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Big Sexy Meltdown

By Andrew Stevens.

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To the South Bank’s Purcell Room for Meltdown on Saturday night, which this year was curated by Ray Davies. The lion’s share of punters were across in the festival hall for the Wire/Sonics double bill, but a more select crowd of scuzz aficionados were prepared to grapple with the intense set laid on by Big Sexy Noise, who more than lived up to their billing. Lydia Lunch provided vocals and intensity, James Johnston the windmilled guitars and feedback, Terry Edwards the demented sax and keyboards, Ian White the tight yet heavy drumming, soundtracking misery, money and mendacity. Between songs Lunch provided some less than constructive feedback on the lives and oeuvre of Pete Doherty, Courtney Love and Amy Winehouse as well.

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Afterwards over a pint of red wine, ears still ringing, I caught up with the “scabrous” (according to the Observer) singer in the ridiculously cramped and packed aftershow, who remarked:

I had a great time. As a contrarian I really get off on that type of setting. Especially for Big Sexy Noise. An upscale theatre, the audience forced to squirm in their seats when they’d rather be up on their feet dirty dancing and grinding into the flesh next to them, while I bitch slap them a bit with some tasty cock rock. HOT!…

Setlist:

MAHA KALI CALLING
CROSS THE LINE
ANOTHER MAN (COMING WHILE THE BED IS STILL WARM)
BALLIN THE JACK
YOUR LOVE DON’T PAY MY RENT
DOUGHBOY
CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE
DARK EYES
COLLISION COURSE
GOSPEL SINGER
BABYFACE KILLER
FOREVER ON THE RUN

KILL YOUR SONS

(photos: Kristal Images & Raul Ranz)

First posted: Monday, June 20th, 2011.

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