Tuesday, 9 November 2010

278 THE JULIE DOLPHIN, Headless Chickens, London Islington Powerhaus, Saturday 22 October 1994

The Julie Dolphin? Hang about, wasn't tonight supposed to be Green Day at the Astoria? Clive and I certainly set off with Green Day tix in our possession, but chatted about the possibility of selling them and going for our current "live" faves, the clashing Julie Dolphin, on the way up. When we arrived at the Astoria, we sussed out the crowd (heaving, overly-expectant, a little hostile) for the sell-out Green Day show, got an over-the-odds offer for our tix, and duly cashed in, deciding profitability was the better option and heading gleefully over to the Powerhaus!

Met up with TJD and had a chat with Geoff and Brett, dodging accusations of utter madness from all and sundry for blowing off Green Day in favour of them! We then were entertained by support band Headless Chickens, who came on at 9.30 to a surprisingly rapturous welcome, and laid on a set of taut, tense and in your face funky dance stuff, not unlike a more aggressive New FADS, or Basti (remember them?). Either way, a jolly enjoyable start!

The Julie Dolphin came on at 10.45, and set the place totally on fire with another tremendous performance. Another enthusiastic crowd, and TJD did them full justice with their superb, jagged and well-rocking "punk with attitude" pop style. Following a clutch of newies, the more familiar "Kill Me" and the frantic closing "Head", both highlights from "Lit", easily the Number One Album of 1994, were also set highlights tonight as, shirtless, I slam-danced in the moshpit with an increasing number of enthusiastic bodies.

Said our farewells to the band after a brilliant set, then we had a total tube-mare due to the lateness of the hour (past midnight now), waiting 25 minutes at Kings Cross and missing our connection at Shepherd's Bush, thereby needing to catch a taxi to Ealing Common, where we'd parked, and in the process wiping out much of our Green Day ticket profit! As a consequence, we didn't get back into Swindon until 2.30. D'oh! Good thing the clocks went back tonight!

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