As promised, here's a review of the Ashton gig on the 20th September at the Witchwood.
Arrived early. Timed it well 'cos my old mate Nev was just getting them in.
Nev had gone to see The Adverts with me twice back in '77 and he was with me
when I first saw TV again in December '98.
Ordered an excellent pint of Nottingham's finest; Castle Rock.
I thought I recognised one burly punk bloke in the bar, but, couldn't figure
out where from. We decided to leave the bar and go through into the concert
room after an old bloke had nearly puked on my jacket - at last after all these
years someone actually puking at a punk gig!!
999 where much more popular than I realised - there were dozens of punters,
many with 999 regalia.
We got a seat right at the front. The support band were a Punk/New Wave tribute
band called the Geckos. They where far more New Wave than Punk and played such
fringe Punk music as XTC and Elvis Costello. To cry's of "play something
Punk" and a wave of fleeing mohicans, they responded with an untimely Tommy
Gun. The singer was okay and the bassist was a laugh, but, a guitarist chewing
gum and wearing an Addidas shirt just doesn't seen very Punk to me.
My concern went towards TV - how would this crowd respond to the likes of the
classic "As Soon As I Found It I Lost It"?
TV came over and we chatted about the Sheffield gig and the racisism being
stired up in the hatepapers. He asked about the gang (Smit & Henry - they
will be catching up with TV in Cambridge - see ya their lads).
Then it was TV's turn on stage and he just went for it - bursting into Only
One Flavour. With comments like I'd like to play this one before we all die
- he dived into his past and pulled out New Church. This was followed by an
appropriate request for The Future Used To Be Better - TV blistered through
it. After a much too short 30 minutes TV finished off with his sung-a-long hit,
GG's Eyes. The applause brought him back for a final rapid fire version of One
The first time I'd seen TV in a Punk setting since '77 and he produced the
goods - nice one Teev!
999 finished off a good night and I polished off another few pints of Castle
Rock (so the second half of the night was a little blury). "Chicane Destination"
was the highlight of their set for me. The guy in the bar turned out to be 999's
bass player for the gig, but, that didn't explain where I knew him from, 'cos
I unfortunately missed 999 in '77.
I remember Nick Cash (the vocalsit) shouting out something about "they
hit me and they hit TV Smith" (I think this was connected to that late
'76/early '77 fun pass time of Punk bashing!).
Nick thanked the bass player from the Lurkers and it all began to fit into
place. The Lurkers bass player is the guy who is interviewed at length (in his
mums front room whilst watching Top Of The Pops) in the "Punk in London"
German video I got from Chris Savage. I went over to have a chat with him and
see if I was right. yep it was him - he seemed like a bloody good bloke as well!
The mystery solved I said my farewells and headed back to the local Hotel for
This was the second gig in TV's biggest British tour for years - miss it at