The Rezillos

Destination Venus

The Rezillos - Seaside Summer Special!

Brighton:
2005 has seen a major return to live action for the Rezillos after a relatively quiet time for much of 2003 and 2004. In the early 1980s the Revillos tended to go out for short weekend tours, 3 dates over 3 days, and the 2005 Rezillos have resurrected this concept over the last few months.

I ventured out to two of the recent seaside special gigs, both of which involved the band driving 500 miles from Edinburgh to be there. 21st May saw the band arrive at the Concorde venue in Brighton on FA Cup Final day (more on that later). Located literally a stones throw from the beach on the sea front, the venue reflects the slightly faded Victorian glamour of the town of Brighton itself. It’s a particular favourite of the bands since they played there to a lively and enthusiastic crowd in February 2003.

“Cold Wars” opened the set with the stage drenched in smoke - Fay Fife resplendent in her transparent pvc jacket, Eugene Reynolds in a Womble skin coat, Jo Callis guitar hero and kiltless for a change tonight in his very nifty cavalry style trews, Angel Paterson on drums (as expressionless on stage as ever) and Johnny Terminator playing his bass in his apparently never to be removed leather biker jacket and shades.

“Flying Saucer Attack” was up next with its instantly memorable bass introduction and the crowd by now were really getting into things in the throng stage front.

A debate on the set list ensued with Fay asking “Who could have put this song in after ‘Pressure Cooker’?” Jo’s reaction was a terse “Someone unhappy with the Cup Final result. This song’s called ‘F*** Arsenal’ – sorry about that!”. Mr Callis, being a keen Manchester United fan, was clearly less than happy with Arsenal’s FA Cup win on penalties earlier that day - shame! The band then went into the new song, “Only in your dreams”.

“Mystery Action” saw Eugene whirling Fay behind his back around the stage like a playground roundabout. The new song and live favourite “Number One Boy” was dedicated to Fay’s son Elliott who had joined the band on their trip south. The set closed with a manic version of “I can’t stand my baby”. During the first song of the encore, another new one “Yesterdays Tormentor”, half the PA temporarily packed up but the band carried on regardless like the troopers they are. The audience were exhausted by this time and Jo’s introduction to the next song, with a fully functioning PA this time, reflected this “It’s like the end of the first over at the Oval….clap…clap…clap…this will cheer you up.” The drained crowd dredged up their last bursts of energy to go mental to the live fave, originally performed by Earl Vince and The Valiants (aka Fleetwood Mac), “Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight”. There was still just time for one more song, with Eugene declaring “We’ve come over 500 miles for this………so we want to do another one” and a great night closed with “Destination Venus”.


Bristol:
Bristol Bierkeller proved to be another great venue – a low ceiling and stone walls that meant it was intimate but could have also equaled a poor live sound – fortunately this was not the case and the combination of the venue and another lively audience was the right formula for another very memorable night.

The band set off at a real gallop with “Destination Venus” and flew through the first 5 songs. After this a slight breather was in order and next up was the new song, “Love no More”, a slower ballad sung by Fay. “25 Miles”, the Edwin Starr cover, stomped along later with the band declaring that they’d traveled a lot further than 25 miles to be in Bristol. “No” and “Top of the Pops” saw the crowd bouncing around like Mexican jumping beans with “I Can’t stand my Baby” closing off the set.

At 9.55pm the band were back on stage for the encore with Jo Callis declaring it well past his bedtime and commenting about how he was missing Jonathan Ross – I don’t know..…telly addicts! Eugene meanwhile was handing out tomatoes to the front row of the audience – Rezillos Red Toms. All very bizarre, but very Rezillos like behavior! Once the toms were distributed it was into the new and as yet unreleased song “Pressure Cooker”.

For the second encore Eugene couldn’t get his guitar amp to work so “I Can’t stand my Baby” was performed yet again, but this time with Eugene’s now redundant guitar swung around his back.

Another really terrific performance, one of the very best I’ve seen from the band in the last 3 years. For readers who have not yet seen the band live you simply MUST see them. Opportunities will be a little few and far between for the rest of this year but 2 dates for diaries are their “Wasted” festival appearances at Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall on December 10th and the London Astoria the next day – both gigs are co-headliners with the Dickies – these should be classic nights, so don’t miss them!!


Brighton Concorde Set List – Saturday May 21st 2005

Cold Wars
Flying Saucer Attack
Getting me Down
Good Sculptures
Crash my Car
Bad Guy Reaction
Pressure Cooker
Only in Your Dreams
Mystery Action
Top of the Pops
25 Miles
Number One Boy
Can’t stand my baby
Yesterdays Tormentor
Head Kicked in
Destination Venus


Bristol Bierkeller Setlist – Friday June 3rd 2005

Destination Venus
Flying Saucer Attack
Good Sculptures
Getting me Down
Cold Wars
Love no More
Mystery Action
25 Miles
Only in your Dreams
No
Top of the Pops
Yesterdays Tormentor
Number One Boy
Can’t stand my Baby
Pressure Cook
Bad Guy Reaction
Head Kicked in
Can’t stand my Baby

Martin Percival – tMx 20 – 07/05
Contact: wastebin@trakMARX.com   trakMARX.com - Punk Rock …and Roll