Updated 7th May 2001
In a fit of free enterprise, we recorded last year's gig at the Forum,
and in a further fit of community based good nature, I recorded some
of them to MP3 and put them on the web. Even though the page has changed,
the audio files are still here. Let's face it, it's the only reason
anybody would visit. you never know. if I can find the tape, and if
any of the other tracks on there are worth bothering with, I may even
add a few more !
Me Move On - Live from the Kentish Town Forum
- 14th January 2000 (3.8Mb)
This was the first public airing for this song, and for my money was
the best of the new tracks aired at the show last January. it appeared
to fall out of favour later in the year, resulting in it being absent
from the Scala and the Los Angeles show, but they've been working on
it since then, and it now looks likely to find a place on the new album.
Rest Your Head - Live from the Kentish Town
Forum - 14th January 2000 (4.4Mb)
A rare outing for a classic track from the first album, this track was
appended at this show with an extra verse because, according to Martin,
he was excited !
- Live from the Kentish Town Forum - 14th January
This track appears to be giving the band some trouble. This first version
has a typically anthemic Gene chorus. This later fell out of favour,
and the version they played at the Scala and Los Angeles had an apologetic,
almost downbeat chorus, as if they were trying to turn it into an anti-anthem.
Subsequently they recorded a version for the John Peel show that was
even more low key, with a recurring riff from start to finish. I prefer
this take as it's more typically Gene than the others, whether it sounds
anything like the version they're currently working on remains to be
Is Not My Crime - Live from the Kentish Town
Forum - 14th January 2000 (2.7Mb)
Included here purely because it's another great track from the early
singles that made a rare appearance when it was featured on the setlist
at the Forum.
Said This Was The End ? - Live from Spike
Radio, Los Angeles - May 2000
This track came from an interview that Martin and Steve did for an internet
radio station during their Los Angeles stint, www.spikeradio.com.
They played three tracks, and I managed to get a listenable recording
of this one. When I first heard this song at the Oxford show in 1999,
I thought it was a statement of intent, a fists up response to anybody
who'd written them off. This version, as you'd expect with only the
two of them is a bit more mellow and less aggressive, but it's still
a great song, and I'd love to see it on the new album.
Handed - Soho Live, Radio 1 - January 1997
A blast from the past with one of the rockier numbers from the first
album, that doesn't get played live any more. It's a shame, because
it was always one of the highlights of a Gene concert, and this energetic
reading of it from this Radio 1 concert in 1997 is typical.
I Was Born - Soho Live, Radio 1 - January
Prior to the release of 'Drawn To The Deep End', this ballad had alerady
been featured on a Radio 1 Evening Session. Again, this doesn't get
played very much any more, whether because it's fallen out of favour
or because Steve switches guitars halfway through, i don't know. It's
a lovely song with heartfelt and tender lyric and features, for my money,
THE Steve Mason guitar solo.
Sleeves For The Summer - Live from Northampton
Roadmender - 3rd July 2001 (2.7Mb)
A return to the setlist for some sweet acoustic whimsy from 'Drawn To
The Deep End, obviously back in favour for this 2001 mini tour, and
it's much appreciated too, because whilst this number may on first listen
seem rather slight and meandering, it's actually quite delicate and
touching, and heck, summery.
It Over - Live from Northampton Roadmender
- 3rd July 2001 (4.1Mb)
A new ballad from the recent minitour, this revelas one of Martin's
most downbeat lyrics since 'Drawn To The Deep End', and has musical
accompaniment to match. Superb stuff.