Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Music: Keep or Cull No.9: Arrested Development - 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... (1992)

I love it when I get to see bands who I never thought I’d ever see: over the last few years I’ve seen Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine and the Stone Roses, and in 2004 I managed to see Arrested Development at the Wardrobe in Leeds. This might not seem like a big deal, they’re probably not a group that people would think of as “must see”, but for me they were.

Arrested Development were probably one of the first groups whose album I made an effort to buy, rather than just tape the singles off the Top 40. I was 10 years old, and had a meagre record collection at that point: Guns and Roses’ Use Your Illusion I & II; Nirvana’s Nevermind; and some generic compilation tapes that relatives had bought me for Christmas with titles like Dance ’91 and the Best Dance Album in the World Ever... Part 2.

When I saw Arrested Development live in 2004, I admittedly made a bit of a tit of myself and managed to get incredibly drunk. I enjoy a good drink, but I’ve never enjoyed being drunk, and have never set out to “get hammered”. I’m not sure how it happened, or even recall what I’d been drinking, but by the time the band came on stage I was feeling pretty messed up. At one point during the show I was sitting on a stool and leaning with my head down on a rail. I managed to throw up on the shoes of a minor celebrity, Ben Freeman, who was apparently in Emmerdale. My girlfriend (now my wife) took me home in a drunken stupor, as I apologise profusely and told her how much I loved her in the way that only a drunkard can. ...

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