Take one part REM, one part Billy Bragg, one part Chris Stamey, and one part Robyn Hithcock. Mix with alcohol of choice and let sit for an hour and a half.
This is a one off gig from all the above in a small club, The Borderline Club in London, 3/15/1991, doing covers, classics, and other drunken ramblings. From the sounds of the scant applause in the audience, this is one of those legendary secret shows whose story gets passed down for generations of fans.
My capture of the Tower Records in-store in 2006 (click here) has become a well-regarded artifact of that in-store tour, and this latest one builds on that. Promoting his excellent new multi-disk box set, Arkaeology, Karl Wallinger brought his band World Party to the awesome record store Fingerprints for Record Store Day for an intimate performance.
Karl was engaging, funny, quick-witted, and a generally all-around great host. Having met him at the 2006 performance, he graciously came out before the show to say a quick "hello".
"What Does It Mean Now", though on the setlist, was exised from the show.
In case you weren't one of the lucky ones, I have edited the show and placed the videos here. Embedding videos in a blog from Youtube does not allow the full video, so double click each video to enjoy at full screen.
If you're dying for a DVD, email me for information.
For your enjoyment, the exciting return of Squeeze. This was their performance just a couple days before their Coachella appearance. The first song and a half, unfortunately, are omitted due to technical difficulties. Careful before you hit play, it blasts really loud at the beginning...watch your volume.