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1214489.  Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:26 am Reply with quote

Repeat the Feat are a thrash metal duo, with a fascination for baked beans and chilli with boiled egg and cabbage on the side. The name came about from a simple typo after a memorable post-gig party in Oswestry Community Centre.

Next on the bill, a big QI hand please for;

Marsupial Aardvark

1216510.  Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:46 pm Reply with quote

Marsupial Aardvark are Osaka's biggest musical export. An all-female thrash three piece ensemble who write their own songs in Swedish, in a kind of reverse tribute to ABBA. Infamously, bassist Mariko Tashikari gave birth on stage in Samarkand without missing a beat. Breast feeding the infant and eating the placenta proved more difficult, however. She left the stage in tears.
They are rumoured to have made a brief on-stage appearance in Quentin Tarantino's next film, tentatively entitled Guantanamo Gravy.

On their latest tour of Hispaniola they were supported by Henning's Groovy Minestrone

1219491.  Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:07 am Reply with quote

Henning's Groovy Minestrone are a Danish four piece that had a string of Top 20 hits in Northern and Central Europe during the 1970s with Mediterranean holiday themed songs in the vein of Eviva Espaņa, recording most of their singles in Danish, Dutch, English, and German to cover as many potential markets as possible.

While they have not recorded new material since the 1980s, they still make a decent enough living touring resorts in the Canary Isles and the Caribbean playing to their now retired fans of old.

And now... Ladies and gentlemen... Live and in colour... Precambrian Main Line!



1219648.  Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:12 am Reply with quote

Precambrian Main Line named themselves after the well, 'main' train line into Cambria in California, thinking that adding the prefix 'pre' would mean they were before the main line....but it all backfired somewhere along the way.

After all this kerfuffle, they are a two person act consisting of a singer/guitarist and bucket drummer who can't afford the real drumkit.

And now, clear the way for....Ocean wide efficiency

Spoilt Victorian
1219677.  Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:42 am Reply with quote

Ocean wide efficiency
Early Krautrock band who couldn't afford to pay a drummer, so made their music to the sound of a Volkswagen Beetle overheating.

Touring their last (only) album, Wide Wide is the Ocean, they forgot how 'deep, deep' the sea was and drowned in an attempt to prove that barnacles reproduced when listening to music.

Please put your hands together for... Mandy's Sandwich Shop

1219682.  Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:55 am Reply with quote

Mandy's Sandwich Shop are a trio from Hemel Hempstead who have found some limited fame on YouTube as a Bananarama tribute act. Particularly their version of Love in the First Degree is somewhat marred by the fact that their voices most closely resemble The Dubliners'.

Ladies and gentlemen! Would you please welcome... Idawhore!



1219773.  Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:14 pm Reply with quote

Idawhore are a three-piece tribute band, dedicated to the brothers Gershwin, who kept the name that came about as a result of a dyslexic person printing the posters for their first gigs.
.Summertime performed on ukulele, glockenspiel and harmonica has to be experienced live.

And now fresh from a tour of German icerinks, please welcome
Guardian-readers Anonymous

1219848.  Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:39 pm Reply with quote

Guardian-readers anonymous appear on stage in disguises because as their name suggests, they do not wish to be named individually or identified.
Therefore booking gigs is a slight nightmare for their agent who has had to sign top secret documents.

After this secret encounter, please welcome:
Cable papers

Big Martin
1219868.  Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:19 am Reply with quote

Cable papers were a short lived left-wing protest group convinced that Vince Cable had questions to answer. On him losing his seat in the 2015 election, they rather lost their raison d'etre and, it is rumoured, the members are looking for another "target" so they can make a comeback.

And now audience, Rogue Stars.

Spoilt Victorian
1219893.  Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:39 am Reply with quote

Rogue Stars were formerly known as 'Beetle Juice and the Super Novas' , but because of industry contracts they had to change their name.
As would be expected from an exploding star, there is a great deal of heavy metal.
....and poodle perms.

Please make some noise for... Lampshade Wombat Excretia

1221273.  Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:04 am Reply with quote

Lampshade Wombat Excretia formed out of the wreckage of three bands -- The Lampshade Collective, The Supine Wombats, and How do you spell 'Excreta'?. All three prog-rock/experimental combos had split in late 1998. But several members got together to make up LWE early in 1999. To everyone's surprise, they started producing gentle, melodic pop tunes with wistful lyrics, somewhat reminiscient of early Syd Barrett, but with fewer elves and fairies.
4 albums and incessant touring of universities and small halls has allowed them to build up a faithful following over the years.
No-one in the music business has a bad word to say about any of them, apparently.

And next, please put your hands together, and then your fingers in your ears for The Statins Islanders

Spud McLaren
1223055.  Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:56 pm Reply with quote

The Statins Islanders are a six-piece non-guitar band from Connecticut. Their choice of instruments is limited to those that can comfortably be played from a wheelchair, since no member of the band is able to walk more than 20 paces or even to stand for periods of longer than five minutes due to their dietary and tobacco lifestyle. Their greatest hit is Ferry Across Upper New York Bay, an eight-minute epic that casts accepted song structure, not to say scansion, to the wind.

And now make some noise (since they can't always make their own) for Alternative Facts!

1223092.  Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:03 am Reply with quote

Alternative Facts

Tribute-ish band to the new POTUS' idiosyncratic way of talking. They extract the most irrational parts of his speeches (ergo most of them) to write their piss-take songs. Understandably, their output is prolific to say the least. The repetitive, staccato, delivery of the lyrics fits very well their strongly reggae-influenced music. Already very successful at the time of writing, certainly helped by their Trumpish hand movements that their adoring fans copy enthusiastically, their latest cover of the "I'll be up Mount Rushmore. It's true."-speech has already had a record number of hits on YouTube. No doubt they will last as long as he remains in the saddle.

And, without further ado, please welcome The Waterboarders!

1223945.  Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:57 pm Reply with quote

The Waterboarders were an early-60s doo-wop group from California, contemporaneous with the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. They actually could surf. The name, of course, did not have any sinister connotations back then, but was simply a celebration of their love of watersports.
Lead singer and main creative force Hiram Q Goldfarb died of skin cancer in 1968 after a life of sunbathing and seaside jollity, aged, unsurprisingly, 27.

Next for your auditory pleasure, we present A rose by any other name

Big Martin
1223955.  Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:54 am Reply with quote

A Rose By Any Other Name were a female acapella group open to any singer not called Rose. They gave up after a long dispute with the Rosemary Protection Society involving hate mail and noisy protests outside gigs.

So, next on the bill are Rebecca Laughs.


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