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Bedbug
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Posted - 06/25/2018 :  12:40:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks to Peter Radiatorís stellar review of the Wombats (and Sprite can Back me up on this) I thought it would be interesting to hear about acts youíve seen open for our troupe.

Iíll throw out a few I remember (or sort of remember)

Barkmarket - saw them in 92, kind of depressing act as I remember it. I think it was a duo or trio? No offense to the band intended, but they had no chance with the crowd. The 90s were a lot rougher on peopleís polite sensibilities. But I remember digging them in a heroin nightmare kind of thing. (This review sucks worse than they did. Iím on the subway commuting home and kind of cranky)

Wolfstein (?) - 2013... or was it Wolfgang? Or Wolfshemp? I honestly canít remeber. But he (solo act) was cool. Lots of energy, fun rock n roll, and he said to the crowd, ďI know yíll are here for the Pixies.Ē That was endearing. Plus he hit on my girlfriend during the intermission which is always a nice compliment,

Iíve got more but Iíll stop there for now.

pot
> Teenager of the Year <

United Kingdom
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Posted - 06/25/2018 :  23:52:32  Show Profile  Visit pot's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Well there's the Cud/Teenge Fanclub/BMX Bandits trilogy I was made to stand through before the 3 song main act set by a band called the pixies in 1991.

Then in 2004 I saw Graham Coxon backing them up at Brixton. I'd never heard of them, and this was around the time of Franz Ferdinand so I just assumed it was the name of the band. I didn't realise it was the guitarist from Blur's band, and they were quite good.

Then in 2009 I saw another Scottish band supporting them at the SECC on the Doolittle tour called Sons & Daughters who my mate liked so much he bought the album and made me listen to it. I thought they were kind of average.
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The Maharal
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705 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2018 :  11:45:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
RSAG years ago - basically one man and his drum - who was decent. More recently Bleeding Heart Pigeons supported them at Cork. They were ok, bit too average but one or two songs were decent. Apparently a band called Fews supported them at the Cardiff gig I saw a couple of years ago but I can't remember them for the life of me. Quite possible I just didn't bother showing up in time for them. Same goes for No Ceremony in Dublin... no recollection. Marlay Park Arcade Fire were decent, All Tvvins shite and Ham Sandwich fun without being incredible.
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trobrianders
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Papua New Guinea
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Posted - 06/26/2018 :  15:27:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I saw Pixies open for Throwing Muses.

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peter radiator
= Cult of Ray =

USA
590 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2018 :  15:43:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I saw Pere Ubu open for Pixies, the first time around.

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Edited by - peter radiator on 06/26/2018 15:44:00
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Bedbug
= Cult of Ray =

953 Posts

Posted - 06/28/2018 :  04:58:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saw Rev. Horton Heat open up for Frank.
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picpic
* Dog in the Sand *

Belgium
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Posted - 06/28/2018 :  10:47:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone saw Lovering opening for FB as a magician ? Saw his act at the Magic Castle on Youtube and thought it was quite good.

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peter radiator
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USA
590 Posts

Posted - 06/28/2018 :  13:11:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I saw the Rev. Horton Heat open for FB as well.

Saw Jonny Polonsky and his band, and the Bennies and David Lovering's Mr. Wizard act, too.

Saw FB and the Cult of Ray-era band open for the Ramones!

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Jason Bravo
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USA
38 Posts

Posted - 06/28/2018 :  14:46:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by peter radiator

I saw the Rev. Horton Heat open for FB as well.

Saw Jonny Polonsky and his band, and the Bennies and David Lovering's Mr. Wizard act, too.

Saw FB and the Cult of Ray-era band open for the Ramones!

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Wow! Saw FB open for the Ramones, now that's something that not many can claim. Had to have been incredible. His Cult of Ray Era band I also saw live with Jonny Polonsky opening up at the 9:30 club in D.C. The band was the original Catholics. He was on fire at that show, but the best show I ever saw was the Pistolero tour at the same venue a couple years later.
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oddball
- FB Fan -

Germany
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Posted - 06/28/2018 :  16:10:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In the late 1990s, I saw Reid Paley opening for FB and the Catholics (shortly before Dog in the Sand was released). It's a shame he is no longer making music (to the best of my knowledge). I also saw the now defunct Serafin open for FB and the Catholics on their final European tour. For anyone who hasn't heard their song No Happy, I highly recommend it. Ben Fox Smith is an extremely talented songwriter who has remained under the radar for the large part of his career.
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DruggedBunnyToo
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 07/02/2018 :  12:22:08  Show Profile  Visit DruggedBunnyToo's Homepage  Reply with Quote
/de-lurk after many years (I think)

quote:

Then in 2004 I saw Graham Coxon backing them up at Brixton. I'd never heard of them, and this was around the time of Franz Ferdinand so I just assumed it was the name of the band. I didn't realise it was the guitarist from Blur's band, and they were quite good.

Then in 2009 I saw another Scottish band supporting them at the SECC on the Doolittle tour called Sons & Daughters who my mate liked so much he bought the album and made me listen to it. I thought they were kind of average.
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Wow, I forgot about both Graham Coxon at Brixton (did nothing for me) and Sons & Daughters (literally remember nothing about them), the latter at the official worst venue in the world (SECC in Glasgow).

I was forced to sit (stand) through Kings of Leon at T in the Park 2004 as well, but the following performance of Debaser with maybe 20,000 people going "dur dur dur/dur dur dur/dur dur dur/DUR DUR DUR DURRRRR" to Joey's intro was fucking amazing! Unfortunately it doesn't really come across in the BBC video of the time... :(


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Bedbug
= Cult of Ray =

953 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2018 :  04:01:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I saw them 3 nights in a row back in 15 (first time they ever performed Um Chagga Lagga to my knowledge) and at each show John Grant opened.

This guy is really cool. Check him out. Maybe you heard his song gmf. It was one of the better opening acts Iíve seen. Heís got a good voice and is an interesting lyricist.
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Sam
= Cult of Ray =

Ireland
493 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2018 :  04:24:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Saw Pixies on the bill before Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Dublin, Pixies were on fire even with dodgy sound.

No word of a lie, 20,000 people left the field when Pixies finished their encore. Word is RHCP were dreadful. I cant confirm as bailed after the Pixies encore too!

Saw British Sea Power open before Pixies in Brixton 2004, don't remember anything about them as we were so excited to be seeing the Pixies live for the first time and were not disappointed. Incredible show. Havent heard about BSP for a while.

King Of Leon opened for Pixies in Landowne Road one day also, no comparison. Pixies all the way.

Only band I ever took real notice of warming up for Pxies was Arcade Fire in 2005 Rock En Seine, I had never heard of them. It rained heavy all through the queuing, we got into the beautiful park, the sun came out and Arcade Fire made some majestic sounds.
Bought Funeral on the strength of that show and was not disappointed.
Best warmer upper ever for me.

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The Maharal
= Cult of Ray =

705 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2018 :  11:19:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh wow John Grant's amazing - didn't know he opened for Pixies before. I saw him in a small intimate venue a few years ago and it's possible the best gig I've attended.
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peter radiator
= Cult of Ray =

USA
590 Posts

Posted - 07/04/2018 :  04:43:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I too have seen John Grant open for Pixies, and it was extremely good and unexpected.

I have seen the Thrills open for them as well, and Surfer Blood (who were almost as obnoxiously in love with themselves as The Wombats).

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Stevio10
= Cult of Ray =

United Kingdom
721 Posts

Posted - 07/04/2018 :  07:54:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I imagine it would be quite the gig seeing Pere Ubu open for Pixies, what are your recollections Peter Radiator? Believe there was a London 89 show with those 2 plus Miracle Legion - that would be my dream gig.
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Sam
= Cult of Ray =

Ireland
493 Posts

Posted - 07/04/2018 :  22:40:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by peter radiator

I too have seen John Grant open for Pixies, and it was extremely good and unexpected.

I have seen the Thrills open for them as well, and Surfer Blood (who were almost as obnoxiously in love with themselves as The Wombats).

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"Real music is out there and real people are making it." ~ Webb Wilder



Whatever happened to Corey Ha...Ö.The Thrills

Bright but brief thankfully, that guys voice was a health and safety issue
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