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Gig listing for The International 2 Nov - Dec 1989
Artefact added : 8th June 2007
by cody
Tony/Longfella Says –
The Little Big Band was the one man band - the guy in the hat, who always busked blues covers near the steps in St Anne's Sq by the Royal Exchange. Was he called Rob something? Gray was it? Do I recall an unlikely Factory connection or am I making that up?? Think I saw him play at the Hac once??

I was at the Weddoes gig. David Gedge was originally from Middleton. I stood at his feet on that high stage marvelling at his non-stop mega-fast tuneful thrash. A pre-runner to the Arctic Monkeys lyrically, I'd say. We had a pint in the Lass O Gowrie prior to the gig and walked down to Longsight - the cast of Red Dwarf were in, fresh from a recording session at the BBC next door.
Tony/Longfella Says –
Seeing the Napalm Death gig reminds me of an interesting night a year or two previously when both Thrash Metal and Rap were at break-through points. Maybe around the time of Public Enemy's first album? Pre-Beasties.

Martin Price and a couple of the E-Bloc guys held a one off night at the Boardwalk which played only those two sounds. This was pre - rap/metal crossover. There was maybe a dozen people in the venue, but a few weeks later the place would have been rammed. Not sure if the night was repeated?
Big Block 454 Says –
Little Big Band was (is?) Rob Gray, as you say. He's now married to Melissa Sinden (who sang with the Fruiting Bodies, Operation Guitar Boy and Big Block 454).
Big Block 454 Says –
Another thought about Rob Gray - I think he played harmonica on a fairly recent Durutti Column album, probably the 2001 album "Rebellion".
Tony/Longfella Says –
Yeah, a little voice was saying Durutti Column as the link. (Ever wonder how/why we remember all this stuff!!??) From that prompt, Ive Googled it and yeah, it seems he released three cassette albums on Factory with Vini Reilly and other Factory/local notables providing backup. Ive added him as an artist - this item needs linking please cody/mat.

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cody Says –
Little Big Band (Rob Gray) link added, keep digging into the memory banks, all good stuff!
I agree with Tony on the Wedding Pres being a definite pre-runner to the Arctic Monkeys, great songwriter David Gedge, always a thrill live, never a dry T-shirt in the house after a gig - which much have been a bonus for the merchandise stall.
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