Life of Live gets to one of my top 5 gigs ever. There used to be an annual series of concerts on the south bank called the songs the thing or something like that, one of which featured Edwyn Collins and Roddy Frame.
I went assuming they would do 45 mins each, what happened was so much more special.
They both came on and with guitars and a piano played for 2 hours alternating each other others songs, pulled from 2 of the richest back catalogues going.
It was like seeing 2 brothers play. Roddy was all polish and craft with Edwyn all shambolic and funny. I didn't realise how close they were , they were quite clearly good friends and the chemistry and understanding between the 2 was magical. They were having as good a time as we were. Since Edwyn's illness Roddy has been part of his touring band for a while
Each song seemed to have a story attached or trigger off an anecdote which would usually end with Roddy and the audience in hysterics at something Edwyn had said
It was a relatively small audience in a hall with great acoustics and bizazrely the kind of chairs you find in the expensive rows of the cinema
Unfortunately I've trawled Youtube and a record doesnt seem to exist , however here are 2 of the tracks they performed that night in their record form
It was one of those gigs that it frustrated me that I can no longer remember all the details or that as I went on my own couldnt talk it through with anyone. My wife for some reason wasnt as enthusiastic when I woke her up to tell her all about it