Good, the Bad and the Ugly'
"Do they still exist?"
These are the 2 standard replies I usually get
whenever I mention TMTCH. Something told me that this gig was going to
be a good one. For a start I was going to meet some other people who
had actually heard of the band and their attendance meant that knew
TMTCH were still alive and gigging!
So what made it a good gig? Well, there was a great atmosphere from the
start - in a brilliant venue - I met some fantastic people - and had an
amazing time. I danced and cheered and jumped and sang and cheered some
more. (Reliving my youth? No, I never grew up!)
The set list - it was mainly a re-jig of 'Majestic'
with a couple of additions. But to be honest - these are the songs I
want to hear. Yes, it would be nice to hear one or two others. Off to a
great start with 'Ghosts....', 'The Eye', 'Dog's Eyes...', I'm not on
my own dancin' and singin' , the audience are on side. 'Scarlet
Ribbons' - echoed around the small but packed room. 'Nightbird' - love
Then came the most memorable part of the gig - the
highlight. I stood watching and listening to a solitary Swill singing
'Barrett's Privateers'. It is a rather - special moving song and Swill
excels in the vocals. Perhaps I oughta make it to one of the 'Odgers
and Simmonds' gigs - afterall.
Tempo increases again with 'Shirt o' Blue' being
belted out by Cush. It may be because I play the MP3 whilst I work -
but I do miss the monarchic laughter. This is followed by 'Greenback
dollar', 'Our Day', - I remember this sounding good - 'The Crest', The
Colours' and a rousing finish with 'Ironmasters'. - 2 encores later
with a 'Born to be Wild' finish - the audience looked and sounded very
Paul Simmonds writes such clever, meaningful lyrics
about a wide variety of events. I will never tire of listening to them
on cd/vinyl, but a well performed 'live' gig - is something rather
Okay - I didn't get a set list -this time - and I do so want a signed
one for my wall! :o)
Hee hee - as if I would let on ........... only joking! Or am I?
The trip lived up to all expectations - the
anticipation of a good gig was not misplaced.
Thanks to all those I met - and as Chris stated
'when The Men .... return to Newcastle so will I!'
Thanks to TMTCH - you've still got it - go for it!
To any others - don't think about going to a TMTCH
gig - just GO! - you wont be disappointed!