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EXPLOSIVE PERFORMANCE AT CND GIG!
:: Valerie :: Icons Of Poundland :: Flamingo 50 ::
12 November 2004 / Star and Garter / Manchester
By Ged Camera

So another charity event, but be honest, who attended the event to support the cause, just as much as those who turned up to see 3 stalwarts of the north west gig scene ?

First up are Icons, now an all too seldom experience due to minor difficulties such as band members living at opposite ends of the
country. The spiky fretwork of Julian Loafer and Kester overlay the caustic, at times acerbic lyrics in a tuneful, sparkling, performance.

At times aggression pours from the speakers, without the hint of physical violence.Alternating with faux Greek type style of “Billy Slagg”. A constantly revised set list realises an always different performance, so having dispensed with a truncated rendition of traditional set closer “Billy Slagg” mid way through the set, allows “House Doubles” brings down the curtain Quickly following on is the joyous shamble known as Valerie. Strangely enough, the only verse (yes verse, not song) that the triumvirate of Josie (vocal), Vicki (bass) & Elvis (drum) have actually practiced together sounds pretty decent.

Professionalism and Valerie are not two words normally used in the same sentence, but the disparate collection of songs, and importantly visuals, allows for a different kind of entertainment. Their die hard followers look forward to seeing Josie bounce around the stage, knock things over, whilst Elvis first stands there, hitting ONE drum before going walkabout into the audience with same drum. Fun Sheer exuberance and a sense of fun punctuate the “set” if it can be called that. A solo rendition of 30 seconds from “Teenage Kicks” played on the single string of Vicki’s bass turns the crowd silent in attention, before resulting in a rousing round of cheers.

From the end of the M62 are Flamingo 50, blasting like the engines of a 747 plane at takeoff, crushing any embers of wimpishness and sensibility. Most people secretly have a have a Motorhead favourite song (Mine’s the “Ace of Spades”) and Louise rocks with the style of Lemmy, snarling upwards into the microphone, adopting the cock rock, splayed legs guitar pose perfectly.

Explosions, landing aircraft and the crumbling of modern society permitting, what was that cause again ?




pix (c) Ged Camera 2004 - used with kind permission


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