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Monday, 15 December 2014

Be What You Wanna Be

Saturday night- A Certain Ratio, live at Academy 2 (I much preferred it when this great gig room was called The Student Union Main Debating Hall. I also preferred it when gigging didn't require a bank loan at the bar. No draught beer in the venue. Four cans of lager, fourteen quid. Fourteen quid! Robbery!). This shot, nabbed from the band's website, is towards the end. Drummer Donald Johnson has switched to bass and is doing backing vox with Denise while guitarist Martin Moscrop is on drums. They swapped back mid-song.

The gig ran roughly in chronological order. Early stuff early on (Do The Du, still as funky as can be, and Flight). A cover of the Brian Eno song that they got their name from. The house sounds of their '89-'91 back catalogue made up the bulk of the set and were top notch- a massive Good Together, the dancepop of Won't Stop Loving You and a crowd pleasing Be What You Wanna Be, and the mainly middle aged audience dancing about at the front, grateful for babysitters on a wet and cold Saturday night. Off briefly and then back on for Shack Up, sung by Denise, who doesn't look a day older than she did when she first sang with the band. ACR's recorded songs are all very of their time- live they all fit together really well and make a coherent sounding set. On the tram home I met and spoke to Simon Wolstencroft (Funky Si), a former drummer of The Fall and a man in early versions of both the Stone Roses and The Smiths.

Be What You Wanna Be


londonlee said...

Been to last few gigs on my own as wife coming too means splashing extra $100 on a babysitter. Not many bands worthy of that.

You know, I don't think I've heard anything ACR did post-Sextet

Swiss Adam said...

The babysitters have got us over a barrel.

Echorich said...

I can't tell you how jealous I am! Living in Tampa, my only chance to ever get to see ACR again will be a trip up home to NYC or over the pond to the UK...neither is beyond the realm of reason for this fan...I have a habit of combining vacations with seeing bands over the past 3 decades.
Seeing ACR as the headline act to New Order at Hurrah's back in September of 1980 is still one of the highlights of my concert going experience. To see them live again would be like coming full circle.

Swiss Adam said...

Come and see them next time they're on in Manchester Echorich- you can stay in our loft.

Unknown said...

Donald and Denise are not related

Swiss Adam said...

Ta Unknown. Corrected.