Mike Atkinson

Alabama 3 – Nottingham Rock City, Thursday November 12.

Posted in gigs, Nottingham Post, Rock City by Mike A on November 16, 2009

Musical trends may come and go, but it’s reassuring to know that there’s always room for a good old-fashioned “punk rock, blues and country techno situationist crypto-Marxist-Leninist electro pop band”. Since their inception in 1996, Alabama 3 have built a reputation as one of the most dependably enjoyable live bands on the circuit. If you only know them from their records, then you’re missing half the story. An Alabama 3 gig is an event: a gathering of the faithful, who have come to worship at the altar of the “First Presleyterian Church of Elvis the Divine”.

The service was led by a pair of renegade preachers: The Very Reverend Dr. D. Wayne Love (hirsute, full-figured, fond of sermons, and possessed of a Southern American drawl that belied his Brixton roots) and his co-vocalist Larry Love (a latter day medallion man, whose raddled, wired, possibly sleep-deprived performance channelled the spirits of Joe Strummer, Ian Dury and Hunter S. Thompson). Their hymn sheets included devotional numbers such as “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash”, “Mao Tse Tung Said”, and the ever-popular “Woke Up This Morning” (best known as the theme tune from The Sopranos).

A lengthy encore included a re-appearance from the support band, followed by an updated version of Country Joe and the Fish’s anti-war protest song, I Feel Like I’m Fixing To Die, its words altered to reference the current situation in Afghanistan.

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  1. beleaguered said, on December 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Oh I do love A3. They were on here in Manchester a couple of weeks ago and all the usual devotees were there, but sadly I was drowning in work and sleeplessness so didn’t attend. I’ve been to most of their Mcr gigs, and there’s been a fair few over the years. I could get all puffed up and proud and say that I know them and have been to several after-parties with them, and my friend went out with one of them… no, two of them… actually maybe it was three… but there are hundreds, no thousands, no more of people all over the UK, Europe and indeed the whole world who can say the same thing. They’re ever so good at making friends.

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