Teenage Fanclub – Leeds, 4 June 2010

June 5, 2010

Teenage Fanclub last played Leeds in November 2002 and it’s been too long an absence. Tonight, at a sold out Cockpit, they’re on fine form, touring in support of their new album Shadows, from which they play 6 of its 12 tracks. What is amazing to me is that none of these songs suffers in comparision to well established favourites. How many bands can say that after 20 years and nine albums?

The rest of the set is selected from across the whole range of their career. Stand outs were Verisimilitude; The Concept, which got a fabulous elongated ending; Ain’t That Enough;  Sparky’s Dream and, of course, Everything Flows.

The band seem to enjoy themselves as much as the crowd so we can hope it won’t be too long before they’re back in Leeds.

Set List

Start Again; Sometimes I Don’t Need To Believe In Anything; The Past; It’s All In My Mind; Don’t Look Back; Baby Lee; Verisimilitude; Shock And Awe; I Don’t Want Control Of You; About You; Sweet Days Waiting; Your Love Is the Place; The Concept; Ain’t That Enough; Sparky’s Dream.


Can’t Feel My Soul; I Need Direction; Today Never Ends; Everything Flows.

The Hot Rats – Leeds, 12th October 2009

October 14, 2009

Hot Rats

Supergrass have always been one of the great underappreciated groups of Britpop. Album after album of finely crafted pop songs. So that’s why I’m heading to The Cockpit on a Monday night to see The Hot Rats – Gaz and Danny’s latest side project.  The premise is simple; they record covers of their favourite songs, with producer Nigel Goodrich, and then go on the road to play them.

Despite there only been the two musicians the sound is full, fast and furious.  Eight songs I’m familiar with and four I don’t know. It’s a good mix and my favourite tonight is a storming version of Damaged Goods, which prompted me to play the original as soon as I got home.

Danny reveals that they were paid £35,000 to record Drive My Car for a Boss Orange  fragrence advert featuring Sienna Miller, that largely paid for the making of the album.

The album, titled Turn Ons, is out in January 2010 but you can get a taste of the sound at their Myspace site.

The set list is at the top of this post and, for your ease and information, the originals are by The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, The Beastie Boys, the Doors, Gang Of Four, Pink Floyd, The Beat, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Elvis Costello, The Beatles, The Cure and the Sex Pistols.