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Post by sheringham on Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:14 am

As many of you know, I adore the PSB. Always have. I love their music, their lyrics, their ethos, their politics, their shows (the live shows have always been superb). Just....everything about them, really.

This video on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Jni_DO-JY may amuse....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Jni_DO-JY

My favourite album would have to be Behaviour, but I am inordinately fond of all of them, as I said. Favourite tracks would be:

1. Being boring
2. Domino Dancing
3. Before
4. Left to my own devices
5. Tonight
6. Left to my own devices
7. Bet she's not your girlfriend
8. Was it worth it
9. My october symphony
10 It's alright

I even forgive them for their association with the spawn of satan! affraid
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:29 am

Best ever PSB song. And what a totally brilliant live version. Very Happy

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=h7hdS_qaGIQ

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Post by sheringham on Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:35 am

I think the residency at the Savoy theatre in 1997 were the best live concerts I saw them do....although the first time I ever saw them live (at the before the act benefit at the Piccadilly Theatre in, um, 88 ) was amazing just because I never believed they would do a live show. And last year at Eden was special again, because I thought I would never see them live again (my pop concert going days being pretty much over now due to geography, old age, finances, family and can't be arsed-ness)
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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:38 am

I like Please, Actually, Behaviour (their joint best with Very) Very, and a few other tracks.

I enjoy their reserved, deeply frustrated intellectual, neurotic sense of repression married to thumping, glittering pop/dance anthems and ice cool slithers of synth melodrama.

Neil is a very intelligent, verbose and fascinating person. Chris is very smart too but with a very mischevious spirit.

I worked on their Disco album at Abbey Road and recorded the vocals for 'Paninaro'. It was a very funny session. Chris bursting into hysterics whenever he did a take. Happy days!
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:38 am

The Savoy was, indeed, excellent. I actually thought it was longer ago than '97. cyclops

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Post by Frank on Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:07 am

All my favourite people talking about one of my favourite bands!

I saw them first I think on the Performance tour, which was utterly amazing and very inspirational for my then line of work. Then saw them do a benefit gig for the release of Derek Jarman's Edward II at Heaven - not only was it fantastic but I met the wonderful Derek, one of my all time heroes.
Not seen them since - again similarly to Sheringham I'm getting too old and couldn't be arsed.

But love 'em to bits.
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Post by sheringham on Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:11 am

Frank wrote:All my favourite people talking about one of my favourite bands!

I saw them first I think on the Performance tour, which was utterly amazing and very inspirational for my then line of work. Then saw them do a benefit gig for the release of Derek Jarman's Edward II at Heaven - not only was it fantastic but I met the wonderful Derek, one of my all time heroes.
Not seen them since - again similarly to Sheringham I'm getting too old and couldn't be arsed.

But love 'em to bits.

I was at that gig! Very Happy

I once stubbed out my cigarette accidentally on Neil Tennant's back - at a Cicero gig in Clapham (at the now defunct Grand). It was his fault - he stepped backwards into me. He also spilled my diet coke but he bought me another one (the sweetie). And I sat one row behind him at the premiere of The Crying Game (they produced the Boy George theme song).
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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:36 am

Frank wrote:All my favourite people talking about one of my favourite bands!

I saw them first I think on the Performance tour, which was utterly amazing and very inspirational for my then line of work. Then saw them do a benefit gig for the release of Derek Jarman's Edward II at Heaven - not only was it fantastic but I met the wonderful Derek, one of my all time heroes.
Not seen them since - again similarly to Sheringham I'm getting too old and couldn't be arsed.

But love 'em to bits.

I was at the Performance gigs and I too adored Derek. Who also filmed a couple of promos for The Smiths. I went to see him at his cottage in Dungeness a couple of times before he died.
What a magical place that was.
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Post by Graymalkin on Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:54 pm

I've only seen them the once, sadly, (at Glastonbury in 19XX - the year Bowie played) but I do love them.

'Left To My Own Devices', 'It's a Sin' and 'So Hard' my personal fave-raves...
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Dec 14, 2008 3:26 pm

Did anyone hear the PSB's in concert on Radio 2 with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and guests, last night? Brilliant stuff, well worth a listen. It's on iPlayer till next Saturday. Smile

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Post by Frank on Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:15 am

New album, Yes, out on Monday. Full review on the old blog.

In a single word - superb! Very Happy
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:29 am

This is an album I've promised myself that I'm definitely going to buy. On good old CD to boot. Very Happy

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Post by Frank on Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:32 am

Get the 2 disc special edition. There's a duet with Phil Oakey of the Human League on it!
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Post by barnaby morbius on Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:31 am

Frank wrote:Get the 2 disc special edition. There's a duet with Phil Oakey of the Human League on it!

i once saw Phil Oakey of the Human League at a motorway service station- he was buying, viz, the sunday sport and lots of crisps.

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Post by Rich Flair on Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:55 am

I once came across Phil Oakey at a meat festival, where he had a stall selling speciality meat products.
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:38 pm

I hope you enjoyed it Rich.

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Post by Zoltar on Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:28 pm

Frank wrote:New album, Yes, out on Monday. Full review on the old blog.

In a single word - superb! Very Happy
*makes a note to check it out*

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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:19 am

My *pre-order* copy of Yes finally arrived yesterday. It really is a very good album, with some cracking melodies and lots of lovely twists, including Tchaikovsky, The Doctor Who theme and Carphone Warehouse to name but three. Laughing

Personal favourite tracks after 2 listens are (in track order): All Over The World, Beautiful People, Vulnerable and Building A Wall.

IMO well worth the wait. Smile

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Post by barnaby morbius on Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:30 am

Rich Flair wrote:I once came across Phil Oakey...

i stopped reading at that point....
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Post by Graymalkin on Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:55 am

barnaby salton wrote:i stopped reading at that point....

Were you too excited?
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