This would be the other half of a double-bill, with The Flaming Lips sharing the stage on this evening. Those photos appear earlier on my blog https://michaelconen.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/96/
This was just one of the many side-projects that Jon Langford, of The Mekons, would involve himself in over the years. Photos of him with The Mekons appear as my first post on this blog https://michaelconen.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/hello-world/.
What would turn out to be their only major U.S. tour, featured three guys, all of whom would share vocal duties; a bass player; a lead vocalist; and a guitarist. The percussion duties would fall on a drum machine: and I’ve since, never witnessed a better use of the programmed beat working so well with a live band playing along. The songs would stop on-a-dime, and to this day, I’m still wondering who was triggering the stops and starts of the programming??? It wasn’t clear that the ever-busy Mr. Langford was in control of this, or if it was their sound man……either way, it worked like a charm.
Loud, driving songs they were, which contrasted sharply with the Lips’ performance, but I would say that enjoyed them equally, on this evening. I was already familiar with some of their ep’s and really liked a few of the songs a great deal – they might have been a bit too political for some, but I’ve always thought they were a unique band, that deserved much more acclaim. Oh well, that could be said about many groups and performers that I’ve followed over the years, who’ve toiled away in semi-, or complete, obscurity….
House lights were practically on full for most of the performance, and I was none the happier for it: I would not have to use the flash rig once!
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NOTE: A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE WATERMARKS ON MY WORK
While many of you who arrive here, to look at these photographs may get turned off to my use of watermarks [thinking they ruin the image], let me explain why I choose to do this.
No one paid for my camera equipment but me. No one paid for the film I used to take these photographs. On occasion, when I free-lanced for a free monthly newsletter, and they published a photo of mine, the payment for each photograph barely paid for the fuel to get my vehicle to the show [when I *did* have a vehicle], and the film I used on that night.
Not too many of my photos were published, at the time, because the artists I chose to capture images of, were not hugely popular then. Hence, the old dictum, “Supply and Demand”; I had the supply, but the demand [pre-Internet], was not there. You can argue the relative merits of the quality of my work, and that is precisely what a blog offers: a venue for discussion.
Back to the watermarks: no one is subsidizing my time to scan and then clean up the images I am presenting here. Start to finish, each negative will take approximately an hour-and-a-half to reach “proof” quality – which is what you will see here. This is my labor of love, and until there is some measurable return on my efforts, what you see is what you get.