Saturday, December 29, 2012

The return of the capital models...

Playlist
Various – Albums of 2012
Capital Models – Covers Sets
It Bites – Map of the Past
Emmanuel Pahud – The Flute King
Troyka – Moxxy
Gorecki – The String Quartets
Adam Linson Systems Quartet – Figures and Grounds

First thing, creating the covers sets for tonight in the correct order from rehearsal recordings made previously via the desk...

Off into town to meet up with Dr Prog at the Music Library...


Found a couple of Matthew Bourne DVDs which I borrowed for Anne – along with Twyla Tharp’s “The Catherine Wheel”, in light of the Xmas Day acquired “How Music Works” by David Byrne...

On the CD front, the recently eulogised over by pundit Bob Lefsetz Stephen Stills debut from 1970 along with a four disc set of Shelly Man and his Men live at the Black Hawk in San Francisco in September 1959...

Also taken were the sophomore effort from new to me jazz trio, Troyka, a two disc set of Gorecki’s three string quartets (I already have one and two by the Kronos) – some weird electronic jazz improve by Adam Linson and chums and, finally, a two disc set of lovely flute concerti from the court of Frederick the Great at Sansoucci – which we visited just outside Berlin back in May...

A good haul...

We walked to Lovecrumbs on the West Port for coffee, cake and blether...





Phil showed me the excellent guide to classical music his brother gifted him at Xmas...


Nice...

With the Doc off for a swim, I made my way home to find the new It Bites album had been delivered, along with a recently purchased present for Anne’s upcoming birthday...

The afternoon was spent listening to It Bites and the borrowed discs before having one last quick rehearsal of some of the songs for tonight’s gig, the return of Capital Models our first performance under the old name since August 1980...

1980...


2012...


Ready to play three sets of covers, kicking off around 9 and finishing around midnight...

Wore the same outfit as our April appearance - 16 pounds lighter but still a long way to go...


As well as the usual crowd-pleasing suspects (Elvis, Johnny Cash, CCR, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond) we've been rehearsing stuff by the likes of Bryan Ferry / Bob Dylan / Neil Young / Simon & Garfunkel / Lou Reed / Soft Cell / David Bowie / The Velvet Underground / The Beatles / Roxy Music etc etc and we were hoping it would be a good party night to bid an early farewell to 2012... 

Out, car loaded and picked up Lynn and Ross on the way...

Good to see so many old chums in the audience as we set up...

The sound was made difficult by the settings we’d taken at the last rehearsal being made redundant by both Jamie and Keith turning up with completely different amps...

Nonetheless, just after nine, we were ready to go...

Stereophonic’s “Dakota” is always a good opener – fairly easy to play and calms the nerves...


The audience participation started on song two, “Bad Moon Rising”...

I was happy to get “The Ballad of John and Yoko” out of the way early on – simultaneous bass-ing and singing isn’t one of my strong points...


It boosted the confidence though and my second song at the mic, Bowie’s “Starman”, turned into a surprising sing-a-long anthem...

“Ring of Fire” had the whole audience singing too, before we took things a little left field with The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane”...

Sing-a-longa-Capital-Models returned to end the set with “Sweet Caroline” and “Blue Suede Shoes”...


A chance to mingle and chat – the general consensus seemed to be we were doing pretty well...

On into the second set and “That’s Entertainment” got the crowd going again, while the brilliant reaction to “Say Hello Wave Goodbye” took us completely by surprise...

We managed to get through “Virginia Plain” faultlessly and “Stuck in the Middle” started the dancing in front of us – it seemed only a matter of time before someone fell over into Keith’s drum kit...


The triple header of “Marie’s the Name”, “Cracklin’ Rosie” and “Let’s Stick Together” ended the set on a high...


Time was flying past...

More chat, drinks, laughs and it was back to the music for the third set, aiming to end at midnight...

“Scientist” was a bit ropey but the Quo’s “Caroline” got things back on track, then “Perfect Day” provided my third major singalong ballad of the night after “Starman” and “Say Hello”...


“Proud Mary” and “Brown Eyed Girl” filled the dance floor before a storming version of Dylan’s “Hard Rain” channelled of course via Bryan Ferry’s, for me, definitive version...


I got the chance to rock out a couple of more times in this set with “Rockin’ in the Free World” and a punky version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs Robinson” while the floor was full and the crowd was singing for “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ruby” and “Daydream Believer”...


“The Locomotion” was a bit flat after that but we pulled it out of the bag with our final salvo of “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Jailhouse Rock” followed by a repeat of “All Shook Up” and it was all over...


Then the take down...




...and here are some the post take-down one o'clock stragglers...









Penny tried to recreate the atmos from earlier on...



Goodbyes were said and the car was loaded up and it was time to take Lynn and Ross home...

Back to Crispycat and to bed at two...

A good day...

Highlight of the Day : Performing...

Set One
Dakota
Bad Moon Rising
The Ballad of John and Yoko*
Dancing in the Dark
Tainted Love
Starman*
All Shook Up
Ring of Fire
Sweet Jane*
The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
Sweet Caroline
Blue Suede Shoes*

Set Two
Open Your Eyes
That’s Entertainment
Say Hello Wave Goodbye* 
Laid
Hand in My Pocket*
Heart of Gold
Candy
Virginia Plain*
Stuck in the Middle With You
Big Yellow Taxi*
(Marie’s the Name of) His Latest Flame
Cracklin’ Rosie
Let’s Stick Together*

Set Three
The Scientist
Caroline
Perfect Day*
Proud Mary
Brown Eyed Girl
A Hard Rains-a Gonna Fall*
Suspicious Minds
Folsom Prison Blues  
Rocking in the Free World*
Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town
Mrs Robinson*
Daydream Believer
The Locomotion*
Rhinestone Cowboy
Jailhouse Rock

Encore
All Shook Up (again)

Capital Models
Jamie Frain - Guitar, Vocals
David Reilly - Bass, *Vocals
Keith Apter - Drums

3 comments:

Sandra said...

Is that Randall and Hopkirk getting sucked into the Jumanji board!!

CBQ said...

Hi Sandra

It is indeed - in fact it's Randall and the two Hopkirks...

Bob's yer uncle said...

Best gig I've been to in 2012, in fact, the only gig I've been to in 2012, but you get point !!

Top 3 for me ..... Set 2, songs 2,3,4, rock on !!!

Sorry about the dancing clowns from Murrayfield RFC.