Boogaloo japes

Last Sunday’s Boogaloo show was immense fun, thank-you everyone who joined us!

Strawberry & Cream opened the show with their unique sound (two double-basses, harmonies, and a ukulele) and splendid matching dresses.  A particular favourite was their tea song.  Every band should have a tea song.  Ironically we didn’t play ours this time as Steve Pretty was away letting his lips heal after sustaining third degree burns trying to play a solo on an actual teapot rather than a comedy musical prop.  Get well soon Steve!

Next up was Chris T-T, connected to the MFMO rock family tree by so many branches now that it seemed a natural choice to ask him along.  I first saw him playing on a bill with Ben Folds and The Divine Comedy at Shepherd’s Bush Empire about ten years ago and have a been a fan ever since, so it was a real treat not only to have him play at our gig but also to collaborate with him.  Chris entrusted two of his songs (including a brand new one) to me to orchestrate.  We ran through the new one, Tunguska, in the pub cellar before the gig, but the other one, Tall Woman, was performed entirely unrehearsed, with all of us including Chris and me hearing it for the first time in front of the audience.  A seat-of-the-pants experience that thankfully turned out lovely, and which I believe was as much a treat for Chris as it was for us.

We did our MFMO set next, mixing some older tunes with new material as the flea era passes and the material from the new album is ushered in.  We played Belly of the Whale and the new disco number Supernatural Aid, and will be premiering more Hero’s Journey material at forthcoming gigs.  Also receiving its first outing was another glimpse of the still-in-progress epic Adventure On The Transcarpathian Express, this time a ska number about a Ghost Train (yes, an obvious nod to the Specials on that one).

Our set:

  • Waltzing
  • In The Evil Castle
  • An Adventure On The Transcarpathian Express – Part 1
  • Supernatural Aid
  • Belly Of The Whale
  • Something Something Something In The Morning
  • Maybe
  • An Adventure On The Transcarpathian Express – Part 8: Ghost Train
  • Do It Right Or Not At All
  • Dudley & His Magic Pants
  • Thank-You For Not Discussing The Outside World
  • Down The Allotment

The evening’s crowning treat was a headline set from Jim Bob, with whom we have collaborated in various ways in the past (including providing strings for a Carter USM gig at Brixton Academy a couple of years ago).  Jim regaled us with some of his idiosyncratic songwriting on solo guitar, and then the MFMO and Chris T-T crammed into the corner to join in five of Jim’s songs writ large, including a brand new song called Breaking News (again with unrehearsed orchestra!).

The evening closed with a gigantic rendition of Jim’s song ‘Touchy Feely’.  Rhodri had apparently promised Ben on drums a pint for every repeat chorus he instigated, leading to this climactic spectacle:

Larks aplenty.

The pub have invited the MFMO to curate a monthly summer residency, so we’ll be back there on June 30th, July 28th, and August 25th, with our own songs and sets from special guests including Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Gary Le Strange, William D Drake, and Martin Carr.  More details on these soon, watch this blog!

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Boogaloo japes

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