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Thursday, October 20, 2011


The Distractions played at Newcastle University on 17 May 1980 supported by The Members (actually listed as the "Dismembered"). There are some terrifically obscure song intros from Adrian committed to tape here. For example: "This one's about a Mexican who Steve met in a takeaway in Manchester - it's called Wonder Girl...  This is our new single. It's a song about the effect of plastic, glue and ice on the environment - it's an early ecology song.  It's called Boys Cry."  The encore is Sick And Tired, followed by a raucous version of the Velvet's Waiting For My Man and the impressive PA finishes by playing out with the new single, Boys Cry.  The set list reads as follows:

1.  It Doesn't Bother Me
2.  Something For The Weekend
3.  Something New
4.  Wonder Girl
5.  Boys Cry
6.  (Stuck In A) Fantasy
7.  Leave You To Dream
8.  Still It Doesn't Ring
9.  Time Goes By So Slow
10.  What's The Use
11.  Louise
12.  [Untitled]
13.  Waiting For Lorraine
- - - - -
14.  Sick And Tired
15.  Waiting For The Man

Song number three here is Something New, an unreleased track that will be new to those fans who didn't  get the chance to catch The Distractions live. It may appear next year in some form though...


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