Well, I take back what I said about Stuart Staples of Tindersticks – he actually is quite cool. He now has a short haircut and a more swaggering, self-assured on-stage persona. The show was enjoyable – although it was sold out, the venue was full, but not completely packed. The band are very good at what they do – they perform very tightly and look pretty cool as well. I still think that their songs have gone too far down the ‘simple’ route, and their earlier stuff (e.g. my favorite ‘Her’, which they played in their first encore) makes for much more interesting pop music. Ignoring an enthusastic crowd’s requests, they didn’t play ‘My sister’, or ‘tiny tears’, but stuck with a blend more recent material, with most songs coming from the last three albums. I could help but feel sorry for the guitarist and the bassist, who had to play their repetitive parts for what seemed like an age while the vioinist, Dickon, and Stuart had all the fun.
I just bought (used) the Gainsbourg ‘great jewish music’ tribute CD. It’s actually much more accessible than I had expected it to be.