They say that if you can remember the 90s, you obviously weren’t there. So if you were in a field somewhere in Hampshire 20 years ago, getting sorted for Es and whizz, but have since regained consciousness, it must feel like you’ve never been away.
For me, the 90s meant getting myself sorted for cheese and fizz at a seemingly endless round of children’s birthday parties.
But have a look at today’s music scene: Take That are still making females of a certain age come over all unnecessary while shifting millions of units, Pulp reformed and played at numerous festivals across Europe, Brett Anderson and Suede got back together to huge public acclaim, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica got a run-out at last summer’s Camp Bestival and, this week, Blur received the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Rambling Acceptance Speeches while Under the Influence of Corporate Hospitality award at the Brits.
One of my favourite bands of that era were seriously overlooked, however. Dodgy had a few hits with their clever-clever lyrics and catchy tunes (Staying Out for the Summer, Good Enough etc) and, as seems de rigeur these days, have reformed and are taking their latest album Stand Upright in a Cool Place on the road.
Nigel Clark (vocals/bass guitar), Mathew Priest (drums/vocals) and Andy Miller (guitar/vocals) decided to regroup after they came together at the funeral of one of their original crew members – it was hard to remember why there had been a hiatus in the first place and very soon afterwards they got together and quickly rediscovered their creative chemistry.
You can see Dodgy live at Bridport’s Electric Palace on Friday, March 9, as part of a nationwide tour.
Doors open at 7pm, tickets are £15 in advance from Bridport TIC on 01308 424901.
Now then, the other day I was at a pub quiz and one of the rounds was Famous Brothers. Noel and Liam: Gallagher. Bobby and Jackie: Charlton. Orville and Wilbur: Wright.
My team were doing well until the next question: Eddie and Frank. Clearly, the answer was the Gray brothers, part of Don Revie’s brutally efficient but generally unloved Leeds United side of the 1970s.
How wrong we were. The quizmaster was obviously referring to Eddie and Frank Thomas, the Mississippi blues brothers who will be making a welcome return to Bluesnights at the Dorchester Arts Centre on Saturday, March 3.
The brothers write songs and make films about their life growing up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and will certainly be a Bluesnight with a difference. Cue them banjos...
Tickets are £12 in advance from the box office on 01305 266926. Be quick though, as the last few Bluesnights have all sold out.
Moving on, keyboard ace Don Airey knows a thing or two about rock music having played with, amongst others, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Whitesnake and that black metal deity himself Andrew Lloyd Webber.
So when Don praises a band, you know he’s talking sense.
“Never go on after Hells Bells – they’re lethal,” he said after witnessing the AC/DC tribute band in full high voltage effect.
You can see what he means tomorrow night, Saturday February 25, when Hells Bells hit the highway to hell (or Westham Road, as some people call it) at Finns in Weymouth.
Admission is £6 and be prepared to be shook all night long.
’Till next time...