LondonNet Club Night Review
How Does It Feel To Be Loved
9PM- 2 AM, 5UKP, 3UKP members (free membership)
First Friday of the month @ Canterbury Arms
8 Canterbury Crescent, SW9 7QD
Third Friday of the month @ Buffalo Bar
259 Upper Street, N1
Tube: Highbury and Islington
It Feels Great To Be Loved
A tribute to Peel, and finally, a club night for the rest
SOMETIMES it really is just about the music. It is certainly the
case with "How Does it feel to be loved?", anyway. Truly
a welcoming, everyman type of club night, HDIFTBL combines an incredibly
unpretentious, unobtrusive venue far from the more discriminating
West End (a pub in Brixton with carpet, flowered wallpaper and framed
football kits as its main décor) with people who can't dance
and aren't willing to let that stop them, and the night is all the
better for it.
The crowd varies from fortysomethings trying to re-live early 80's
glory, hipsters not quite hip enough for West End clubs, and those
who would fit in with that crowd, but knew this night would be more
fun anyway. By the way, the beer is suitably cheap (some pints even
available for under 2 quid).
The music is as eclectic as the people, focusing on everything
from the Smiths (yes, even their gloomier songs) to the Beach Boys
to old Motown tunes. Although, the DJs aren't as important as the
music, on November 5th, giants provided the music. Long-time Blur,
Smiths, and Morrissey producer Stephen Street was the guest DJ (each
night has a guest DJ), and as a tribute to John Peel, his entire
Festive 50 from 1986 was played. Street played Motown songs that
forced people to dance, lest they seem soulless, and threw in a
bit of soul, reggae, old school punk and Morrissey (a bit of favouritism)
to keep the night's variety intact.
Perhaps not coincidentally Peel's Festive 50 featured 7 Smiths
songs (six in the Top 12), but also showed the scope of Peel's influence
with selections from a who's who of the era from Nick Cave to Billy
Bragg to the Fall to Jesus and Mary Chain and the Cocteau Twins.
Archived selections of Peel's voice from the Festive Fifty broadcast
were played to mammoth roars from the audience.
It seemed a fitting tribute at a club that Peel's everyman character
would have approved of. Seeing an entire crowd of people singing
along to Smiths songs in unison while throwing themselves about
the dance floor may seem strange, but it's only natural for a night
as genuine as this.