#902: 1989, Pixies, Here Comes Your Man

by George_East on June 10, 2014

So last weekend was the Field Day festival in Victoria Park, Hackney – an event partly blamed for the lack of weekend blogging here at allthatsleft, as both me and Jackie South attended.  Indeed even the near-mythical Bobby West turned up, leaving Ray North looking after the shop.

Like last year it was great fun.  This time extended to two days, with the traditional Field Day multiple stage line up on Saturday focusing on new or at least newish artists, and then Sunday showing Hyde Park how you do a one day festival focused on one big band.

Oh and after an unpromising start on Saturday morning, the weather was fabulous too.

Highlights for me were the fantastic Courtney Barnett  (she is going to be indie massive – if you don’t have her album yet, buy it!) on Saturday, a surprisingly impressive and entertaining show from Metronomy headlining the first day, and blowing everything else away that big band, the Pixies on Sunday – reminding everyone who was there, if they needed reminding, that they truly were one of the best and most important bands of the last 30 years.  An honourable mention must also go to Tom Watson’s favourites, Drenge – who I reckon might well be one of my favourite bands if I was 19, and Ghostpoet who I did not know much about before being introduced by sometime commentor on this site, Multiplex..

The Pixies played a tight, well-paced set including everything a fan could want with the exception of Gigantic (the new female bassist replacing the replacement for Kim Deal being confined to backing vocal duties, in respect of which she acquitted herself fantastically).   An hour and 25 minutes of some of the best guitar music of all time in a no noodling about set, to an ecstatically appreciative and (mostly) good natured crowd – what more could you want.

It is true that previously baby-faced guitarist Joey Santiago now looks like a drug dealer from Breaking Bad and Dave Lovering on drums looks like his accountant, but hey, we all got older (Black Francis looks pretty much like he ever did, a little rounder and a little balder maybe and with a few more wrinkles on his face).

One of the greatest moments of a great set was about half way through with the whole crowd singing along to the pop classic that is Here Comes Your Man.  In case you weren’t there, this is a reminder of what you missed…’outside there ‘s a box car waiting….’.

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Fionauk512 June 10, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Looking forward to seeing The Pixies at Worthy Farm, I know there are some of you who decry Glastonbury, but it is a great festival.


Mike Killingworth June 11, 2014 at 6:56 am

I don’t decry Glasto. My daughter’s often pulled pints there. Mind you, since she tells me Dolly Parton’s headlining the main stage this year aet sua 78, maybe decrial is, actually, called for…


Fionauk512 June 11, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Well there is something for everyone. I can just see it, a sunny afternoon and thousands singing Jolene, could be fun. Anyway she ‘ll be close to the cider bus.


Jackie_South June 10, 2014 at 10:53 pm



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