Saturday, 9 February 2013

Felt - Burberries, Birmingham 19/12/1989


2012 was a profilic year, both product and publicity-wise, by the reclusive standards of Lawrence. While he made several appearances at the Lawrence of Belgravia screenings, no live shows were forthcoming to support On The Hot Dog Streets, his first album of (almost) new material in seven years.

In the nigh on quarter of a century since Felt played their last concert,  Lawrence has become an underground institution for small pockets of fans around the globe, but back in 1989 things were a little different.

Already veterans by the time the Creation/C86 scene had kicked into gear -  a scene that would be quickly trumped by the emergence of Madchester and rave as the nineties dawned - Felt were possibly seen as old skool indie destined for bargain bin obscurity. With drummer Gary Ainge making ends meet working as a toilet cleaner, Martin Duffy hob-knobbing with Primal Scream, and Creation unable to finance the release of Me And A Monkey On The Moon, Lawrence hatched a plan to move to New York and start afresh with the intent on finding a new way of songwriting in a bid to finally break into the mainstream.

Perhaps fittingly, this final Felt concert was performed on Lawrence's home turf where it had all begun in a semi-detached Water Orton bedroom a decade earlier. By no means an emotional farewell en masse in the vein of Cream at the Royal Albert Hall or The Band's Last Waltz, here they run through some choice cuts from their back catalogue, as well as some new songs from the then current album, as if it was just another day at the office. But then that was probably just another part of Lawrence's grand masterplan.

1. Declaration/Bottoming Out
2. All The People I Like Are Those That Are Dead
3. Budgie Jacket
4. New Day Dawning
5. Riding On The Equator
6. Roman Litter
7. Red Indians
8. Fortune
9. The Final Resting Of The Ark
10. Primitive Painters
11. She Lives By The Castle
12. encore break
13. Penelope Tree
14.  Ballad Of The Band 

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