Saturday, 5 December 2009
Life of Live - The Dainties
One of the great things about going to poly was in those endless evenings sitting chatting and drinking in people's rooms you'd get to hear loads of new music, some of which anchored you and your friends to a time and a place. The one lp I used to always put on was Boat Bolivia by Martin Stephenson and the Dainties which I'd bought the previous summer. It soon became a firm favourite with people I knew so when a gig appeared we all went on mass. Life of Live may get a tad repetitive as without a doubt at their peak the Dainties were the best live band going and as a result I saw them loads of time over the next 4/5 years.
What do I remember, well apart from the hat ,the between song stories and banter with the audience, the fantastic playing by Martin and the Dunn brothers , just simply singing along from start to finish. As a front man Martin had the audience eating out of his hand. The band gave that appearance of being a bit ramshackle but very tight at the same time as only people who have played together for a long time can. They genuinely seemed to be enjoying to gig as much as the audience as songs would often veer off into new directions with new verses choruses added in.
I've posted 2 early tracks not on the original lp (both versions from 1983) I think Roll on Summertime was the debut single and Trouble Town was later released as a single although a lot more polished than this early version
Trouble Town - The Dainties
Roll on Summertime - The Dainties