“I’m old and I’m tired and I wanna go to bed”
Title / Location:
Dingwalls, London, UK
01. Intro (0.43)
02. One Dead Groove (5.32)
03. The F-Word (3.47)
04. Till You Die (3.59)
05. Eyes in The Back of My Head (3.52)
06. Fireflies (3.45)
07. [Happy Happy Happy] (0.40)
08. Out of Sight (3.09)
09. [We're gonna be on the net] (1.06)
10. If You’ll Be Mine (5.26)
11. Back Together (4.10)
12. Wave Your Hands (false start) (1.34)
13. The Way You Are (false start) (2.45)
14. Bad Old Man (5.06)
15. All Men Are Evil (intro and pause) (1.08)
16. All Men are Evil (4.41)
17. Atomic Soda (wrong start) (1.17)
18. [Are You Playing the Right Thing?] (2.03)
19. Getaway (4.55)
20. [Back in ten minutes] (1.12)
21. Goodnight (3.20)
22. [Audience] (2.14)
23. C.F.C. (4.19)
24. [Probably the Last Gig] (1.26)
25. The Way You Are (5.14)
Nb: The titles in [brackets] indicate pauses, chats and other interuptions.
This is the complete recording of the infamous Dingwalls gig in London – the one where EVERYTHING went wrong with the pa system (the fun doesn’t start untill well into If You’ll be Mine though). While not exactly enjoying this thoublesome night (“I’m old and I’m tired and I wanna go to bed”), Stephen and the band still manage to end the gig with humour and dignity in spite of unsuccessful attemps at playing Wave Your Hands, Getaway and Atomic Soda (eventually RZ’s Mickey Mouse doll gets the blame for the faults!!!).
Before finally playing a very nice version of The Way You Are, Stephen announces that this is probably the last UK gig ever. I think this is the type of recording that bootleggers and traders will refer to as ‘a historical document’.
My version of this bootleg is based on a low-volume audience recording that the taper mailed me some time ago. Recently, I took the liberty of doing a bit of remastering; but only by normalising and raising and adjusting the sound volume throughout the entire disc and changing the track indexing. In spite of the mininal range of the microphone used, no other changes were needed in finally making this quite a plausible recording.
This gig also exists in a poor sounding and very low frequency webcast produced by Channelfly.com, which was ultimately burned to disc and traded quite a lot. I wont’t trade that one, and if you don’t have the version described here (or a different version based on the same master tape), try mailing me for a B&P trade. I really recommend it.