various-live-reviews-including-the-orb-vapourspace-autechres-debut-and-megadog-11th-december-1993

By the beard of Zeus! These 2 pages of live reviews are the fucking motherlode of IDM (sorry for terrible genre moniker) it’s seems incredible that all this happened within the same week. Where to fucking start?

Well probably best to hi-light the smallest, most shoddily written review of Autechre’s debut live performance first cause it’s easily missed. I know hindsight is a marvellous thing and all that but given given that Incanubula (A STONE COLD FUCKING CLASSIC – DOWNLOAD!) had already been released they’re not given nearly enough prominence on the page. If you were there please comment!

Reynolds gets the dream ticket of Vapourspace, Aphex Twin, Moby (before he wrote music to sell cars) and Orbital. Reynold’s nails the description of Vapourspace’s Gravitational Arch of 10 (another STONE COLD FUCKING CLASSIC – DOWNLOAD!) as “cyber-Bach variations that make your flesh ripple” and that’s before the E kicks in.

Push takes on The Orb at Brixton Academy and makes me smile with “As The Orb journey further into the fourth dimension, several members of the audience enter the fifth” and continues in the same playful manner at the Megadog, “because the bar shuts fours hours before the close of play – extra curricular activity is ordained. In the name of duty, in the name of investigative journalism; in the name of…oh, sod it, you only live once.” Too right matey!

There’s 3,000 people inside but a thousand have been turned away at the gates by the time Trans Global Underground take to the stage. A thousand! A fucking thousand that didn’t get in! Does any club get even a thousand people inside it these days?

“It’s six am and Megadog comes to a blinding, light-up halt. We smile in unison with the sweaty bodies that surround us, knowing that we’ve just experienced the very best club in the world. Ever”

Those were the days. Those were the fucking days.

Vapourspace – Gravitational Arch of 10 (this is the radio edit – get the long version)

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Chris Roberts reviews Mercury Rev's Yerself Is Steam, 16th February 1991

Truth be told this is a pretty uninspiring issue of Melody Maker but there is this, a review of Mercury Rev’s debut, a record that’s brought me immeasurable pleasure over the years and for which I’m grateful to long time friend and sometime commentator Phil for telling me about. The fact that pointless, one hit wonder, girl duo Soho get the featured review spot seems incomprehensible to me – the only reason HippyChick was a hit was because it used a Smiths sample which seemed quite daring and novel back in 1991.

If you’ve only ever heard latterday Rev then you MUST get hold of a copy of Yerself Is Steam, one of my Top10 records of all time.

Oh and no…I couldn’t fucking dig it and it still amazes me that Vodafone did

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The Cramps, Sheep on Drugs, Jesus Jones, Ned's Atomic Dustbin live, 26th October 1991

Given the death of Lux Interior this week, picking this issue now seems remarkably prescient.

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GWAR live at the Dome, July 1991

Everett True reviews GWAR live at the Dome and Zane reviews Rebel MC at the Town & Country Club. Taken from Melody Maker 20th July, 1991.

This and the next two posts all related to the discussion on the Plan B forum between Jerry (Everett True) and Father Fred.

Before Lordi came GWAR. A pantomine vision of hell with gallons of fake blood. Never saw GWAR but a friend did and it sounds like ET’s review does the show justice.

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