As part of housekeeping, here is a very incomplete and savagely unfair (based on jotting them down quickly) list of bands I have been to see that were good. Interestingly, everyone I called to mind in this 20-minute brainstorm I recall as being good (or terrifically good) – all except:

The Who : in spite of this being in the days of Keith Moon, they were terribly disappointing, but then again I’d never been a big fan.
U2 : Before they were famous, supporting the Talking Heads at the Hammersmith Palais. They were appalling. They have improved since, and as a tribute to that improvement, I am listening to them as I type…

Jackie Leven – Squeeze – Rezillos – Talking Heads – Patti Smith – Monochrome Set – Doll by Doll – Van Der Graaf Generator – Genesis (Gabriel era) The Who – Pink Floyd – 10cc – Stackridge – Doctors of Madness – Thomas Dolby – Joy Division – Pink Military Stand Alone – Killing Joke – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – The Cramps – Scarlet’s Well – Eliza Carthy – Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists – Curved Air – Supercharge – Hawkwind – David Byrne – The Divine Comedy – Frank Zappa – The Muffin Men – Depeche Mode – Echo and the Bunnymen – Siouxsie and the Banshees – Paul Simon – The Eagles – Joe Walsh – The Beach Boys – Elton John – The 801 – Fripp and Eno – The Thompson Twins – Gong – Split Enz – Van Morrison – Sparks – The Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Peter Hammill – U2 – Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band –

Over the next few days I will go crazy remembering others…


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