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Marquee
London

19th March 1985
Audience recording

Slightly muffled sound but interesting set list.  'Set Fire To You', which was played occasionally in the early days, 'Johnny Panic', only ever found on this recording. 'Yes Indeedy', a Motor Boys Motor song.

1: Just For Fun 3:40

2: Good And Gone 1:36

3: I Want Up 4:17

4: Vision In Blues 3:43

5: Growing For Gold 4:19

6: Let's Go Down To The Woods 2:50

7: You're Gonna Change 3:15

8: Someone To Talk To 4:16

9: Happy Home 4:10

10: Keep Me From Evil 3:47

11: President Kennedy's Mile 2:48

12: Johnny Panic 2:47

13: Destroyer 3:21

14: Holiday Head 5:58

15: Twin Cadillac Valentine 5:26

16: Wild Blue Yonder 3:02

17: Set Fire To You 3:37

18: Smash The Market 4:01

19: Accident Prone 3:15

20: Yes Indeedy 3:29

Paris Theatre
London

30th March 1985
Live BBC FM radio broadcast

Cassettes of this knocked around Camden Market for years, one such cover at right. Two never released tracks in 'Vision in Blues' and 'Destroyer'.

1: (intro) 0:34

2: Good And Gone 1:32

3: Vision In Blues 3:19

4: Growing For Gold 3:26

5: Tracking The Dog 3:07

6: Let's Go Down To The Woods 2:53

7: Happy Home 3:11

8: Holiday Head 3:59

9: President Kennedy's Mile 2:44

10: Destroyer 2:48

11: Wild Blue Yonder 3:12

Officially released in 2009 on HUX Records as Live at The BBC

The Garage
Nottingham

15th February 1985
Audience recording

A packed to the rafters set list of 19 tracks, and not bad quality given it's taped from the mosh pit.

Another unique track (11), never played before or since.

1: Just For Fun 1:49

2: Good And Gone 1:30

3: I Want Up 3:04

4: Vision In Blues 3:05

5: Growing For Gold 3:15

6: Tracking The Dog 3:28

7: Let's Go Down To The Woods 2:39

8: You're Gonna Change 2:10

9: Someone To Talk To 3:42

10: Happy Home 3:21

11: (Untitled) 3:08

12: President Kennedy's Mile 2:45

13: Destroyer 2:50

14: Holiday Head 4:23

15: Twin Cadillac Valentine 3:23

16: Wild Blue Yonder 2:57

17: Set Fire To You 3:52

18: Accident Prone 4:09

19: Good And Gone 2:04

Onkel Po
Hamburg

26th November 1985
Audience recording on Aiwa walkman

A pretty rough tape, sounding at times as if it's recorded from the inside jacket pocket, but a string of rarities and two doses of  'Good and Gone'.

1: Just For Fun 3.25

2: Good And Gone 1.52

3: Tracking The Dog 4.22

4: Killer Born Man 5.21

5: Someone To Talk To 4.38

6: Growing For Gold 4.39

7: I Want Up 4.15

8: Happy Home 3.48

9: Holiday Head 4.40

10: Twin Cadillac Valentine 4.27

11: President Kennedy's Mile 4.07

12: Talking Doll 2.54

13: Let's Go Down To The Woods 2.45

14: Smash The Market Place 3.21

15: (unknown) 3.20

16: You're Gonna Change 2.27

17: Vision In Blues 3.12

18: I'm Mad Again 3.21

19: Destroyer 3.38

20: Good And Gone 2.20

Markthalle
Hamburg

24th May 1986
Audience recording on
Aiwa walkman

From the same cat who recorded the previous show no doubt. Stand outs are a hummed version of 'Sweet Water Pools' and groovy versions of 'Killer Born Man' and 'I'm Mad Again'.

1: Happy Home 3:48

2: Holiday Head 4:04

3: Tracking The Dog 4:59

4: Growing For Gold 4:09

5: Sweet Water Pools 5:17

6: I Want Up 6:29

7: Good And Gone 2:43

8: Killer Born Man 4:42

9: Someone To Talk To 4:46

10: Clear View 5:33

11: Twin Cadillac Valentine 9:25

12: Talking Doll 3:24

13: I'm Mad Again 6:35

Paradise Club
Boston, USA

6th April 1988

WFNX FM live broadcast

1: Holiday Head 3:32

2: Jesus Chrysler Drives A Dodge 4:32

3: I Want Up 4:56

4: Happy Home 3:14

5: Bikini Red 3:54

6: All Shook Down 4:31

7: You're Gonna Change 4:15

8: I Wanna Be A Flintstone 4:02

9: Twin Cadillac Valentine 7:37

10: (interval)

11: Sweet Water Pools 4:30

12: President Kennedy's Mile 5:14

13: Clear View 4:40

14: Talking Doll 2:45

15: Killer Born Man 4:01

16: Someone To Talk To (outro) 8:35

The band were booked to do two shows at the Paradise Club, and were expecting a relaxing couple of days there. On the way to the gig they were told it was in fact two back-to-back shows the same night. This is the second of the two, and a testament to their gig-fitness and energy.

A great slow, maudlin version of 'President Kennedy's Mile' too.

A copy of this gig exists on YouTube, listen to the entire 1hr 12 minute set HERE

City Gardens
Trenton, NJ, USA

17th April 1988

Audience cassette recording

(Supplied by Dru Myers)

1: Sweet Water Pools

2: Holiday Head

3: Jesus Chrysler Drives A Dodge

4: I Want Up

5: Happy Home

6: Bikini Red

7: All Shook Down

8: You're Gonna Change

9: I Wanna Be A Flintstone

10: Talking Doll

11: Killer Born Man

12: Good And Gone

13: Clear View

14: Someone To Talk To

 

The Mean Fiddler
London

2nd September 1988

Audience recording on Sony Professional Walkman

 

Review

1: You're Gonna Change 4:37

2: Sweet Water Pools 4:07

3: Holiday Head 3:12

4: Jesus Chrysler Drives A Dodge 4:26

5: Bikini Red 4:08

6: Watusi Wedding 4:05

7: I Want Up 5:03

8: All Shook Down 4:46

9: I Wanna Be A Flintstone 4:36

10: President Kennedy's Mile 5:09

11: Tracking The Dog 7:53

12: Good And Gone 2:19

13: Someone To Talk To 4:58

14: Happy Home 4:13

The second of two nights at the Mean Fiddler. My favourite gig of all time. And the very reason I'm doing this website. The guitars sound awesome (at times completely drowning out the vocals) as it was recorded in the mosh pit right under Bill's guitar monitor. But this gives it a mean, over-the-top vibe all of its own. Kicks off with a drunken, swaggering 'You're Gonna Change', then straight into a storming freight train-like "Sweet Water Pools'. The real stand-outs are an early version of 'Watusi Wedding', with truly evil fuzz guitar licks and surreal rantings, and epic, down and dirty versions of 'I Want Up' and 'Tracking The Dog'. The only disappointments were my drunken flatmate yelling "Oh, Yeah!" into the mike all night and the tape failing during an awesome 'Jesus Chrysler'. So good it blew my tape deck all away.

1: Wall Of Shame 5:35

2: Jesus Chrysler Drives A Dodge 3:44

3: Good And Gone 1:47

4: Sweet Water Pools 4:02

5: Mega City One 5:33

6: Four Engines Burning 5:55

7: Gunfight 3:33

8: All Gassed Up 4:24

9: Twin Cadillac Valentine 7:15

10: Accident Prone 5:29

11: Here Comes Lucky 5:22

12: Happy Home 4:01

13:(unknown) 1:53

Town & Country Club
London

4th December 1989

Audience recording on Sony Professional Walkman

A good workout of the 'Totally Religious' tracks, and another rarity in 'Accident Prone' which was never recorded. The closing number is a true mystery, in that Kenny and Bill can't remember even hearing it, never mind playing it. The track slams to a halt half way through as Bill throws his guitar down and storms off stage for some reason, resulting in the only occasion I've come a cross of the Messiahs being booed.

1: Wall Of Shame 5.54

2: Jesus Chrysler Drives A Dodge 4.30

3: Sweet Water Pools 5.39

4: Mega City 1 5.43

5: Four Engines Burning 8.05

6: Gunfight 4.08

7: All Gassed Up 4.09

8: Twin Cadillac Valentine 5.32

9: Happy Home 3.31

10: You’re Gonna Change / Accident Prone 7.40

11: Here Comes Lucky 4.58

12: Martian 3.58

13: Big Big Sky / Good And Gone 8.36

Rote Fabrik
Zürich, Switzerland

7th December 1989

Swiss Radio DRS3 FM broadcast

An unusual gig with a lot of experimentation and long jams. Sounds like the tape is running a little slow in general, but even so eight whole minutes of 'Four Engines', the slowest ever version of 'You're Gonna Change' and a really great 'Accident Prone'' – complete with references to another great lost track, 'Coco The Town' - (see the Sound Desk Sampler bootleg below for details). In parts this sounds... strange, and in others absolutely blinding.

This is the recording that the band released in 2009 as an official bootleg CD for a short time.

Subterania
London

5th June 1990

Audience recording on Sony Professional Walkman

 

Review

1: Sweet Water Pools 3:19

2: Jesus Chrysler Drives A Dodge 2:56

3: Mega City 1 5:16

4: Smash The Market Place 4:18

5: All Gassed Up 4:15

6: Bikini Red 4:11

7: Wall Of Shame 4:59

8: Gunfight 3:37

9: Twin Cadillac Valentine 5:13

10: Accident Prone 1:49

11: Happy Home 4:09

12: You're Gonna Change 4:13

13: Clear View - version 4:33

14: Watusi Wedding 3:48

15: Here Comes Lucky 4:57

16: I Wanna Be A Flintstone 3:38

The Screaming Blue Messiahs' last ever gig. Though the band had already split at the end of '89 they were contractually obliged to do these two nights at Subterania (4th and 5th of June). Another outing for 'Accident Prone' and another mystery song. Again Kenny can't identify this and suggests it may be something new Bill was trying out. A heavy, lumbering dirge that sounds reminiscent of a slowed down version of 'Clear View'.

Sound Desk Sampler

Kenny once sent me a CD of rare live and studio tracks. The live ones were courtesy of their old sound man who taped practically every show he did for them.

The two studio demo's are from sessions in Miami for the ill-fated first version of 'Totally Religious', before the band returned to Alaska Studios in London to re-write and re-record the whole record.

1: Sweet Water Pools 5:09 (Live, Australia 1986. Mixing desk.)

2: Killer Born Man 4:24 (Live, Australia 1986. Mixing desk.)

3: Accident Prone 5:20 (Live, Australia 1986. Mixing desk.)

4: Let's Go Down To The Woods 2:38 (Live, Australia 1986. Mixing desk.)

5: Coco The Town / I Want Up 9:05 (Live, Tampa, Florida, 1989. Mixing desk.)

6: Mega City One 5:30 (Live,Town & Country Club, 4th Dec 1989. Mixing desk.)

7: Gunfight 3:24 (Live,Town & Country Club, 4th Dec 1989. Mixing desk.)

8: Valerie - studio demo 1:59 (Miami studio demo,1989 / 90)

9: Satellite Beach - studio demo 3:31 (Miami studio demo,1989 / 90)

Marquee
London

31st October 1985

Audience recording

Pretty good quality and a rare live rendition of 'Talking Doll'.

1: Just For Fun 4:19

2: Good and Gone 1:53

3: Tracking The Dog 5:10

4: Killer Born Man 6:04

5: Growing For Gold 4:29

6: Someone To Talk To 4:57

7: Happy Home 4:58

8: Holiday Head 4:26

9: Twin Cadillac Valentine 4:52

10: Let's Go Down To The Woods 3:12

11: I Want Up 5:15

12: Talking Doll 3:05

13: Vision In Blues 4:34

Leicester University

7th February 1988

Audience recording

Good packed set and some good extended numbers, plus another encore which was not typical.

1: Sweet Water Pools 4:56

2: Holiday Head 2:53

3: Someone To Talk To 5:43

4: Happy Home 3:39

5: Clear View 3:34

6: I Want Up 5:33

7: Jesus Chrysler Drives A Dodge 5:33

8: I Wanna Be A Flintstone 4:49

9: Bikini Red 5:08

10: Tracking The Dog 6:27

11: Talking Doll 2:34

12: You're Gonna Change 6:18

13: All Shook Down 3:26

14: Twin Cadillac Valentine 4:44

15: Good And Gone 1:57

16: President Kennedy's Mile 5:08

17: Sweet Water Pools (encore) 4:58

Leiden, Holland

October 1985

Details supplied say audience recording, but it is a very good quality one.

If it wasn't for some audience chatter you might think it was a mixing desk job.

1: Killer Born Man 4:31

2: Someone To Talk To 4:47

3: Happy Home 3:14

4: Holiday Head 4:14

5: I Want Up 4:58

6: Twin Cadillac Valentine 4:38

7: President Kennedy's Mile 5:08

8: Talking Doll 3:08

9: Smash The Market Place 3:57

10: Growing For Gold 4:02

11: Keep Me From Evil 3:14

12: Vision In Blues 4:25

13: You're Gonna Change 2:30

14: Let's Go Down To The Woods 2:44

15: Destroyer 3:07

16: I'm Mad Again 4:04

17: Good And Gone 1:52

18: Happy Home (encore) 3:59

19: Accident Prone 4:26

BBC Radio 6
6 Music Live Hour

Live at unspecified London venue 1988. BBC recording.

Broadcast 8th September 2010, 4am

1: Tracking The Dog 6:44

2: I Want Up 6:36

3: Smash The Market Place 5:27

4: Sweet Water Pools 4:54

5: Bikini Red 5:29

Not many details and no introduction so I have no idea where this was recorded.

However, brilliant sound quality and great set list.

The Leadmill, Sheffield

3rd March 1985

Audience recording.
Thanks to Nick Canute
for supplying

1: You're Gonna Change / Someone To Talk To  5:57

2: Happy Home  3:24

3: Keep Me from Evil  2:53

4: Talking Doll  3:05

5: Destroyer  3:05

6: Holiday Head  4:16

7: Twin Cadillac Valentine  4:18

8: Wild Blue Yonder  2:41

9: Set Fire To You  3:07

10: Accident Prone  4:02

11: Good & Gone  1:41

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