Generator – The Roman Bath, 18/01/08

A bout of the ‘flu laid me low last weekend, so tonight was just the second musical Friday of the year so far. With nothing much appealing at Fibbers, it was off to the Roman Bath again to see the mysterious Generator.

I say mysterious because, despite two of us scouring the internet, we could find no details of who they are. The only thing I can tell you is that I had seen the drummer before – performing with The Travelling Band last year. Other than him, Generator consisted of guitarist, bass, keyboard and female vocalist. There was a rumour doing the round that this was their first gig.

A little more mainframe than our usual fare, they performed an eclectic mix of covers, including (but not limited to) Madonna (Ray of Light), U2 (Vertigo), Maroon 5, The New Radicals (You Get What You Give), Tears for Fears (Everybody Wants to Rule the World), Joss Stone (Super Duper Love), Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Tasmin Archer (Sleeping Satellite).

The set started out workmanlike but gradually, through the evening, it became apparent that the lead singer was relaxing and beginning to enjoy herself and, as time went on the overall performance got better and better, with just one or two blips (they should never have attempted to cover Joss Stone…)

In the end, a quite pleasant evening out.

Bizarre happening of the evening/following morning was the fact that none of us could remember the name of the singer, or his band, currently being immortalised on film after his suicide years ago. We knew his first name – Ian – but couldn’t remember any more details. This morning, while reading a British Science Fiction Association magazine, specifically an article about the soundtrack to the movie The Crow, I found a reference to Ian Curtis of Joy Division – the very person we were trying to remember.


About Ian

Regular gig-goer in York, both to see local and touring bands. Huge music fan, with more CDs than my wife thinks any one person should own. I also collect American comics, read a lot of SF and fantasy and am a season-ticket holder at Leeds United.
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