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Portland Arms - Friday 18th November, 2005
Setlist

Patricia Vonne + Colonel Bastard + Badwell Ash, £5 - Green Mind presents.

So, our second gig at the Portland in the space of a week, and the contrast between this and the last one couldn't have been more.....contrasting. A full house, a brightly lit stage and a great opening all contributed to one of our most enthusiastic shows yet. The risk of dropping Peter Sissons so early in the set really seemed to pay off, and got the crowd singing and dancing right from the get-go. We had originally planned for the middle of the set to be a much quiter affair, but after a lilting ...Afraid Of The Dark the crowd was given the option of hearing "either a slow quiet one about spiders, or a fast loud one about sex". Needless to say the assembled masses opted for the latter, and a ramshackle rendition of Surf The Sex Net was soon forthcoming. The end of the set was also significantly re-jigged, dropping the familiar and ragged Cup Of Tea/Whitley Grange ending in favour of some of our more poppy numbers. This again seemd to work quite well, and is definitely something we'll be trying out more in future.

Photos by Sarah:

1. Listed Building
2. Boring Gordon
3. Peter Sissons
4. Are You Still Afraid Of The Dark?
5. Surf The Sexxx.Net
6. Bubblegum Bears
7. Jack Jackanory
8. There & Back

Portland Arms - Tuesday 8th November, 2005
Setlist

James Chadwick + Jorane + Badwell Ash + Colonel Bastard Unplugged

Our first ever acoustic gig was performed at short notice as a three piece. Faced with the two options of a) doing a weak version of a full band set, or b) becoming yokel folk troubadours, we quite obviously went for the latter option, giving Chris a chance to reveal his percussion skills to an awe-struck Cambridge audience. Numbering approximately six, the audience were indeed captivated, as Chris pulled out penny whistle after tambourine after spoons, in a tense stand off between one man and his bag. Playing the patented £15 acoustic, Martin and Ben did their best to present the Greatest Hits of Colonel Bastard as heard by MTV Unplugged, rattling through a cute Little Red Spiders and a rawking Hollyoaks, before switching to the White staple You're A Secretary. After cleverly enhancing the ramshackle vibe with comedy banter, Marya was given its world premiere and only went slightly tits up. Bubblegum Bears was more proficient, and Jack Jackanory was an entertaining finale. As a first attempt at folk wunderbar, this was great fun for us, and we will definitely return to the unplugged arena.

Best of all, the rest of the line up was genuinely superb. Badwell Ash were both moving and proficient, whilst Jorane is one of the most amazing artists ever to grace a Cambridge stage. James Chadwick rounded the evening off with an excellent folk set, wowing the assembled brethren with his uncanny virtuosity. 10/10 !

Photos by Sarah and Duncan:

1. Little Red Spiders
2. The Day I Met The Bloke From Hollyoaks
3. You're A Secretary
4. Boring Gordon
5. Marya
6. Bubblegum Bears
7. Jack Jackanory

The Academy Bar @ APU Student's Union - Thursday 27th October, 2005
Setlist

Architecture In Helsinki + Colonel Bastard + The Resistance

After one false start, we finally got to play in the new APU venue - technically our largest gig yet in terms of capacity. With the venue half full, we took to the stage and stared at the distant crowd through the smoke. Company was tense and taught, followed by a thorough and well-received Bubblegum Bears. As Boring Gordon led into the classic Garnett one-two, the real cheers started to build, culminating in a superb reception for Cup of Tea. Sissons led on to the predictable Whitley Grange freak out, and we seemed to win the crowd over.

1. Company
2. Bubblegum Bears
3. Boring Gordon
4. The Day I Met The Bloke From Hollyoaks
5. Funny How You Say
6. Cup Of Tea
7. Peter Sissons
8. Whitley Grange

The Quad Bar @ London School of Economics SU - Tuesday 18th October, 2005
Setlist

Unit + Colonel Bastard

So, our first gig in London, where the streets are paved with stone. Due to a lack of promotion, and subsequent lack of punters, a surreal evening of merriment and jollity was presented to none but the Colonel Bastard faithful and the sound engineer. Nevermind - we had a superb dry run of a corking set on a large stage, pulling out old classics such as Settle Down and Peter Sissons, alongside recent favourites like Funny How You Say and There & Back. Inhibitions were shed faster than dignity, as the band roared through a ferocious Zebra Man before a career best performance of Jack Jackanory. Best of all, the lighting made us look like the Floyd at a UFO happening, and we sold an album on the train on the way home.

Photos by Sarah and Duncan:

1. Company
2. Bubblegum Bears
3. Boring Gordon
4. The Day I Met The Bloke From Hollyoaks
5. Funny How You Say
6. Surf The Sexxx.Net
7. Zebra Man
8. Jack Jackanory
9. Cup Of Tea
10. Peter Sissons
11. Settle Down
12. There & Back
13. Whitley Grange

The Academy Bar @ APU Student's Union - Thursday 6th October, 2005
Setlist

Dogs + The Mono Effect + The Rockets + Colonel Bastard

Colonel Bastard removed from lineup :-(

 

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Man On The Moon - Thursday 15th September, 2005
Setlist

Colonel Bastard + The Furious Sleep + Bomb Factory (Halcyon Days album launch!!)

So on the wettest night of the year, an album was launched, floating airborne above a damp populous. Bomb Factory got things off to a cracking start, playing tense and witty punk with meaning, culminating in their masterpiece God Loves Us But He Hates You. The Furious Sleep were sublime as always, but with the added excitement of new material and a genius interpretation of our very own Boring Gordon, replete with a pub chorus and slow dance. Our own medley of Furious Sleep songs followed directly afterwards, drawing applause and cheers from a sympathetic and amused crowd. Play some fucking medleys!

The album itself was played in its entirety, and was strongly reminiscent of times in the Barley. Many songs had a rare Cambridge outing - You're A Secretary was punchy and direct, whilst Life On The Road rawked. Ben led the crowd in numerous party games and missions, and the audience, drugged with sweets, responded with kindness. As Hollyoaks turned us on to the home straight, we raced towards our familiar finale before collapsing in a shower of party poppers and sweat. This was certainly a great night for us, and, like banshees, we had a wail of a time. Thanking Sarah for manning the merchandise stall, we retired to our new abode and tested the patience of the neighbours with alcoholic renditions of Beatles classics, as well as crowded kitchen singalongs of various Bastard/Sleep classics. Read a review of the night here, photos by Tom Furious:


1. Furious Sleep Medley
2. You're A Secretary
3. Bubblegum Bears
4. Little Red Spiders
5. Are You Still Afraid Of The Dark?
6. Life On The Road
7. The Day I Met The Bloke From Hollyoaks
8. Surf The Sexxx.Net
9. Cup Of Tea
10. Peter Sissons
11. Whitley Grange
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Man On The Moon - Thursday 16th June, 2005
Setlist

The Furious Sleep + Colonel Bastard + Linda's Nephew

Ah, the good old Moon! Home to many a successful Furious Sleep gig in the past, and even a couple from our humble selves. Tonight was no exception and the evening was given an early boost by the unexpected news that almost 40 Austrian summer school students would be arriving to offer their support - a somewhat bizarre and random occurrence but a welcome one nontheless, as it meant that within minutes of kick-off the venue was already far from empty, Yay! Predictably, most of these foreign punters shied away at the back of the room, but a few were coaxed out of the shadows by Linda's Nephew with their lovely keyboard sounds and charismatic frontman. We had planned something of an unusual set for tonight - a combination of old and new songs, featuring many that we hadn't played in a long time (Jack Jackanory and You're A Secretary) as well as a couple of our quieter numbers that don't often get a run-out (Settle Down and ...Afraid Of The Dark?). As such, this was far from the kind of "Best-Of" set that we usually aim for and there were a few worries about whether the risk of playing the more low-key material would pay-off. Well, we needn't have worried, since the always-receptive Moon crowd enjoyed the performance and lifted our hearts as they always do. The Furious Sleep then put in another frenzied and.....well 'furious' performance which at times descended into bouts of glorious cacophony - guitars drums and vocals virtually indistinguishable from each other, resulting in a racket that would leave many an ear ringing the next day. We always enjoy these Sleep/Bastard nights at the Moon - they're always sure to guarantee mucho fun - so much so that we've promised to return the favour when we return in September for the launch of our new album: Halcyon Days (see above for details of this event).

1. Listed Building
2. Jack Jackanory
3. Settle Down
4. Are You Still Afraid Of The Dark?
5. Funny How You Say
6. You're A Secretary
7. Boring Gordon
8. Peter Sissons
9. There & Back

Portland Arms - Monday 30th May, 2005
Setlist

Colonel Bastard + After 4 + Aotea + Forever Falling (a R*E*P*E*A*T presentation)

Our second trip to the Portland, and this time we actually managed to bring all the correct kit AND turn up early. So early in fact, that there was plenty of time to enjoy a scrumptious pub meal, before settling in to enjoy sets from 3 accomplished (and frighteningly young) support acts. These included an impressively spazztastic performance from Aotea, who delighted in leaping about the stage shouting at the tops of their voices, kicking each other's arses and waving maraccas about like there was no tomorrow. Unfortunately for us, due to the nature of the bill (new bands night) many of the bands brought along their own fans, none of whom seemed interested in hanging around for a nice bit of indie guitar pop. Rather than be perturbed by this though, we were spurred on to play as tight a set as we have all year, fuelled by tension and simmering with an underlaying menace rarley seen in the world of the Bastard. This was perfectly suited to the scathing new song and set-opener Listed Building as well as Boring Gordon, which saw Martin spitting out the lyrics in a semi-rage as the rest of us bounced and jerked around him. Those who did hang around were treated to a rare outing for There & Back - the first time we've ever played it to a Cambridge audience, and judging by the reaction, certainly not the last. Cheers to all our friends who did venture out on a Monday night, and special thanks to Sarah for her lovely black-and-white shots:

1. Listed Building
2. Boring Gordon
3. The Day I Met The Bloke From Hollyoaks
4. Funny How You Say
5. Company
6. Cup Of Tea
7. There & Back
8. Whitley Grange

Man On The Moon - Wednesday 13th April, 2005
Setlist

Colonel Bastard + MJ Hibbett & The Validators + Unit

Well, our first self-organised event ran fairly smoothly in the end, despite some early setbacks. Late arrival of the drumkit meant that only Unit had time to soundcheck properly, and even then we were faced with the strange experience of having to turn people away from the door as we weren't ready for them yet! No matter though as both supports played stonking sets (apologies to Unit again for cutting theirs short, and thanks to MJ Hibbett for playing Hey Hey 16K). By the time we went on, the venue was - to our relief - fairly packed, meaning that we had taken enough on the door to at least pay the other bands (whew!). The original plan of playing a 45-minute set had fallen by the wayside throughout the course of the evening, and at least two songs had to be crossed off. Still, there was ample time to slip in a storming version of Boring Gordon, and also brand new song Funny How You Say, complete with the audience clapping along and a brilliantly awkward silence during the extended pause in the middle. The whole set seemed to fly by in a haze of manic drunken energy, particularly the last three tunes which culminated in one of the most splendidly shambolic performances of Whitley Grange ever seen (as is clear from the photos below - there really is nothing more fun than rolling around drunk onstage!). The now traditional post-gig piss up was again well attended, although this time there was plenty of booze for everyone, thanks to a sneaky secret stash of stella. Hooray!

For more views on the evening's entertainment, try here or here.

photos by Barnaby Gray:

1. Company
2. Bubblegum Bears
3. Boring Gordon
4. The Day I Met The Bloke From Hollyoaks
5. Funny How You Say
6. Surf The Sexxx.Net
7. Zebra Man
8. Peter Sissons
9. Cup Of Tea
10. Whitley Grange

The Barley Sheaf - Saturday 26th March, 2005
Setlist

Photos coming soon.....

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1. Settle Down
2. Man In Woods
3. Jack Jackanory
4. You're A Secretary
5. England My Love
6. Life On The Road
7. Are You Still Afraid Of The Dark?

8. Everybody Wants To Be A Football Pundit
9.
I'd Have Been There
10. Company
11. Boring Gordon
12. I Think She Thinks I Fancy Her
13. Better Days
14. There And Back

INTERLUDE

15. Zebra Man
16. Curtains For Me
17.
Little Red Spiders
18. The Day I Met The Bloke From Hollyoaks
19. Losing Touch
20. Funny How You Say
21. Surf The Sexxx.Net
22. Bubblegum Bears
23. She's A Lady
24. Cup Of Tea
25. Wouldn't Wanna Live There
26. Peter Sissons
27. Whitley Grange

Portland Arms - Friday 25th February, 2005
Setlist

Pilots Of Japan + Loophole + Tom Copson + Colonel Bastard
Green Mind 4th Birthday Party

An interesting night this one, not started well by the fact that we managed to bring along all the wrong bits of drum kit (my fault! -Ben). This was soon remedied by a quick trip back to the rehearsal rooms, and then a soundcheck that seemed to pass so swiftly and without hassle that something was bound to go wrong later on. And go wrong it did, as within seconds of starting Company, Russell snapped a string, thus forcing him to soldier on through almost an entire set with a horribly out-of-tune guitar. No matter though, as the mere mention of the title of Hollyoaks is always sure to bring sniggers of delight from an audience, and soon we had fans and doubters alike eating out of the palms of our hands (or rather, nabbing CDs from cardboard boxes). With a nervous start quickly forgotten we ripped through Life On The Road and Zebra Man and really seemed to be hitting our stride........only to be told that the next song would be our last. A decision was made and Whitley Grange was dispatched with ferocious enthusiasm on an unsuspecting crowd, before we were left to enjoy a string of polished and professional performances, and to rue the misfortunes of being the openers on a 4-band bill. Still, much fun was had, and many thanks go to Simon for letting us crash his 4th birthday party. Thanks also to Barney for his sterling work from behind the lens:

1. Company
2. Bubblegum Bears
3. The Day I Met The Bloke From Hollyoaks
4. Surf The Sexxx.Net
5. Life On The Road
6. Zebra Man
7. Whitley Grange

Man On The Moon - Thursday 20th January, 2005
Setlist

The Furious Sleep + Colonel Bastard + Capitol Hill

Wow, what an immensely fun evening this was. Kicking off with Capitol Hill who turned in a nice perky little set, despite suffering some quite severe technical difficulties. We took to the stage and the nerves and feedback problems from the soundcheck seemed to evaporate into nothing as the twin opening salvo of Company and Bubblegum Bears whipped the crowd up into a frenzy (well, maybe not, but they seemed to enjoy it). Changeovers were swift and efficient, and we managed to keep up a high level of energy as the booze flowed freely. Especially surprising was the audience reaction when we mentioned that there were free CDs going (note to self: make more next time). As the last thrashing chords of Whitley Grange died away, all that was left was to enjoy another storming set from The Furious Sleep, and then back to the post gig piss-up at Ben & Duncan's where surprise #2 greeted us: a house full of people (note to self: buy more booze next time). Big thanks go out to Capitol Hill and The Furious Sleep (to whom we are eternally grateful for the opportunity), the friendly staff at the Moon, Barney and Duncan for the photos, and everyone who helped to carry the gear back to our place. Until next time....

1. Company
2. Bubblegum Bears
3. The Day I Met The Bloke From Hollyoaks
4. Losing Touch
5. Surf The Sexxx.Net
6. Zebra Man
7. Cup Of Tea
8. Peter Sissons
9. Whitley Grange

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