Brian Mathews' passion for talking over session intros right up the vocals either ruins or adds to the charm of the Traffic Jam's quite phenomenal I Don't Want You. Months later they would evolve into The Status Quo, a session version of whose Pictures of Matchstick Men is also featured.
clever, funny and downright bonkers
Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car sets the tone, which is a good thing because its the first track on the album
This is just the sound of a band having fun and it's totally infectious.
it entertains almost as much as it scares the shit out of you
some of the most beautiful tunes he's ever written
Loves are lost, drugs are bought and people die left right and centre. Great stuff.
I still get the impression that Hawley would be more comfortable in a Working Men's Club than a rock and roll venue, and that's no bad thing.
More Tom Tom Club than Scissor Sisters
If you're a fan of Interpol, or The Killers, you'll probably find a lot here to keep you interested.
Rather like Bedknobs and Broomsticks, but without the fish playing saxophones.
Alex White's spot of bother with the mic late on was somehow in keeping with the rock n roll nature of the set. At least it allowed Tom to do his Madchester Ian Brown monkey-man impression.
Haldern Festival 2-4/08/07