Yes We’re Going to a Party Party
About 18 months ago, Johnny Rock and I played three songs as a part of a collective Suede cover band called The Persueders. We’d all but forgotten about it until Amy started making plans for her housemate’s 30th birthday. She was planning a British themed house party for Will the ex-pat, and was brainstorming ideas. I think I blurted out, “Oh, what if Johnny and I reformed The Persueders?” and before I knew it (certainly before Johnny did), Amy had booked us in to make some noise.
Photo by the impeccably dressed Rolling Stones fan, Kasia. I came dressed as Patsy from ‘Ab Fab’.
I’ve owned an electric guitar for over ten years now, but I’ve rarely plugged it in and I’ve never owned an appropriate amplifier. This is a bit of an oversight on my behalf really and it’s a result my own self-consciousness about making too much noise. However I don’t believe it’s ever too late to start anything, never wracking as it is, so I blew the dust from my Ibanez Roadstar II and set about practicing. Johnny decided to learn keyboard for the occasion and within about two weeks of commencing lessons, had half of our set down pat.
1. Primal Scream, ‘Moving on Up’
2. Blur, ‘Charmless Man’
3. Oasis, ‘Rock n Roll Star’
4. Supergrass, ‘Pumping on Your Stereo’
5. Arctic Monkeys, ‘I Bet That You Look Good on The Dancefloor’
6. Joy Division, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’
7. The Beatles, ‘Birthday’
8. Pulp, ‘Common People’
Learning ‘I Bet That You Look Good on The Dancefloor’ was a bit of a revelation. As mentioned, I’d rarely plugged my guitar in, and I’d never used an overdrive or distortion pedal before. I had no idea I could make that kind of noise! Neil’s reaction upon hearing me play it was, “That sounded almost like it does on the record!” which is high praise indeed. I also really enjoyed performing ‘Birthday’. I only played percussion on that one, but a band performed it for me on my 21st birthday and it felt great to play it for someone else on their birthday. Will danced throughout the entire set, grinning and singing and grinning some more, which means we were doing something right.
The party was a success. Many happy returns to Will, and many thanks to Amy and Jess for planning such a shindig. Johnny, ever the mate and rock ‘n’ roll enabler, has suggested we keep rehearsing, ready for the next party.