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avon lady



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:33 pm    Post subject: wired women thing... Reply with quote

did anyone attend this gig? haven't heard a thing about it or seen any photos. most curious as to how that turned out...anyone?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same here!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2005 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw it. Was a beautiful, little short set. Only Alison and Jim were on stage, but was really ok.
They played like 8 songs from the Future Songs and the Particles and Waves albums.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i wasn't there, but i did get the setlist...

1. Vanishing Point
2. K56
3. Don't Wake Me Up
4. Here Comes the Snow
5. Submarine
6. Fragile
7. Light Song
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8. Tangled Up

so for those who were there - how did it sound? was it weird?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:54 am    Post subject: Extensive wired women review!! (you have been warned) Reply with quote

For those of you interested in every single detail of the night seen through my eyes ...enjoy -for those who only want to hear about the Cranes skip to the part that starts "and then came the moment we'd all been waiting for..." Very Happy

It is was the strangest gig I've ever been to (and that really is saying something) Not that it wasn't good - but just odd! And it was really only the events prior to Jim and Ali taking the stage that made it bizarre - However, bearing in mind it was only going to be Jim and Ali appearing it was always going to be a little weird without the whole band but I did see Ben helping with the setup.

Usually I'm always late to gigs but intrigued as to what the evening would have in store for us we arrived early to find 'The Spitz' was a cosy little upstairs venue, the room's low ceiling, scattered candle lit tables and fairy lights hung above the tiny stage that was practically ground level (therefore promisingly intimate) gave the perfect atmosphere.

After consistent technical failures with a dated film called: 'Ladies and Gentleman, the Fabulous Stains' (starring a very young Ray Winston) all hope was abandoned and the film was pulled. To be honest it was a relief -it seemed slightly irrelivent and out of context considering the event itself.
Things perked up when some early Cranes and Cocteau Twins music filled the gap until the apperance of Ninki V - the first act of the evening - a young lass with toy box tricks whose set made me laugh for its tremendous kookiness. Complete with a dancing puppet skeleton and a kazoo, we were treated to christmas carols on a theremin! It was like nothing I've ever seen - comical, clever and definately different. If it had of gone on longer than the twenty minutes allocated it would have been tedious but I personally felt she did not out stay her welcome and certainly made everybody pay attention as she headbanged and waved her feet, legs and elbows infront of this theremin to create creepy noises that would make Portishead feel ashamed.

The following act however did not hold hardly anyones attention. Loud conversations continued throughout and it was hardly surprising - as most people probably thought the band were running a soundcheck as they twiddled with buttons and switches to create an electronic cacophony
which was actually their performance. Personally, I like a few white noise bands and my "other half" specialises in this type of music so we were hoping to find some merit in it but K&A's approach seemed very avante-garde - like freeform jazz but with electonics and maybe if this duo had been given an introduction the audience would have been a little more considerate but for me it just didn't click. I saw someone complain about the band's performance while they were on stage, shortly after one of the organisers took to the stage to have a quiet word with "K" (or was it "A" ?) and pretty soon they packed up - whether or not it was due to the lack of interest or the fact that time was ticking on I don't know but I did feel slightly sorry for them as they left the stage.

And then came the moment we'd all waiting for....The Cranes - well...Jim and Ali. By this stage this little venue had become flooded with eager Cranes fans. Twenty or so seats had been put out at the beginning of the evening a few meters from the stage and this space was now filled with people sitting on the floor like they were at a school assembly. It is now roughly 10.40pm and Alison and Jim are on stage. Ali takes front stage looking as radiant as ever and Jim gets cosy on a stool with his guitar in the back corner of the stage. We are treated to the set list outlined in the last post and because of this intimate venue each song feels like a privileged secret as Ali looks so prominent and alone on stage with the rest of the band missing. The encore of ‘Tangled Up’ from Population 4 was a nice touch and Jim’s comedy performance as he muddles the notes and consequently chops the guitar solo short at the end was amusing – highlighting the fact that this really was an impromptu choice.

As Jim and Ali try to leave the stage they are swamped by people, especially Ali. One particular highlight here was when one eager (drunk) fan slipped over in attempt to squeeze Ali to death as soon as she left the stage platform. Aside from this unknown individuals antics all night, the evening was more than worth the astonishingly cheap tickets (£5) and no doubt left everyone loving the Cranes even more.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 2:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Extensive wired women review!! (you have been warned) Reply with quote

[quote="ktchinagirl"]
One particular highlight here was when one eager (drunk) fan slipped over in attempt to squeeze Ali to death as soon as she left the stage platform.

Indeed, personally, that drunk person who I sat 2 chairs from, was a bit ennoying during the venue as he was constantly talking and being really drunk...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the review! Sounds like fun.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your your reply Quendin - I'm so glad you agree -I was being ever so polite in my review as that annoying "drunk" person and his girlfriend (?) was sitting right next to me!!! Personally they put a dampner on the whole thing - constantly shouting out "Ali I love you" and spoiling the beautiful performance, spilling three pints over the floor and himself, falling off his chair, complaining about the K&A set and upsetting his girlfriend (?) by flirting with another girl!!
WOW! what an entertaining palaver that was - God I really hope he turns up at the next gig!!! (NOT!!!)

Thanks again - hope you still enjoyed the night.
ktchinagirl
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ktchinagirl wrote:
Thanks for your your reply Quendin - I'm so glad you agree -I was being ever so polite in my review as that annoying "drunk" person and his girlfriend (?) was sitting right next to me!!! Personally they put a dampner on the whole thing - constantly shouting out "Ali I love you" and spoiling the beautiful performance, spilling three pints over the floor and himself, falling off his chair, complaining about the K&A set and upsetting his girlfriend (?) by flirting with another girl!!
WOW! what an entertaining palaver that was - God I really hope he turns up at the next gig!!! (NOT!!!)

Thanks again - hope you still enjoyed the night.
ktchinagirl


Well, my boyfriend sat right next to 'the ennoying factor of the evening", and indeed, he was constantly flirting with the girl right in front of me, so, I really hate to say but my attention was really disturbed of the nice gig. That means that I sat like 4 chairs from you. And apart from that, I enjoyed the evening.

BTW, I am the new owner of your F. tape (I bought it from ebay from you). Sad we didn't talk. Maybe next time when we come to england.
I am looking forward cranes playing in Liege, Belgium, where I live.

PS: His girlfriend broke up with him after the gig.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello again Quendin - you are the same person who bought my fuse tape!! That's so weird - we keep linking up through the cranes and don't even know who the other is when they are two seats away!!!
Now I am assured that the tape went to the right person if you travelled all the way to London to see the gig for a 20 minute performance - now that's dedication - I'm so impressed. Would love to put a face to the name if you come to any other UK gigs - that would be really cool Very Happy
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