AND NOW THE END IS NEAR….

This will be the final original post on the blog in 2018. I’m going to take a wee break over Christmas/New Year and so what will appear here over the next couple of weeks are archive postings relating to the date in question.

I thought I’d finish off with a look back to three weeks ago and the Simply Thrilled St. Andrew’s Night Shindig, the one in which we had Aidan Moffat and his sidekick Noj appearing as guest DJs.

The review has been delayed by my going off on holiday almost immediately after the gig and I was concerned that my initial euphoria would have worn off somewhat by the time I got to the keyboard, but that’s not been the case. If anything, it’s a night that I look back on with ever-increasing amounts of happiness and disbelief that it turned out the way it did, and in particular the realisation that I spent time sharing a DJ booth with more than one modern-era hero….

Here’s what I put on Facebook the following morning:-

“Here’s the set list from the sold out, five-hour long Simply Thrilled St Andrew’s Night Shindig which I helped put on last night at The Admiral in Glasgow.

When I say set list, it’s the ones we remembered to write down (it got enjoyably chaotic towards the end)

I think you’ll find there truly was something for everyone…keep scrolling past the indie obscurities that took up the first 2 hours before the party truly got started…

Mouths Full of Blood – Kathryn Joseph
J is for Jamie – Butcher Boy
Trees and Flowers – Strawberry Switchblade
In Recognition – The Proclaimers
Steal The Keys (1996 Tears) – The Just Joans
A Better Ghost – Butcher Boy
Number One Son – Camera Obscura
Gettin’ Dirty – BMX Bandits
Sometimes Always – Jesus & Mary Chain
Coming In From The Cold – The Delgados
Think That It Might – The Wedding Present
You Lost Me At Hello – Tesco Chainstore Massacre
Crawl Babies – The Pastels
Big Rock Candy Mountain – The Motorcycle Boy
The Life and Times of Alex Johnston – Edinburgh School for the Deaf
Seems To Be – Shop Assistants
The Cabbage – Teenage Fanclub
The Day I Was A Horse – The Vaselines
Fotzepolitic – Cocteau Twins
Dark Matter – Siobhan Wilson
Love Is A Momentary Lapse In Self Loathing – Malcolm Middleton
Give Him A Great Big Kiss – The Secret Goldfish
With Handclaps – Y’All Is Fantasy Island
Fast Blood – Frightened Rabbit
Donald in the Bushes With A Bag of Glue – Ballboy
Fall Forever – Honeyblood
Hang Ten – Soup Dragons
Foxheads – Close Lobsters
Lost Weekend – Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
Cath – The Bluebells
Don’t Talk To Me About Love – Altered Images
I Only Want To Be With You – The Tourists
Candyskin – Fire Engines
Darts of Pleasure – Franz Ferdinand
The Shy Retirer – Arab Strap
Rip It Up – Orange Juice
Shampoo Tears – Win
Breaking Point – Bourgie Bourgie
The Rattler – Goodbye Mr Mackenzie
I Travel – Simple Minds
The Honeythief – Hipsway
Radio – Teenage Fanclub
Oblivious – Aztec Camera
A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins
Since Yesterday – Strawberry Switchblade
The Boy With The Arab Strap – Belle and Sebastian
Jailbird – Primal Scream
Heaven or Las Vegas – Cocteau Twins
Obscurity Knocks – Trashcan Sinatras
Old, Old Fashioned – Frightened Rabbit
Happy When It Rains – Jesus & Mary Chain
Blue Boy – Orange Juice
Promised You A Miracle – Simple Minds
Rattlesnakes – Lloyd Cole and The Commotions
Do You Want To? – Franz Ferdinand
Good God – Jock Scot
My Big Kilmarnock Bunnet – Alexander Brothers
Shout – Lulu
Japanese Boy – Aneka
Feels Like I’m In Love – Kelly Marie
Do You Think I’m Sexy? – Rod Stewart
Thorn In My Side – Eurythmics
Somewhere In My Heart – Aztec Camera
Rocks – Primal Scream
Shang-A-Lang – Bay City Rollers
It’s Shite Being Scottish – Trainspotting
Ebeneezer Goode – The Shamen
New Emotion – The Time Frequency
Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads
Donald Where’s Yer Troosers? – Andy Stewart
Into The Valley – The Skids
Party Fears Two – Associates
Smalltown Boy – Bronski Beat
Swastika Eyes – Primal Scream
Eurodisco – Bis
Modern Girl – Sheena Easton
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
500 Miles – The Proclaimers
Don’t Leave Me This Way – Communards
Heart of Glass – Blondie
Sisters are Doing it for Themselves – Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin
It’s Raining Men- The Weather Girls
Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Belinda Carlisle
Loaded – Primal Scream
Everything Flows – Teenage Fanclub
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

One of my FB friends, Steve Fleming, made the observation that there was a Scottish theme running right through all the artists until near the end and wanted to know what had happened. I replied by saying that folk were having fun…it was party central….the dance floor was mobbed…and Aidan Moffat was on the decks and knew exactly what he was doing!!! Robert, one of the founders of the Simply Thrilled concept, was a bit more direct when he added “Moffat got pished is the real answer Steve”

Aidan and Noj took over the decks around 11pm when the rest of us had fulfilled our duties of initially playing the indie-schmindie and getting a few folk onto the dance floor. Their set began with this:-

mp3 : Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To?

If you look at the above set-list you’ll see that they went straight into full on party mode. None of us would have dared play the disco classics alongside some traditional Scottish music for such an extended period…well maybe we would have if we too had filled the floor and kept it that way

I was on door duties at the time and could only look on in admiration at what the dynamic duo were achieving and then the night took on a totally surreal feel for me as I got to welcome, and provide a wristband to, around a dozen people whose names had been given to us as a guest list by Aidan’s – namely all members of The Twilight Sad and their wives/girlfriends/mates – all of whom were coming along to fully join the party which was now very much in full flow.

Before too long, James Graham, lead singer of the Sad, had joined Aidan in the DJ booth, from where he took the lead in some communal singing and/or danced his ass off. The atmosphere was like no other…..and can best be summed up by Robert’s own posting to the Simply Thrilled Facebook Page the following day:-

“The people behind Simply Thrilled have collectively and individually been putting on nights for more years than we care to mention but last night for us was by far and away the best we have ever been part of.

It was a party …

We just want to say a huge thanks to everyone who came along but also to Aidan and Noj who just made its so special. Their set was like a lesson to us on how it should be done and I think it’s safe to say we learned something last night that we will definitely be putting into practice in the future. We should probably also thank the Twilight Sad and especially James who by default turned in another guest DJ (although I don’t think he played a tune .. but he was in the mix).

And we think playing Belinda “Carlisle” was a tenuous act of genius.

We also think our second night being a sell-out is pretty good going so much so we are already starting to plan our next night which is happening in the new year, until then have a great festive period and we will see you soon.”

In terms of the St Andrew’s Night Shindig, I don’t think I can add much to that. In terms of this little corner of t’internet, my thanks, as ever, to everyone who has taken the time to pay a visit over the past 12 months, with a very special appreciation from me to those of you who have taken the time to leave comments, send e-mails or contribute guest postings. I wouldn’t still be keeping things going without your incredible backing and support.

I’ll leave you with one of my favourite songs of 2018, from an album that I’ll be giving a mention to at some point when normal service resumes after Monday 7 January 2019:-

mp3 : Port Sulphur (featuring James Kirk) – Orient Express

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone.

JC

7 thoughts on “AND NOW THE END IS NEAR….

  1. As mentioned before: if only I could have been there! Having read the above makes it even harder for me … next year, perhaps?

    But either way, mate: a very happy Christmas to you and to Mrs V. as well of course! Take GOOD care!

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