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  1. Borough surveyor on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    Just bought my ticket for Bristol in Sept 2023. Quicker than you can say Supercalifragilisticborussiamönchengladbach.

    Had to get in quick before Louise Minchin sniffled them up!

    30 January 2023

  2. BAd loser on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    According to Ticketmaster, Bristol SWX 15 Sept

    30 January 2023

  3. EXXO on The difference between us and all the other bands…Go »

    Thanks for the interest John. It’s my 60th birthday gig so Karl won’t be advertising it, and I haven’t got round to advertising it yet, but it will be more like a gig than a private party – there will be some sort of fund-raising angle for something worthwhile – and yes all are welcome. June 16th Venue TBA shortly.

    29 January 2023

  4. dr desperate on The difference between us and all the other bands…Go »

    (Asking for a friend)
    Exxo posted not long ago about a Band-Its gig in Leeds in June – I couldn’t make it as I’ll be grandson-sitting that week, but a Biscuit buddy was interested and now neither of us can find the post. There’s no mention of gigs that far ahead on the band’s FB page.
    Please could you re-post, @Exxo?

    29 January 2023

  5. dr desperate on Marquee MoonGo »

    The Curse of the First Verse of ITP strikes again. I’d start to worry if I were Michael Ball – he may yet be outlived by Cathy McGowan.

    29 January 2023

  6. dr desperate on Marquee MoonGo »

    Thanks.

    29 January 2023

  7. Chris The Siteowner on Marquee MoonGo »

    In a feat of timing more than worthy of anything on TNLINOST, the excellent ‘Temporary Fandoms’ group on Facebook has this week been doing… Television. Members have been revisiting and discussing the entire discography. Then comes tonight’s news. You couldn’t make it up.

    (By the way, I’d recommend joining that group to anyone here. Their series of reviews of all the HMHB albums were as good as any I’ve read anywhere)

    28 January 2023

  8. Natalie at the back on Even More HMHB in the MediaGo »

    According to Mrs Natalie at the Back on Radio 5 Ellis and John, Ellis played Awkward Sean. I have no idea who they are but girlfriend said that it was fun.

    28 January 2023

  9. dr desperate on Marquee MoonGo »

    Not a TNLINOST, but RIP Tom Verlaine.

    28 January 2023

  10. Gary evans on Electric Ballroom, Camden, London gig – 20 January 2023Go »

    This was a superb gig. Set list was up there with the best. Cracking version of I Fought The Law. Did not see Damian Green but did see Elis James, John Robins and Lou Sanders upstairs. Elis and John had mentioned the gig on 5 Live that afternoon. I said a polite hello and thank you to them for bringing HMHB to the attention of the nation. They also talked about it yesterday on their show. Was well worth the nightmare 6 and a half hour train journey back to Merseyside on Sunday!

    28 January 2023

  11. FERENCVáROS FAN on Your (latest) PBRs…Go »

    Just back from another overnightner, but a completely different set of circs to last Fri. Ex-workmate’s funeral, the 6th in the last 2 years. Got chatting to another of the mourners, John, during the afternoon, who told me he came from the Wirral. Never one to let an opportunity to spread the word pass by, I commented that it was the home of the best band on the planet. When I elaborated, it transpired that, not only is he a fellow-fan, but he also said he and NB had played football in opposing teams during the late 1980s. There followed what was to any casual listener an esoteric chat about tracks (he loves Shit Arm), and favourite lyrics, which meant that ‘is your child hyperactive…?’ got an airing, sotto voce ofc. It made a tough day (Saad was only 59) better, and it also means I’ve got yet another person to look out for at gigs. Thanks, John.

    28 January 2023

  12. JD O'GLOVES on Electric Ballroom, Camden, London gig – 20 January 2023Go »

    So looking forward to Leamington after reading these rave revues! Set list looks awesome, can’t wait!!

    28 January 2023

  13. dr desperate on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    HMHB played that pub in 2000.

    28 January 2023

  14. GORDON BURNS on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    Got my Holmfirth ticket in Friday’s post. I see that Rattus Inheritus are playing in some pub in Doncaster the day after. Yep, that’s on my way home. 😁

    28 January 2023

  15. D list paul ross on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    For various reasons I’m a bit of a Commodore gig-goer but just bought a payday treat ticket for Holmfirth and I’m pretty excited already.

    27 January 2023

  16. EXXO on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    50-minute drive from Prenton. Stages tend to finish 3.50-4.10pm. Plus maybe they have telly in Llangollen. A rider may be ridden about watching the riders.

    27 January 2023

  17. dr desperate on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    Surprised that during the Llangollen squabble fest NB didn’t insist on playing the Monday, which is a rest day on the TdF.
    Listen bach, who d’you think’s going to sell this thing out anyway?

    27 January 2023

  18. dr desperate on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    Now back on ENTS24.

    27 January 2023

  19. dr desperate on Farnborough TownGo »

    Reformed as Farnborough FC after expulsion from the Conference in 2007 due to financial carelessness, which has affected their position several times since.
    Currently mid-table in the National League South; current therapist Peter Morris.

    27 January 2023

  20. injured buzzard on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    Got my ticket for Holmfirth in the post today. Rapid response from Seetickets.com.

    26 January 2023

  21. dr desperate on Australia DayGo »

    Happy Invasion Day.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/jan/26/thousands-attend-invasion-day-rallies-on-australias-national-holiday-as-colonisation-debates-rages

    26 January 2023

  22. nige on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    Not sure if it’s been mentioned, but according to the Humdrum Express email I got, he’s the support at Leamington

    26 January 2023

  23. COFIWCH DRYWERYN on Electric Ballroom, Camden, London gig – 20 January 2023Go »

    Long time between drinks (1999 Harlesden was the last, just before I emigrated off to sunnier climes). Absolutely storming gig made all the better by catching up with some stalwarts in the bar ahead of time.

    26 January 2023

  24. Chris The Siteowner on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    I was waiting for it to be put on the Holmfirth Picturedrome website before I put it on this one, but maybe they’re just very slow. It is on Seetickets.

    26 January 2023

  25. dr desperate on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    I booked mine from See via ENTS24 on Monday, and it arrove by second class post today. I can’t imagine they’ll have sold out already, so perhaps some problem at Gig Cartel’s end.

    26 January 2023

  26. Bad loser on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    Is Holmfirth confirmed? Not listed on Seetickets and Ents24 says ‘unavailable’. Not on the fixture list on this site either.

    26 January 2023

  27. michael on Electric Ballroom, Camden, London gig – 20 January 2023Go »

    @Roger – thank you for yet again shoe-horning a mention of Indignation Meeting in to your review! One of these days we’ll get that coveted support slot… We’ll be at the Welly in Hull in April, perhaps we could just play in the car park after the gig like Beach Buggy used to.

    26 January 2023

  28. EXXO on Should I accept a ride in a tiny craft about your headGo »

    Last time I played there, I over-hit one drive so far I thought it would end up in John.
    So, aiming for the next Roger, I under-hit into the Keith. Tied meself up in Lous trying to get out of there.

    26 January 2023

  29. schoon on The HMHB Friday Quiz (Part 2)Go »

    From first (Norwich) to last. I think it’s the additional pressure of the cup with a poor squad. I have already sacked the data science team so now I will hire a legal team to scrutinise this gig’s results.

    During the London gig I kept telling my daughter that I wasn’t doing well in terms of the league. She seemed really interested.

    @Exxo thanks for your fantastic work in creating and running it.

    26 January 2023

  30. dr desperate on Should I accept a ride in a tiny craft about your headGo »

    Or in Biscuiteer terms, Nigel Martin.

    26 January 2023

  31. D list paul ross on Spare me from the drunken heathenGo »

    With some of the shit I came out with before this site existed (I thought This Leaden Pall mentioned ASDIC), I don’t like to be too confident, but I listened a few times just now and I’m not sure main church could be any clearer.

    25 January 2023

  32. EXXO on Should I accept a ride in a tiny craft about your headGo »

    More like Shaw Bog then – the club that gets the cemetery trade?

    25 January 2023

  33. eric t'viking on Should I accept a ride in a tiny craft about your headGo »

    Uh oh… I could have some indirect responsibility for that there ‘shite’.
    Back in the early ’80s (and just for cash in hand, mind) I drove a tractor and trailer shifting soil around Shaw Hill golf club, for this chap doing some landscaping with a JCB. Couldn’t tell you if it was the back nine, but I recall the tractor (a JD 2130) struggling through the mud…

    25 January 2023

  34. Muptonian on Spare me from the drunken heathenGo »

    It’s probably not ‘main church entrance’. He’d call that part by it’s proper name. I reckon the lyrics are ‘mangered entrance’, because they put mangers in church entrances during the season, and because of how it sounds.

    25 January 2023

  35. dr desperate on Should I accept a ride in a tiny craft about your headGo »

    Ref post 267 above: I was at Shaw Hill yesterday (for a family funeral, not playing g*lf). Gazing idly out of the window, I mentioned to my cousin who lives nearby that I hadn’t seen anybody actually playing on the course all afternoon, and she explained that it was always waterlogged at this time of year. She’s too ladylike to describe the back nine appropriately.

    25 January 2023

  36. BOBBY svarc on SvarcGo »

    As none of our designs got selected by the club we’ve decided to do our own, Buckets (he of WTMG fame) has penned a funny piece for the forthcoming fanzine about honesty flags called ‘Crimewatch’

    25 January 2023

  37. Neville Bourke on Electric Ballroom, Camden, London gig – 20 January 2023Go »

    @IrishNiall – Re The Hitchens (bloody autocorrect!). I’ll see your “both Hitchens” assertion and raise you Hitchen’s Razor!

    24 January 2023

  38. EXXO on The HMHB Friday Quiz (Part 2)Go »

    You make your own luck in this game. Give or take the odd 6 points (given or taken away by the presence on the front row of H-Tattoo). Swings and roundabouts, slings and arrows. With any luck it all evens out over the course of the season.

    24 January 2023

  39. transit full of keith on The HMHB Friday Quiz (Part 2)Go »

    Late season wobble and crash to mid-table has still yet to materialise, thanks to lucky picks of The Clash and Grafting Haddock. I’ll try and rectify that next time.

    24 January 2023

  40. EXXO on AberdeenGo »

    ‘Only Connect’ last night (SPOILER ALERT) featured Aberdeen on what was coincidentally their night of greatest ignominy, and made me realise that it was also first place name in the A-Z (name the next, and the last, without looking).

    Anyway, this is the stirring team talk I wish I could give you all before a 90-minute mosh:

    “I read up that the average man lives to about 77. Forty million minutes in his life. I am asking youse to give your absolute upmost for the next 90. Ninety minutes out of 40 million. That’s all I am asking for. Be prepared to give everything. Look round about ye, look to your brothers, look to your family…’

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/64380935

    24 January 2023

  41. EXXO on SvarcGo »

    Just having a look round for inspiration before submitting a few of my ‘honesty flag’ designs. Thanks for the heads-up about this Mick 😀
    https://www.lcfc.com/news/2912553/fan-designs-welcome-for-lcfc-matchday-flags–submit-yours-now

    24 January 2023

  42. FERENCVáROS FAN on Electric Ballroom, Camden, London gig – 20 January 2023Go »

    Post-gig euphoria has subsided, but still basking in the afterglow. Loved reading all the reviews. Thanks to all for posting. Some really touching comments. Great story from Lou about the ticket, #morethanaband. Final comments ( I think):

    1. Big thanks to my friend Phil for turning up beforehand for the craic. He won’t be reading this, so he’s safe from any embarrassment, but when you’ve got a firm friendship that stretches back well over 50 years, you can’t put a price on it.
    2. Huge shout out to the manager of The Queen’s Head on Acton Road, King’s Cross, for making Phil and I feel like truly honoured guests during the afternoon. Choice of glasses, ushering us to the best seats in the house (close by the fire – it was a flipping cold day), asking if we were CAMRA and then telling us that meant a 10% discount, not laughing when I tried to pay him with my CAMRA card (I ‘ll be dining out on that one for a long time), beer at just over £3 a pint, and handshakes as we left.
    3. To reiterate, I loved the pre-gig company. The more I go, the more people I meet and the more I feel like I’m surrounded by family on such occasions.
    4. I won’t repeat my comments about the gig itself, but will add that I felt there were a couple of particularly good singalong moments, firstly at the beginning, to Mouldy Old Dough, then later on to Twydale’s Lament.
    5. ‘Surging’ had come hot on the heels of two particular favourites, so it marked a perfect hat-trick. Then, at the end of the song, there was a truly ‘it’s a wonderful life’ moment. Thank you for that. I think you will know who you are.

    24 January 2023

  43. gav on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    Aiming to get to at least half the gigs this year, would love to do them all like some of you but work and family commitments (and finances) alas get in the way – did London, tickets for Leamington Spa, Stowmarket, Cambridge and Holmfirth sorted.

    24 January 2023

  44. Hendrix-tattoo on Electric Ballroom, Camden, London gig – 20 January 2023Go »

    Great reviews folks, great reviews.
    Had a great weekend and I must agree with the Doc that was one of the best gigs the boys have played, But I always say that.
    I’d also like to think the inclusion of Sealclubbing was for me, Due to me heckling Nigel about his shirt. Later on I got a finger point during the postman elastic band line in Twydale’s Lament.
    Niall it was great see you and I’m glad you got home safe and sound. My epic coach journey home wasn’t that bad because Jd Meatyard was also on the same coach to Manchester. He was playing a gig in Levenshulme that night.
    Roll on Leamington Spa…

    24 January 2023

  45. Millard rausch on Pre-Gig Chat (2022-2023 gigs)Go »

    London gig review in The Morning Star!

    https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/c/take-biscuit

    24 January 2023

  46. dr desperate on Electric Ballroom, Camden, London gig – 20 January 2023Go »

    Excellent stuff, James! I was once that man down the front crying, after Nigel dedicated a song at The Ritz to my bro who’d recently died.
    On that topic, late condolences to all at TMS (not the cricket one) for the loss of Steve McGiffen who passed away last August, having for years written a cookery column under the splendid pseudonym “Commie Chef”.

    24 January 2023

  47. Irish Niall on Electric Ballroom, Camden, London gig – 20 January 2023Go »

    @Exxo : Don’t get me started about the round numbers. The hits just keep on coming. Coming over and with the chance to play does sound very tempting mind. Let’s keep that idea simmering!

    @Roger : Roger your reviews are always beyond a joy to read. For those who weren’t there and that’s usually me they are a rich, immersive deep dive into an event. For those who were -and this is such an occasion I was lucky enough to be in that number, they put you right back in a moment.

    @James : Similarly well played Sir. I dunno if I was the actual punter seen sobbing during Oblong of Dreams. It would not surprise me to find there was well more than one. My apologies if it created social awkwardness to any in my proximity though in truth I thought I’d gotten away with it and didn’t think anyone had noticed (It actually happened in Castleton as well). It just has that effect on some and likely for different reasons spanning everything from euphoria, sentimentality, fear that this might be “the end” -probably with advanced state of refreshment enhancing all foregoing and following… In my case -my mam died last June. I’m fine with it -at least I thought I was fine with it. She was done with her body or it with her. But that last few months driving her to oncology TVY was the CD in the car most of the time and I suppose it, and specifically Oblong, became intertwined with unfolding events. I know of course Terminus would likely be a far more appropriate song to hang such hooks upon but it is what it is. It’s a tremendous tune.

    @Neville : I enjoyed Hells Angel but honestly I reckon both Hitchens are both full of different shades of shite 😉 Good to see you too and I trust you made it home alright. I left myself with some very fine margins to make the Stansted Express. Forgot to carry a one somewhere in my calculations. Yet I believe I was home in Limerick with a mug of tea in hand before Postman Tony made it home to Manchester.

    24 January 2023

  48. Woodnoggin on Electric Ballroom, Camden, London gig – 20 January 2023Go »

    Great review, James. Nice to see Offbeat get a mention, too, one of my old haunts.

    23 January 2023

  49. EXXO on Even More HMHB in the MediaGo »

    OK, it’s the beginning 10 mins or so only. My heart just sank when I thought I had to trawl through 2hrs 16. Phew.

    23 January 2023

  50. EXXO on Even More HMHB in the MediaGo »

    If anyone who listens to that can be arsed to specify the relevant minutes that would be useful.

    23 January 2023