14.2.10

NIGHTINGALES 2, DERBY 0

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Nipped up the road to Derby, for the second time in 6 months, to see Robert Lloyd's marvellous, regrouped Nightingales &, as per their previous visit, it was another slightly frustrating evening. Drinking my way through 3 (3!!!) mismatched support bands (only one of which, the lightheartedly shambolic Hotpants Romance, wasn't bile-inducingly rotten), I was verging on smashed by the time The Nightingales finally clambered on stage &, by the looks of them, so were they (the preceding, nameless punk throwback outfit obviously having taken their toll though, typically, the Friday night audience seemed to prefer them to the headliners). If not quite as tight as last time I saw them (that'd be the grog, Bob), The Nightingales were still spot-on - their records simply do not do 'em justice. Having said that, last year's Insult To Injury is as good as anything they released in their 80s heyday... & it's produced by Faust! By rights they ought to be as half baked & inspiration-free as The Fall are nowadays - instead they've become a rumbling, Krautrock-worshipping pseudo-Glitter Band, boozily mangling Beefy's Trout Mask Replica as they unceremoniously stagger into middle age. I'm generally very suspicious of bands hitching a lift on the comeback trail but, admirably, The Nightingales' sets are made up largely of current phase material, with just a smattering of fogey-appeasing pre-split "oldies" ("How To Age" was a v.pleasant surprise) & a couple of controversial covers (The Troggs & Alvin fucking Stardust, folks!). Fantastic stuff, not that the doleful Derby audience appreciated it one bit. No change there then. Rock'n'roll, eh?

N.B. I'll refrain from posting any Nightingales' recordings as everything's still in print (though the Idiot Strength 7" can be a bugger to find). However, there's a live set (recorded while they were supporting The Fall) from last October here, & you can purchase their latest, Faust-affiliated, magnificent LP here.

2 comments:

  1. Caught the 'gales (as I am sure they were never called)live a few times in the mid-eighties, though at that time I was still being seduced by the siren call of American bands that were visiting blighty often for the first time(Buttholes/Swans/Sonicyouth/Bad Brains/Killdozer et al) and the Nightingales were part of the Three Johns/Membranes/Bogshed/AC Temple/Blast First records UK nexus who were called as support for the visiting yanks. To be honest I never paid that much attention to them at the time (aside from that EP they did with "My Brilliant Career", an utter joyous track) so to hear you now describe them as "a rumbling, Krautrock-worshipping pseudo-Glitter Band" has certainly pricked up my ears, Faust produced their latest album, Faust!?! FAUST!! my gods, this is something I must purchase immediately, thanks for the heads-up...

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  2. Faust's current bass player (Andreas Schmit?) played 'Gales bass at the above show, believe it or not - he's in the middle on the lower photo btw. The current LP is really good, Black Country Beefheart basically & VERY rowdy/bawdy. Deinitely worth a tenner & 10 times better than anything The Fall have released in recent memory IMHO. It's released via Klangbad, which is Faust's label I believe?

    P.S. Faust are touring the UK in May apparently. There's a Brum show confirmed so fingers crossed The Nightingales might support 'em?

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