Late Night Stargazing

At work the other day, somebody mentioned that they were trvelling down to Bristol over the weekend to visit their family.

I happened to mention that Bristol has a terrific nightlife scene, and that when I lived in Cardiff I would often make the short journey to go to the odd gig or two.

In particular, I recalled seeing Idlewild doing an acoustic set at the Trinity Centre, a converted church, and then a little while later going to see Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan at the same venue.

To my surprise, the latter two names drew blank looks.

“You know,” I cajoled, “Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age and…erm…Mark Lanegan fame?”

The same stone faces gazed back at me.

“And Isobel Campbell…used to be in Belle & Sebastian….?”

Nothing. Zip. Nada.

“Commonly described as the modern day Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood ….? No….?”

I despaired.

Here. This. Them:

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Honey Child What Can I Do?

The Hazlewood/Sinatra comparison is justified, and one which they embraced; when I saw them in Bristol and sometime later in Cardiff, they did a cover of this H&S classic:

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Sand

More soon.

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5 thoughts on “Late Night Stargazing”

  1. It’s jarring to realise that not everyone shares the same cultural references as you. A few of my co-workers appear to have no real cultural awareness whatsoever. I can’t imagine that a single person I work with will have heard of Nancy, Lee, Isobel or Mark, but it was nevertheless still a shock to discover in conversation that a couple were utterly oblivious to the names Bruce Springsteen and The Beach Boys.

  2. Ah, you can’t beat some Nancy & Lee…
    You have to wonder about the lack of cultural awareness as mentioned by TS too, but have you ever had it happen sort-of the other way around? A little while ago my dear sister was telling me about seeing a certain tribute act. “Don’t know if you know of Dr Feelgood?” she asked, “well, it was a tribute to them.” I so wanted to shout “But, Big Sis, of course I do, I saw the real thing in 1978 when you were still listening to your old Hawkwind albums!”

  3. I have an example of reverse cultural blindness. I am a microbiologist and lecture about food poisoning at University. A number of years ago in one such lecture discussing recent outbreaks of food poisoning, one of the students commented that One Direction had recently suffered from food poisoning. ‘Is that a local restaurant’ I innocently enquired, to great amusement.

  4. That story a good excuse to feature some more Nancy & Lee though.

    I was at a bbq on Saturday night at our neighbours and they had music playing in the background – Stuff like Edison Lighthouse, Mungo Jerry etc (they’re of that era). A “guess the year game” started and I got them all but I was aghast at how many of us were a good 10 years out, so there’s that aspect as well.

    If they’d been playing One Direction however I would have got none right, so yes, we shouldn’t all be quite so surprised/smug – Horses for courses an’ all that.

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