'Groovy Black Shades' issue 6 (1983)|
'HERE COMES THE SUMMER'
The Living Room
London Adam's Arms 4 June 1983
A hot sunny day, just perfect for Communication Blur's 'Here Comes the Summer' gig with Miles Landesman,
12 Cubic Feet, The Legend and the T.V. Personalities. The Adams Arms is a small, cosy pub nestling in the
shadow of the Post Office tower, just down the road from Capital Radio. Above the bar is a not-very-big
room that is usually a folk club... but tonight it's home to Alan McGee's celebration of Summer. The PA
was minimal, the lights were either an anglepoise lamp or a slide show depending on the band. And it was
so bloody hot!! But there was a very relaxed atmosphere, so relaxed that the first band, Miles Landesman,
were still in the bar when they should've been on 'stage'!! They only played a short set but they were really
good and I look forward to seeing them again in the future. Next were 12 Cubic Feet. Now, I'd heard a tape of
them and I didn't like it so it would be an understatement to say I was not looking forward to their set.
BUT... I really enjoyed it! Maybe it was the drink but I quite liked them! I taped the whole gig and I've
played their bit quite a few times since. Some of the songs seemed a bit over long but what the heck... The
Legend and his Swingin' Soul Sisters was next. Really they have to be seen to be believed. They hacked their
way through various classics from 77 / 78 and even threw in a mutilated version of 'Shipbuilding' to boot!! The
Legend has got a single out soon, who dares to even guess what they're going to sound like! "Hello, we're
the Television Personalities and welcome to our world." said Dan and after reminding Joe of the chords they
went into 'Paradise Express' [sic]. The part of the set that I saw before leaving for the train was a mixture of
oldies and newies. Amongst the oldies were slow versions of 'Dorian Gray' and 'Silly Girl', but for me the best
one was a newie called 'Back To Vietnam'. I'd love to have it on vinyl. Dan even chucked in a couple of bars from
'I Can See For Miles' for good measure! All in all it was a great night out and it's nice to know that there are
still bands like the T.V.P's playing the pubs and clubs of the U.K. Mind you the T.V.P's should be big enough
by now to play Wembley.|
Many thanks to Paul for use of the material.
Thanks to Chris Davidson for the loan of this item.