Monday, September 15, 2003

Calvin Johnson
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
[Events of] September 11


“Well hello, my name is Calvin Johnson, thank y’all for being here. I’m just gonna do my thing baby and you do yours.”

And there he was, the main man of 80s pioneers Dub Narcotic and Beat Happening, alone on the stage of a northern social club with only an acoustic guitar for company. He sang songs from his recent solo album ‘What Was Me’ as well as a pared-down version of Dub Narcotic’s ‘Teenage Time Bomb’ and Faron Young’s 1954 classic ‘If You Ain’t Lovin’ You Ain’t Livin’.

In between songs anecdotes were told about vampires, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and the Olympia Studios in Washington, a Q&A session took place and we were all encouraged to whistle along to one song – the Leeds Hyde Park Whistling Improvisational Orchestra was born. After an hour he said goodnight, put his guitar back in its case and strolled off stage. Simple. Sublime.


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