Archive for February, 2015

Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Noel Gallagher!

I’ve only been thrown out of a gig once. It was by over-zealous rugby club bouncers at Hanoi Rocks’ ‘Two Steps From The Move’ tour at Sheffield Polytechnic in October 1984. I was very excited and maybe I tried to get on the stage. I fell between the stage and crash barrier and was unceremoniously ejected out of the fire exit.

I’ve never forgiven the bouncer who shoved me out. I wasn’t the only one either. There were dozens of us sat out in the cold. I just sat and listened to the gig through the fire doors with a big man from Rotherham. We haven’t kept in touch.

Noel Gallagher’s new single ‘The Ballad of Mightly I’ reminds me of that period. Psychedelic, autumnal and deeply moving.

I read an interview with Noel where he said he likes to spend his time trying to write classic rock songs on guitar using the same classic chords. Hmm, I thought to myself: what a wonderful and productive way to spend one’s time. However, how likely was it that Noel could pull it off? I already knew he’d done some pretty good songs. But classic rock songs? You’d have to be atuned to a higher power to achieve that outcome. Or be a member of The High Club.

So imagine my surprise when I found out that ‘The Ballad of Mighty I’ is a bona fide classic.

It just goes to prove that, beaten and bruised and chucked out of as many fire exits as you like, you can never keep a good song down. Vive La Vida!