Triple bill of former Vindaloo records label mates.
The Nightingales formed in 1979, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd. They enjoyed cult status in the early ’80’s as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them – “Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980’s to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans”.
In the late Eighties they stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004.
After fucking about with various part timers, starry eyed wastrels, precious sorts and mercenaries the group arrived at its current line-up, which features Lloyd, Andreas Schmid from Faust on bass, ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson and on guitar James Smith, who Lloyd had spotted playing with Damo Suzuki.
Fuzzbox, originally ‘We’ve Got a Fuzzbox and we’re Gonna Use it !!’ formed in 1985, releasing ‘Rules and Regulations’ in 1986 which reached number 41 in the singles charts, they later went on to have major chart success breaking into the top 40 with ‘Love is the Slug’ taken from their ‘Bostin’ Steve Austin’ album
In the summer of 1986 the band teamed up with their Vindaloo Records labelmates, The Nightingales and Ted Chippington to record a single 'Rocking With Rita (Head To Toe)'. The single, credited to the Vindaloo Summer Special, featured Fuzzbox tackling such classics as 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' on the b-side.
The band signed to WEA and for their next album, Big Bang! (1989), The first three singles from the album, 'International Rescue' (UK No. 11), 'Pink Sunshine' (UK No. 14) and 'Self!' (UK No. 24) all reached the UK Top 30.
Comedy legend Ted Chippington will be performing 2 sets, maybe more, maybe less, it’s difficult to tell for sure.
Stewart Lee has often cited Chippington as the reason he began stand-up comedy, describing Chippington's act as 'a mixture of surrealism and insolent provocation and uncompromising boredom'.
Another admirer, Richard Herring, talks of Chippington's 'contempt for the very idea of jokes'. For his part Chippington - who describes his own act as being influenced by Lenny Bruce and Owd Grandad Piggott - says he is an 'anti-comedian' and that he only started doing his act 'to annoy people'. He has even claimed that his main reason for retiring from the stage in the 1990s was that he was becoming too popular.
Fortunately he’s back out of retirement for this gig
A classic line up not to be missed.
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