Indie/Alternative music thread

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notpodd Tue 06-Mar-12 14:17:43

I have been searching for a place on Mn to hang out for ages, but not being pregnant or obsessed with feeding, my pets or Corrie have failed to find a home. See the thing I obsess over is a good tune. Then it occurred to me - I need an Indie music thread/quiche. Is there one that I just can't find because I'm blonde and if not - lets start one!

feedthegoat Sat 17-Mar-12 10:21:08

Nothing wrong with that, I don't think any music collection should be exclusive!

My love of music started with my mums collection of Motown and Northern Soul and my uncle passing on his collection of (largely german) New Wave as well as a bag of singles from my grandmas friends daughter. I still have a nostalgic soft spot for Kenny Rodgers Ruby from that back of records, my mum and I used to dance to it when I was about same age as ds! My earliest favourites were Diana Ross, The Temptations, Kenny Rodgers, Neil Diamond and Squeeze so I guess I can't say too much when ds tells me '- don't think The Wanted are that good...but I quite like them'! I'm all for eclectic.

notpodd Sat 17-Mar-12 07:05:20

I'm going to see the reformed Commitments tonight. Not very indie I know, but I'm super excited anyway. My ears also perked up at the announcement yesterday that Paul Simon will be performing Graceland in full at Hard Rock Calling this summer. I'm turning into my mother at an alarming rate hmm

MegBusset Fri 16-Mar-12 16:42:27

I fell asleep during a Spiritualized gig blush Well it had been a long day at work and the seats were very comfy...

feedthegoat Thu 15-Mar-12 21:28:26

Just watching spiritualised on the bbc red button now. It is many moons ago that I last saw them and he has aged somewhat. It is making me feel old!

feedthegoat Thu 15-Mar-12 10:27:52

Don't remember the video but yes to the poster, it was the artwork for one of the singles. Just found it - 'Limp'! Goodness me, it's a real walk down memory lane when you start rooting round the dusty CD's. We've got allsorts obscure tat in there!

Merrylegs Thu 15-Mar-12 09:10:00

Blimey, Drop Nineteens, forgotten about them. Didn't they have a video where they were all eating a really yummy breakfast? I seem to remember waffles. And pancakes. Am sure I used to have a poster too - a child holding a lolipop over its eye. Ooh. all coming back to me.....

notpodd Thu 15-Mar-12 06:36:35

I was still living in South Africa when I was 17 (I think I might be about the same age as you goat) and the American music was everywhere while the UK music was not played on the radio and impossible to get. So I was into the stone roses, suede, the happpy mondays etc etc etc - but that was considered incredible obscure and unheard off. Everyone was into Nirvana and Metallica. I definitely am naturally a shoe gazer, but had to learn to rock to survive my circumstances smile

That said I love Pearl Jam, they are my favourite band ever. They have evolved into a "Grateful Dead"like band. Their fans find them like a religious experience. I will harbor no criticism of them please. But even then I think it is the baritone,brilliant lyrics and general godlike genius of Mr Vedder I love, as opposed to the spiraling overly long guitar and piano solos of the rest of the band.

feedthegoat Wed 14-Mar-12 22:58:16

No need to apologise over Foo Fighters to me, they are not my great love! I just fancied the idea of sociable group outing to one of the biggies.

I got into Indie just as the whole American thing was on the wane and was vehemently anti american band,childish I know but then I was only 17. Dh was the opposite and was mighty proud of having seen Nirvana for about £3! I finally relented my exclusive ban when I fell for The Drop Nineteens. It was grudging for too long for any of them to be my burning passion though! I was a shoegazing type...took me years to cope with the rockier end of dh's taste!

feedthegoat Wed 14-Mar-12 22:58:16

No need to apologise over Foo Fighters to me, they are not my great love! I just fancied the idea of sociable group outing to one of the biggies.

I got into Indie just as the whole American thing was on the wane and was vehemently anti american band,childish I know but then I was only 17. Dh was the opposite and was mighty proud of having seen Nirvana for about £3! I finally relented my exclusive ban when I fell for The Drop Nineteens. It was grudging for too long for any of them to be my burning passion though! I was a shoegazing type...took me years to cope with the rockier end of dh's taste!

notpodd Wed 14-Mar-12 22:43:28

I have such a special photo of her on my husband's shoulder's, ear protectors on, magic in her eyes and huge grin on her face.

MegBusset Wed 14-Mar-12 22:36:02

Kids at gigs are cute. Went to see Sugababes (yes I know but had free tickets) a few years back and the place was rammed with girls aged about 6+, by the end more than a few were curled up asleep in their seats, very sweet!

notpodd Wed 14-Mar-12 22:33:57

I'm going to the Ilse of Wight - although clearly the Reading/Leeds line up is infinitely superior.

I took my DD1 (7 at the time) to Hard Rock Calling last year - to the night James, the Kaiser Chiefs and the Killers were on. It was a magical experience for her, although she was tired after the concert was finished and we had to walk to the tube station, hike across KingsX etc. But she has already asked what i'm taking her to this year.

MegBusset Wed 14-Mar-12 22:33:07

Foo Fighters are one of my worst gigs, sorry. At Wembley Arena so not really their fault I suppose, tis the worst venue in the world.

Second worst gig: The Stone Roses. Truly so-bad-it-was-almost-funny. Also at Wembley Arena!

Best: Manics at the Astoria, 1994
Tindersticks secret gig in a pub in Camden c.1995
Twilight Singers at the Islington Academy
Pixies (reformed) at Brixton Academy
Brian Wilson doing Smile at the Royal Festival Hall
And loads of small gigs in Camden by bands nobody's ever heard of grin

feedthegoat Wed 14-Mar-12 22:21:49

My friend has just text to ask if we want to join them at Leeds for the friday as both she and her dc (4 and 5) are big foo's fans. Boo to public sector worker poverty as can't afford it! Ds would have loved it as is really good friends with her boys too.

Hoping to take him somewhere this year though, maybe Indietracks...that had a nice vibe last time we went (and dh managed to bags guest lists too which is always a bonus).

feedthegoat Wed 14-Mar-12 22:21:49

My friend has just text to ask if we want to join them at Leeds for the friday as both she and her dc (4 and 5) are big foo's fans. Boo to public sector worker poverty as can't afford it! Ds would have loved it as is really good friends with her boys too.

Hoping to take him somewhere this year though, maybe Indietracks...that had a nice vibe last time we went (and dh managed to bags guest lists too which is always a bonus).

aliciaflorrick Mon 12-Mar-12 07:20:29

I know I said I was nine months pregnant but the concert was in the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre on the banks of the Thames it was a sitty down gig (DS ended up being two weeks late too so even the contractions came to nothing). The first time we saw them was when Divine Comedy was supporting Robbie Williams and while Robbie is good, it's the Divine Comedy we came away talking about, hadn't heard of them until then.

notpodd Mon 12-Mar-12 06:31:34

I'm so envy of all your gigs. Shouty I'm quite partial to the Stone roses, although I do think they can be over hyped at times, like many other bands that the press go mad about Artic monkeys, fleet foxes, kings of leon

Most pregnant I've been at a gig is seven months at a Robbie Williams concert blush, please don't kick me out now if for no other than because I started the thread damn it

lovelychops Sun 11-Mar-12 22:56:23

ChutesTooNarrow I'm so jealous of your Flaming Lips claim to fame! They're the band I'm dying to see live, but the fact you got to dance with them is amazing! Must have been brilliant.

Was also going to say REM at Glastonbury as one of my all time best. It was magical.

I agree with whoever said there are so many 'of their time' which may not be that good in retrospect. Saw so many bands back in the day.

Best gig in some ways was Verve (before they added the The) at Wolves Civic for £4. Oasis were the support band, I think it was 1994 ?

Last gig was Weller when I was pregnant, watched it from side of stage as DP was working on the tour. Not boasting, I was a bit bored and my back was killing.

Merrylegs Sun 11-Mar-12 22:55:30

Because the Stone Roses are a bit rubbish really, aren't they? (I was at Spike Island so I can say that with some authority).

Shoutymomma Sun 11-Mar-12 22:52:19

Ahem, why are there not many pages of Stone Roses worship?

Saw The Smiths when I was a smitten fan, but best gig was James at Moles in Bath; intimate cellar setting, amazing sound.

Merrylegs Sun 11-Mar-12 22:47:40

Best gig? Associates at Leeds Uni probably (sadBilly McKenzie)
Oh, and The Smiths at Brixton Academy, obviously grin.

Casualty Sun 11-Mar-12 22:37:52

Ooh yes, Neil Hannon saw him at Shepherd's Bush, was right at the front and I'm sure he was making eye contact with me wink

Best gig ever though was The Killers in Birmingham, never wanted that to end!

feedthegoat Sun 11-Mar-12 22:28:37

Nope, don't think I could have done that at 9 months either! I think my last gig was Athlete just before 7 months and that was enough for me.

I did do a football match a fortnight before ds arrived though. I was slightly worried about getting wedged in turnstiles though bump was a total pain in the arse at halftime when everyone wanted to squeeze past me!

feedthegoat Sun 11-Mar-12 22:28:37

Nope, don't think I could have done that at 9 months either! I think my last gig was Athlete just before 7 months and that was enough for me.

I did do a football match a fortnight before ds arrived though. I was slightly worried about getting wedged in turnstiles though bump was a total pain in the arse at halftime when everyone wanted to squeeze past me!

Neil Hannon is definitely one to watch live, the whole place is electric

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