I'm often asked what I miss most about London and after careful, culturally sensitive thought, I'll answer - music.
I miss not popping down to a local pub and seeing a live band, often before they become famous. In the mid-seventies, there was a pub-rock music genre which grew into punk. I saw Dire Straits, Lene Lovich, Ducks DeLuxe, Brinsley Schwartz (with Nick Lowe), the 101ers - Joe Strummer's band before the Clash.
Yep, those were the days. Kids of today have to put up with copyists of copyists. In fact, feeding nostalgia is big business in Britain now. When groups get too big for small gigs with the price of a pint being the price of entry, or they get too smashed out of theitr skulls on sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll to actually play anywhere, then fans can make do with 'tribute' bands.
Being British, their name is a pun, as well as a clue to the music they perform live. I've found a list on Listopia
(The Home Of The List) which has had me giggling fit to bust.
Here are my current top ten favourites:
Ella Fits Gerald
Otis From Reading
Not Was (Not Was)
Tom Waits For No Man
The Isley Brothers-in-law
Hue Of Lewis And The News
The Replacement Replacements
Creedance Clearwater Revival Revival
Everything But Everything But The Girl
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (aren't in this band).
By the way, I know I'm no good at maths.
But while on the subject of lists, I must mention that the esteemed Diamond Geezer has included Jakartass in his list of 202 blogs
worthy of mention because his blog is particularly worthy of including in our blogrolls.
It's a real Sunday browse fest for you.