An Excellent Pub, An Average Club and a Druggy From Manchester. By Allen Miles
When I dropped round to the thisisull.com headquarters last week,
A friend suggested that I should go down to the Silhouette club in Park Street on Saturday night, to see the
infamous ex-Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman Shaun Ryder DJ at the Tube indie night. A fine idea.
Mo was then kind enough to ring forward on my behalf to book me two tickets. An interesting night was in store for me and my 4 companions.
We commenced our evening's festivities at the Linnet and Lark down Princes Ave. Without a shadow of a doubt the best public house in Hull.
The DJ on a Saturday night is absolutely superb and brings a massive range of tunes with him, you can request almost any kind of music and he will play it. We asked for The Smiths, The Specials, The Teardrop Explodes, Bob Dylan and many others. He played them all along with Bob Marley, David Bowie, Nirvana and dozens more.
The crowd are usually friendly and the ale is spot-on. Linnet has somehow acquired a reputation for being a rough place but I don't know where this came from as the people there are generally just out for the excellent music and they are not after causing trouble. The best thing about Linnet in my opinion is that it hasn't become all yuppyfied like everywhere else down Princes Ave.
It retained a local atmosphere and that is becoming increasingly difficult to find these days. If it was open till 2 we've stayed in there all night.
We remained planted here until the bar shut, and then walked the short distance to Silhouette. On the home stretch I reached into my pocket for my thisishull ID. I then placed on the entrance booth and said exactly the following:
"Y'alright mate, I'm here to do a write-up for this website I work for (hand over card), I'm told that someone has rung up about complimentary tickets."
The "gentleman" in the booth scrutinized my card for about 90 seconds during which time a particularly malicious smile spread across his face. His reply:
"I don't know nowt about it mate, Get your £6 quid out." This razor-sharp, almost Ocsar Wilde-esque quip brought sniggers of laughter from the bouncers. One of them then reached forward and said: "Actually, give it here let me see it." This obviously sensitive and intelligent chap then looked at my card, winked at his colleague and then screwed it up and threw it over his shoulder. Obviously a comedy statement of such genius had his colleagues in peals of fatuous laughter.
An Excellent Pub, An Average Club and a Druggy From Manchester continued By Allen Miles
At first I felt extremely angry at being treated in such a way but that turned to sympathy when it dawned on me that this man was probably never hugged by his parents as a child, has no qualifications and was unspeakably ugly.
Indeed he has probably taken a job as a bouncer so he can wield some sort of perverse authority over people who are more intelligent and better looking than him to in some way make up for his countless failures as a man and as a member of the human race. What an utter tosser. With a shrug of the shoulders, and no longer acknowledging this is thoroughly unpleasant personage existed, I paid my money, as did my also somewhat ruffled friends, and walked through the doors.
We had arrived at 11:30pm, which is a fairly late time to get to a night club, so we expected that the special guest would have been well into his set by now. We were however mistaken as the notoriously hedonistic singer was nowhere to be seen. Ordering drinks, we then asked the barman of Ryder's whereabouts.
We were told he was in a private room upstairs and he'd been down to ask for places to score three times. Great. My order of two double vodka and cokes came to £7.20 which I thought was rather pricey as it wasn't great vodka and also due to the fact that I am used to paying £2.80 for the same round in Spiders.
Luckily though my good friend Dave was on hand to see me right for a few more over the course of the night.
For those of you who have never been, silhouette is quite a small club which is centered by it's massive dance floor, surrounding this is a concourse which forms the rest of the main room of the club.
It's not an ideal layout as when there's nobody dancing it gets very congested everywhere else. Hats off for the music though, as it was pretty much a continuation of what had been playing at Linnet.
In fact, it was exactly the same as what had been playing at Linnet as when I looked up at the decks I noticed our DJ friend had somehow beaten us to the club to spin at silhouette for the remainder of the evening. At around half-past twelve the music stopped and an overweight, rather unkempt figure had appeared in the DJ booth.
Introduced as "The Legendary Shaun William Ryder," he took the mic and the crowd cheered. He then proceeded to play a song which he intro'd thusly: "Thizunsanowldunofowersitzafugginbanginchoonand….(descend to unintelligible.)" The opening chords of The Happy Mondays' "Kinky Afro" then chimed and the dance floor was heaving.
Ryder decided it would be a good idea to sing over the sound of his own vocal but sadly he was gravely mistaken because he wasn't the best of singers at his peak and now, well, the less said the better. He staggered off stage after playing a roughly 45 minute set which consisted almost entirely of his own songs with him slurring over the top of the mix. I found out yesterday that he got paid £1000 for this shambolic display.
As we left at about quarter to three I was sober enough to realize that I'd had a fairly decent night, no thanks to the special guest star. It is impossible to get a cab down Park Street so we strolled down to Spring Bank for a take away and reflected. If I'm honest the only reason I'd gone to Silhouette was the offer of free entry and a famous DJ and I didn't really get either. I'm still particularly pissed off with the attitude of the door staff and I hope the club manager reads this. Before Saturday night I hadn't been to Silhouette for two years and on the strength of this night, it is going to take a very special guest star to make me go back again.
Music Reviews - still life and Sidewinder play the Welly Club Late Nite Line-up 13th November By Cilla.
A fabulous live band. Honestly, I feel so privileged to have seen these guys right now. They're tight. They're all connected by an invisible thread.
They kind of flow into each other - I guess its what you might call synergie. I've got to say they seem to have it all - even pyrotechnics!
Music Reviews - Stereophonics & Tim Burgess Hull Arena 10/11/2003.
By Nick Quantrill
I'm not quite sure why I was actually at the gig in the first place. I think it was the fact the gig was actually in Hull. With Hull suffering from an acute shortage of larger venues, you kind of get accustomed to either travelling around the country to see bands or catching them at small venues on their way up or sometimes down.
Music Reviews - Tired of hearing the same old songs?
By Mike Richmond.
Hull is a city full of musical talent. Look at a flyer for the Adelphi any day of the week and you'll see three or four bands, the majority of them from the local area, with one thing in common. They are all playing entirely original sets.
As a musician, you face a choice early on, when you learn to play your instrument.
Music Reviews - Pave Perform at the Linnet and Lark
by Nick Quantrill
23rd October 2003
Pave were the latest band to perform on the Thursday evening session in the Linnet and Lark and showed what an exciting development they are in the local music scene. It has been far too many years since a band in the city have actually looked determined to demand that people take notice of them.
Music Reviews - Turismo, Hull Adelphi, 29th September by Albert Dukes.
Being a member of Turismo must make for a busy life; What with running what is easily the best looking and informative website of Hull's bands, giving seemingly endless interviews and press releases to the Hull Daily Mail - they're also the most written about band in the locality, too.
Add to that the fact that they've recently lost a guitarist/vocalist and have introduced a fair bit of new material in their live set
Music Reviews - Pave Perform at the Welly Club
Pave’s performance is polished. Considering the band only formed in March this year, I was staggered to see how much they’d got their act together! Such a tight, professional band. I felt reassured when I took a look at their biographies. That’s when it all fell into place.
I thought it would be hard to report on this. As I watched this band I thought, 'Its going to be impossible to be objective - impossible to stop my personal feelings coming through'. Then I realised that actually that's the whole point - music is all about personal feelings.
Music Reviews - The Fun Loving Criminals My big night out with "The Cuban drug dealer".
What a beautiful warm September evening to travel first class over the Humber bridge to Grimsby to see the wonderful fun loving criminals. As you may have guessed already, I am their Number 1 fan! I also saw them recently at the Hells Angel's Bulldog Bash, where they were superb.