The head of Damo Suzuki is not quite visible in the centre of this photograph of the iconic vocalist & Exit 2012 in action at the No Shoes/Bedroom Eyes venue on Thursday night as part of Sweet Magic London. Hindering a better shot was JBNBlog’s vantage point, right at the back by the door &, as usual, my shake&bake struggles with the BlackBerry. Not the technology’s bad, you understand.
First, a Coronation Street spoiler alert. Of sorts.
Now, let’s set the JNBLog wayback machine for Thursday night.
As perhaps the only person crossing over Thursday from the NT Live broadcast of She Stoops to Conquer (SilverCity, 7 p.m.) to the crowded Damo Suzuki & Exit 2012 gig (No Shoes/Bedroom Eyes for Sweet Magic London, 11 p.m.), JBNBlog is filing a brief, belated report
She Stoops to Conquer was terrific & Katherine Kelly (aka Becky McDonald on Coronation Street) was fantastic as Kate Hardcastle who did indeed play at being a barmaid (!) to conquer her man. Becky is going through hell¬back on Corrie St. (CBC weeknights, in Britain she’s already off the show). She is back to her theatre roots with Conquer & just great, very beautiful & with maybe a touch of Becky’s sharp wit & a spoof moment when she polishes a table just as if it were the Rovers Return counter.
Broadcast emcee Emma Freud couldn’t get director Jamie Lloyd to agree it was “camp” . . . but JBNBlog bets the production’s amusing bouts of pot-banging choreography owe something to Brit cult folk band Bellowhead, who played Sunfest a few years back. Emma did pass along details of next season’s NT Live offerings. The big news is the hilarious One Man, Two Guvnors will be back on the big screen at some point during the summer. Go when it arrives & if you don’t laugh, JBNBlog will refund your money. First, though, we check your pulse etc.
Later, it was off to find that alley off Hewitt St. & the home of Sweet Magic London. The venue was jammed & Damo & Co. were just about to begin . . . good timing & just in time to hear to hear a plaintive question from somebody in Exit: “Does anybody have an extra guitar pick?” Of course, there was a pick or two in the house & somebody could even be heard saying they had a fingernail if needed.
On Tuesday, four-fifths of Exit 2012 had created some sweet magic over a record-length & spell-binding 8:31 Reaney’s Pick. Its sounds extra-terrific because sonic wizard Tim Glasgow provided a remix of the performance for hard-working lfpress.com ally Morris Lamont to use. Thanks Tim & bandmates Cailen Dye, Peter Lebel & Jeremy Hobbs & guest drummer Nate Lamb of Wild Domestic, sitting in for Jeremy Ive, who had a work commitment.
Then Thursday, Jeremy was in the lineup (I’m guessing, I was right at the back by the door to the alley) & driving everything along. I could only see the shadows of Exit 2012 & the top of Damo’s head. Jeff Werkmeister, who was somewhere nearer the front, said Damo was standing to sing & he is quite short. JBNBlog thought he was seated. See?
Damo Suzuki sounded big & the words other than maybe “newborn” & “newnoise” were a mystery . . . Exit 2012 ebbed & churned & madeitup&down to wondrous effect. After about 50 minutes & one or two or three or no songs, it was time to go (the door kept hitting me in the butt as fans went & came in again, no worries) & so off into the alley & the night thinking of Pere Ubu & the undubbed arthousing around us all.