Sunday, 14 June 2015

Favourite Gig Fridays: V Festival 2004 snapshots ( re-posted... see below )

Pixies: reformed, rejuvenated, "doing it for the money" says Frank but we know differently, classic song after classic song about bones and incest and UFOs, Kim Deal's Cheshire Cat grin, that guitar sound from Joey, swearing in Spanish, ecstatic crowds loving every second. Awesome.
The Strokes: effortlessly cool, even their roadies are cool, Julian so drunk he can barely stand but still singing like a demi-god, every song from the first two albums, serious crush down the front but we don't care, a cover of The Clash's Clampdown for us old gits, extreme volume, did I mention they were cool?
Weston Park, Staffordshire, a lovely country estate setting. A strangely family-friendly, middle-of-the-road vibe. I sit in the sunshine and eat a hotdog while Badly Drawn Boy is on stage, go and check out the skateboarding at the Red Bull Vert Ramp while Jamie Cullen bores the pants off the main stage audience.
And then these guys turn up:
NERD: bringing the noise, Pharrell prowling the stage like a panther, everyone wave their hands in the air, everyone SCREAM, jump up and down, Paaaaarrrtttyyy!!

The Zutons: Scouse nutters, great tunes, Abi on sax, harmonies and melodies, Zuton Fever!
More fun than Snow Patrol.....

*Update 14/06/2015*
Dear Reader, there was previously a lovely photo of Abi from the Zutons here but somebody complained that it was infringing on their copyright so I've removed it. I now seem to be on some copyright infringement list with people who produce posts with titles like "Six porn stars show how to suck some mean dick"  -  obviously my sharing a photo of the comely saxophonist ( on a blog that has no commercial profile and is just here for entertainment ) is in the same league. Here are some words from the Google Overlords on the subject:

We have received a DMCA complaint for your blog, The Glass Walking-Stick. An email with the details of the complaint was sent to you on 13-Jun-2015 and we have reset the post status to "Draft"; you can edit it here. You may republish the post with the offending content and/or link(s) removed. If you believe you have the rights to post this content, you can file a counter-claim with us. For more on our DMCA policy, please click here. Thank you for your prompt attention.

Soundtrack: Surfer Rosa by The Pixies.


Saranga said...

I was at that festival, of the day of the Pixies. I was dissappointed by the Pixies. I'm not sure why, I expected something...more. Maybe it was the atmosphere of V. I find it stale and horrible.
I was shocked by how old the pixies looked but that's me being daft, not a fault of theirs.
I also saw scissor sisters, well I heard them. I was drunk by this point so was sat on the ground singing.
i did like snow patrol.
Can't remember who else I saw.

cerebus660 said...

I saw Snow Patrol, too, didn't really know who they were at the time. Thought they were OK, bog-standard indie really, but I did like "Run".

Kid said...

Now I want to see that photo. You've never published anything that anyone could legitimately take offence over - and surely a photo for the purpose of review would come under the 'fair use' policy. I'd appeal.

cerebus660 said...

Kid, even though I was pretty pissed off about this ( hence the update on the post ) I really haven't got the energy or inclination to contest it. If the copyright holder really wants me to take a photo down, I'll take it down - and I do have a disclaimer on the blog to that effect. I think it's all a bit pathetic really... but a friend of mine had a similar problem over a copyrighted photo on his blog and wound up in court ( which effectively ended his blogging ) - and I don't really want to go down that road. It's just not important enough to worry about.

BTW here's the link to the original photo ( or at least one from the same photo shoot... )


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