics Reply with quote

Was I the only one who was, quite frankly, amazed, that no-one seemed to know what the lyrics were to Lost Property last night? The bit that confused us all was the bit where, in the background it's going "Lost... blown like seeds on the wind... everything lost... tossed like ships on the ocean..." but what are the main bits? On the drive home this morning I was listening to Regeneration, and realised that I ALWAYS sing the backing bit to that song, never the main bit!

If you want to see what I mean, play Lost Property until it's 1:50 in, then see whether you can remember the next bit.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It amazed me, Paulmeister. And it still baffles me (when singing along to Neil's stuff, I usually sing the backing parts anyway).

*asks Witchy to consult the lyrics in the Regen sleeve...*

Ahaaaa!!

GYM KITS AND TRAINERS!!




"D'oooohh!!"
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey everybody!



Top gig, even if I do say so myself. A wonderful performance from Neil, the greatest pixie in pop. A proper review will follow later (my head's a bit woolly from lack of sleep right now) but the Usher Hall gig definitely promises to be a classic!

It was also very lovely to meet all the wonderful peeps from the BB. Hurrah!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

luvly horse wrote:
veh happy looking neil! ace

(and some groovy flyaway hair going on from the front row in the last pic there)


That'll be a Coupe Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting up those great pics Jennifer - Don't worry about the size, it's nice to see big clear prints Very Happy

And thanks for the gig report Paul.

God I wish I could've been there, but I wouldn't have been able to go **even** if I had a ticket Sad

I've always wanted to see Neil in Lounge Lizard mode, especially after hearing his stuff on 'Live At The Stables'.

Aw...I want to hear the gig soooo badly now....

Still I'll console myself by playing Promenade **very** loudly later!


And..

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Neil was not seen to smoke a single cigarette throughout the gig, but he have the alternative reassurance, in a nice cup of tea brought to him half way through. His excuse for having tea and not beer was "I'm 33!" and that he's a Radio 2 guy now.


Is a classic! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote




cuppa tea!!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jennifer wrote:
cuppa tea!!




These pics are fantastic Very Happy

So is the 'Absent Friends' tour going to be sponsored by PG Tips? Wink

If it's a choice between the Pyramid Stage or a Pyramid Tea Bag tour I'll have the latter please Mr H Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that the official Absent Friends suit/shirt combo then? Looks v much like the cover.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

random

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's not very nice. all because someone didn't reply to your text?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mister hannon used that word too.
'generation sex
elects
the type
of cunts'
naughty chappy Very Happy

something for the weekend was totally amazing, a highlight for me.
and absent friends and leaving today impressed me much too.

oooh lilypod, neil seemed rather impressed with randy newman especially as he must be '100 or so' Very Happy and he said he saw him at the dublin gig too.

oooh, and i figured out that the other phone call i had today wasn't checking whether i was going, but saying that i had won again. so i won with two out of my three texts, oooh! my name was on the list twice, was great Very Happy

was a really cool gig, my favourite dc one anyhow.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

airboy paul wrote:
was a really cool gig, my favourite dc one anyhow.


Mine too - until the Usher Hall, anyway. But then, I won't get the chance to laugh like a musketeer at airboy's crazy passport picture at the Usher Hall.

And the ultra-abortive Mexican wave, too
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