AT THE PIRATE,INN , FALMOUTH , CORNWALL , ENGLAND - 11TH APRIL 1998

WITH STIMULATOR AS SUPPORT

AKA 'SAME OLD SET LIST'

BEING A CORNISHMAN MYSELF ,I HAD TO BE HERE FOR THIS GIG,EVEN THOUGH I LIVE IN LONDON NOW.THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THE DAMNED HAD BEEN TO DO A GIG IN CORNWALL SINCE JUNE 1985 AT THE CORNWALL COLISEUM , DURING THE PHANTASMAGORIA TOUR,SO THIS ONE WAS A MUST.

THE WEATHER WAS FREEZING,SO SHRIMP AND MYSELF(AND HIS MISSUS),WERE GLAD TO GET INTO A WARM PUB AND SINK A FEW BEERS FIRST(MMMM BEEEEER).A FEW MORE OF OUR CROWD TURNED UP,AND THEN I SAW CAPTAIN OUTSIDE IN THE PHONE BOX FOR A BEER OR TWO.THEN WE ALL WENT TO THE PIRATE AT ABOUT 5.30 TO WATCH THE SOUNDCHECK,WHICH THEY PLAYEDI JUST CANT BE HAPPY TODAY,LOVE SONG AND OTHER BITS AND PIECES.WE SAT THERE GETTING QUIETLY DRUNK ,AND THE DOORS OPENED TO LET EVERYONE ELSE IN FROM THE COLD AT AROUND 8.30.

THE VENUE ITSELF WAS ONE OF THOSE WIERD PLACES THAT YOU HAD TO BE AT THE FRONT OR YOU COULDNT SEE SHIT.IT WAS A LONG NARROW PLACE,WHICH SEEMED TO BE ONLY ABOUT 20 FEET WIDE.THERE WAS A LOW CIELING RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE STAGE,AND IF YOU WENT FURTHER BACK YOU COULDNT SEE THEIR HEADS UNLESS THEY DUCKED A BIT.AND TO TOP IT ALL,THEY WANTED £12.50 PER TICKET

THE SUPPORT BAND,STIMULATOR, CAME ON AT 10PM,THEY WEREN'T TOO BAD,AND THEY THRASHED OUT THEIR STUFF IN ABOUT 45 MINUTES.THE DAMNED CAME ON AT AFTER 11.THEY WERE A BIT LATE COMING ON STAGE,BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO COME ON UNTIL AN UNDESIRABLE AT THE FRONT WAS REMOVED.

THE SET LIST WAS PRETTY SIMILAR TO OTHER GIGS I HAVE SEEN IN THE LAST YEAR OR SO,STARTING OFF WITH MONTY'S CREEPY KEYBOARD INTRO,WITH THE CAPTAIN AND MONTY JOINING IN.

PREDICTABLY,THE FIRST SONG WAS PLAN 9 CHANNEL 7,AFTER WHICH CAPTAIN TOLD EVERYONE THAT HE MUST HAVE BEEN MISTAKEN FOR GEORGE MICHAEL."I DONT GO INTO PUBLIC TOILETS AND MASTURBATE IN FRONT OF POLICEMEN",HE SAID,AFTER GEORGE MICHAEL HAD BEEN CAUGHT DOING THE SAME THE DAY BEFORE.HE MADE OTHER JOKES ABOUT IT AS THE GIG WENT ON.

NEXT UP WAS DOZEN GIRLS,FOLLOWED BY NEAT NEAT NEAT AND WAIT FOR THE BLACKOUT,CAPTAINS 30 SECOND RENDITION OF THE SNOOKER SONG,AND MORE JOKES ABOUT GEORGE MICHAEL,CLIFF RICHARD AND PHIL COLLINS.

CAPTAIN TOOK THE PISS OUT OF RAT SCABIES,AND DAVE FOUND A SMELLY SOCK,WHICH CAPTAIN SAID BELONGED TO RAT.(WIERD)

THEN CAME THE MAJOR FUCK-UP OF THE NIGHT.MELODY LEE LASTED ALL OF 40 SECONDS,WHEN THEY COMPLETELY LOST THEIR PLACE,WITH CAPTAIN BLAMING IT ON PATRICIA MORRISON,AND THEN HE STARTED TO DO AN AUCTION TO TRY AND MAKE IT LOOK LIKE IT WAS INTENTIONAL.THEY TRIED AGAIN.AND FAILED AGAIN.THIS TIME IT LASTED ABOUT 10 SECONDS.THIRD TIME LUCKY,THEY GOT IT RIGHT.

LOOKIING AT YOU WAS THE LAST SONG OF THE MAIN SET,AND WHEN THEY CAME BACK,CAPTAIN WAS WEARING A KIND OF PINK PATTERNED DRESS.THE FIRST ENCORE CONSISTED OF NEW ROSE,ELOISE,

I NOTICED A FEW PEOPLE LEAVING AFTER THE FIRST ENCORE,THINKING IT WAS OVER,SO IF THOSE PEOPLE ARE READING THIS.... HA HA HA HA HA !!! DON'T LEAVE UNTIL THE LIGHTS COME BACK ON ,'CAUSE YOU MISSED LOVE SONG AND SMASH IT UP...OH YEAH ,AND CAPTAINS SWEATY ARSE !

THEY LEFT THE STAGE NOT LONG BEFORE 1 AM,AND WE ALL LEFT AT 1.30,DRUNK OR STONED,OR BOTH.


COMPLETE SET LIST

PLAN 9 CHANNEL 7
DOZEN GIRLS
NEAT NEAT NEAT
WAIT FOR THE BLACKOUT
I JUST CANT BE HAPPY TODAY
DISCO MAN
SHADOW OF LOVE
CURTAIN CALL
NOISE NOISE NOISE
MELODY LEE
LOOKING AT YOU
NEW ROSE
ELOISE
LOVE SONG
SMASH IT UP
..
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ADRIAN COOKE

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