|The 'Alien Pubduction' tour
This is the Test Tube Babies and Peter's first trip to America since they socked it to the left coast with the Adicts way back in November 83. Powered by a full rhythm section refit they will be barrelling round the continent with typical abandon. playing anywhere that will give them a promise, a place to crash, and a crate of beer.
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After a little hitch caused by American Airlines mislaying
the guitars the band arrived at the hallowed halls in good time
to miss soundcheck. There was no sign of Sue Blank the
'east-coast co-ordinator' of the tour. They managed to
arrange a crash spot with one of the oven stuffers in
Hilly's basement Pizza Palace and then repaired to the
nearby 'Continental' to compose a set list. Peter was
delighted to discover Woodpecker cider on tap and quaffed
multiple pints with relish. Tour partners The Forgotten had
brought a healthy supply of swag from Pub City Royal and Dr
Strange and Walnut drew the short straw for the early shift in the booth.
It was a 5 band bill so some hours were spent propping up
the CB's bar as bodies begun to wonder what happened to
bedtime. Del stuck with the Heineken while Peter went for
the more exotic Red Stripe. 'I wish we could play now." said Peter. They cheerfully stepped in to
man the merch booth when it came time for Walnut to go help The Forgotten
set up. A morose Scot engaged Del in a long lament about the
state of american victuals while Peter pulled strange faces
at passers-by. Peter thought that he would never 'stoop so
low' as to drink a Budweiser, but Del realistically gave the
bottom line - 'As long as it's wet..". Del has his limits, I
am beginning to see. A languorous blonde appears and outlaments
even the dolorous Scot. Her beef is that the skinheads have forgotten
her, that no-one knows her 'ass'. She exposes lengthy
'Chelsea growings', her skinchick provenance. "Unforgettable"
observes Del, just as The Forgotten hit the stage.
I go outside for a breather. Lounging on a
car hood are a pair of affable rascals - Broken
Bones singer-turned-New-Yorker Nobby and
punk-impresario-turned-trucker Johnny Stiff.
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handing out flyers for an upcoming 'Tribute to Charlie'
show. 'Big' Charlie, somewhat like a tall muscled Al Roker,
was the pillar of stage security back in the days of
original NYHC, and like Raybeez from Warzone a year ago has
lately become 'late'. Old school bands are coming out of the
woodwork for this one.
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We are joined by red-dread Ralphie Boy who used to
do all the NYC 'squat or rot' shows. His 'noise' band
Disassociate have strangely become big in Japan.
Time must have flown. When I got back in The
Forgotten were already history, although I am told
they did get into a memorable rumble with CB crowd
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soon enough the opening chords of 'Keep Britain Untidy' rang out as the Test Tubes took to an american stage for the first
time in 14.75 years
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A raucous encore followed the best heckle of the night - "Yo! What about the double-chin then?"
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I got Del on the the phone
mid-pm UK time, basically to pitch him on Punkcast. His response : "Just as long as JohnB doesn't get hold of it and stick it out on some dodgy video.."
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Alien Pubduction or not, Del avers Peter will never stoop to drinking Budweiser. Clip quality is a bit naff - this being the first time I have tried taping the phone.
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Nigel Hindley posts an updated itinerary from tour organiser Dave Woods.