The Calling, again

I was a touch late arriving - just a few minutes - due to lack of organisation. This was the same lack of organisation that led to me not making sure that our scheduled guest DJ knew that he was supposed to be there, in fact. By the time I arrived, acerbic comments had doubtless already been swapped and scy11a was behind the wheels of steel entertaining the assembled oligotude. It was slow going for the first while, but the place filled reasonably well. At some point the coach party must have arrived, because we ended up having about half again what we usually do. Most impressive.

I chatted to people (various) until 10:30 and then played a few groovy beat records until twelve, at which point Sarah went back on for an hour and I took over again for the last hour. At this point, slick with sweat and doubtless utterly rank, I went home.

I enjoyed myself. It was a bit ropy until the Clash went on, and after that mistakes seemed to become impossible. The spirit of Comrade Joe must have taken over the room.

Anyway, many thanks to everyone who came along, especially the ones who came some distance. it was lovely to see you all. I'd make a list here, but it'd be so incredibly long . . . and I'd still forget people. And thanks for the kind comments, too. I had an excellent time, mainly because it seemed to be going well and people were mostly enjoying themselves. I think last night will be my lasting memory of The Calling. Thank you all.


Killing Joke - Millenium
Big Black - The model
Mclusky - Lightsaber cocksucking blues(R)
Mclusky - No new wave no fun
Placebo - This picture
Echo & the Bunnymen - Lips like sugar
Curve - Fait Accompli (r)
The Clash - London Calling
Iggy & the Stooges - Gimme danger(R)
Belisha - The fall of the evergreen(R?)
Katatonia - I break (R)
Bowie - Heroes
Tubeway Army - Are "friends" electric?(R)
Nine Inch Nails - The perfect drug(R)
The Cramps - Human Fly(r)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Do you love me?
Madge Manson - White Trash(R)
Half Man, Half Biscuit - Vatican Broadside(R)
The Creatures - Miss the girl
The Only Ones - Another girl, another planet (R)
The Ramones - Somebody put something in my drink
Max Raabe & the Palast Orchester - Tainted love
Swarf - Fall
Pop Will Eat Itself - Ich bin ein Auslander(r)
Rome Burns - Catharsis



New Model Army - Inheritance (r)
The Chameleons - Swamp thing
Siouxsie & the banshees - Dear Prudence
The Cure - Lullaby(R)
Depeche Mode - It's no good
Leonard Cohen - Everybdy knows
Martha & the Muffins - Echo beach
Placebo - Nancy Boy
The Birthday Party - Release the bats
Bauhaus - Ziggy Stardust
Virgin Prunes - Baby turns blue
Rocket From The Crypt - On a rope
The Clash - I fought the law (live)
Big Black - Kerosene

Johnny Cash - Hurt

Oh, look - photographs, courtesy of olithered.

And here's the rest of the entertainment.
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Good. It's been going for about eight years now, so hopefully it's got a bit left in it. It was really good to see you again - and yes, if you're in Scotland at all, let me know.
Good to see a full house for your last stand. Even my non-goth gliding pal got suitably sweaty, but "went home when they started playing Leonard Cohen as [he's] not ready to slit his wrists yet"....
But . . . but Leonard Cohen's not depressing!

Anyway, that's one of his angry songs.
Inspired by 'oh, so that was Mclusky then' thoughts I finally got my ass over to their website. I now have the second album sitting in my shopping basket at Amazon while I decide whether to add something else to get free shipping or not (I'm only 63p short, and it's false economy I'm sure).

There's no connection with the link. It's just the single that I had playing at the time, which doesn't seem to be too expensive. It's not actually Amazon selling it, though, so it probably doesn't help with your quandary.

Yes. Gene Wolfe, for many years, worked as an engineer (and then as editor of an engineering journal) while writing in his copious free time. Eventually he retired and now just writes. One of the jobs he had was to design an oven for a particular baking job. Nothing amazing - just an oven, to fit a particular production process. For Pringles.

Not actually a fascinating story, I'm afraid. And no, I don't view eating Pringles as a homage.
Are you *trying* to make me spend money? :p I placed the order in the end. I just went for the Mclusky album and RSH and Nikki Sudden's "Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc/Live in Ausberg [LIVE]", I've saved the rest for later.

I didn't know they needed a special oven. You learn something every day. I do like the paprika ones.
Not much. It was the cheapest thing I could find. I was hoping to find a mondo cheap 7", but they don't seem to have any. Too Pure (IIRC) have two or three Mclusky 7"s for a quid each.

The other ones sound good. You'll have to tell me what they're like once you have them.

It's a big plant. All the gear's specially-designed, I think. No weird technology, just an oven designed to cook objects of a particular size and composition, I guess. He has commented on it somewhere - as an engineer, he advocated making the potato disks thicker, so they'd crack less often. The marketing people were prepared to accept breakage if it meant they'd get more thinner disks in a tube - so that customers would feel they were getting better value.
It was worth coming from Nottingham for. Good people, good music.
Thank you. And for coming along, too. I'll see you again before too long, hopefully.
I'm sorry I couldn't be there.
I know I moved away first, but damn you, boy, I'm going to miss you. You've been a wonderful friend and then some, and a generous and sweet (and terribly forgiving) housemate.
I hope your new life in Edinburgh brings you what you've been looking for. Good luck.
Thank you. I'll be down at points, so I'm sure I'll see you then, and of course you have to come up sometime.
Excellent to get to the calling after 4 years of ineptness. Thoroughly good time.

Max Raabe & the Palast Orchester - Tainted love
Mmmmmmm. Gooooood. Must procure...

Thanks. And may I add that you should most definitely hear their version of We Will Rock You?
Alas there are none of you, although I recall there were a couple of good ones in the previous lot.

I'd be grateful if you could change "i3" to "index" in the link; that way folk get the most recent version of the code. My fault for posting it wrong in the first place...

And of course, thankyou for last night and indeed all the rest of the callings over the years.

Take care,
Re: photographs
'Tis done. Thanks. And you're very welcome, of course. I still have your tenor. I may see you over the weekend, but I'll make sure he reaches you anyway.
Re: photographs

Ah yes, my tenor. Thanks for reminding/remembering. This weekend is quite busy so I may or may not see you...
Someone definitely turned up the pretty crowd switch at about 22:10.
Excellent music from you, as ever.
We'll miss you. Come back and visit sometime (please!).
Gosh. You're very welcome.

It just always goes down very well, you see. As does Vision, in fact.

And yes, I'd love some more (crawl, crawl) please.