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The Priscillas
Thee Spivs

The Lexington, London
Saturday September 22 2012




It's going to be a bit glam, a bit garage, but entirely rock 'n' roll up the Lexy tonight, I reckon.

And here's the garage element of the evening's festivities: Thee Spivs (that's not a typo, their definite article has the all-important rock 'n' roll extra e).

Looking like they've just decanted themselves from a Soho coffee bar, circa 1963, Thee Spivs make a suitably raucous noise while twitching under the lights in their black threads. They're a period piece, I suppose, and deliberately so. But they inhabit their time zone well.

Giuda represent the glam end of things - and they also inhabit a particular time zone on the rock 'n' roll continuum. In their case, it's round about 1974, when the charts were being barnstormed by likes of The Sweet, Slade, and Mud, all of whom racked up their biggest hits during the period. It's that cheery, gonzoid, unashamedly good-time glam sound that obviously influences Guida, for they've made a creditable attempt at reproducing it. To listen to them wallop out the anthems you'd almost believe they've got Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman doing the business in the back room.

GuidaBut no - Giuda have arrived at Glam Central all by themselves, and in spite of the fact that their tunes sound like they could be covers of seventies glam hits, in fact they're all originals.

Nevertheless, it's hard not to think of Guida as a virtual tribute band, given that their music contains so little of themselves and so much of everyone else.

There's also the weird anomaly of the band's appearance - they're all dressed down in scruffy jeans and eveyday shirts, as if they haven't quite twigged that it's called glam rock for a reason. You'd think at least one of them would be wearing a top hat with mirrors on it, or something.

What we need is a band that ties it all together - the glam, the garage, the whole caboodle - and does so with a dollop of style and 'nuff originality. Just as well The Priscillas are on next, then, for they do a fine job of all the above.

"Are you ready, girls?" asks lead singer Jenny Drag. Yes, the girls are ready. I get the distinct impression that The Priscillas are always ready.

Without further ado the Priscillas crank the rock, and at the risk of pointing out the bleedin' obvious we should note that The Priscillas do indeed rock. Their set might contain such insistent pop gems as 'All The Way To Holloway' and a rollicking version of The Go-Gos' 'We Got The Beat' - Jenny Drag informs us proudly that Belinda Carlisle used to be a Priscilla, and indeed she was, for a one-off guest spot that now seems to have gone down in Priscillas folklore - but The Priscillas are also a killer rock unit.

Why, their Wikipedia page tells us, in curiously broken English, that "The Priscillas are mainly rock music group". So it must be true. At any rate, tonight they're really bringing the party.

The band rattle out the rockers like they're playing a biker rally on Brighton seafront, Guri Go-Go's guitar shouldering its way to the front of the racket as if it owns the place. The Priscillas are probably the only band that can shamelessly indulge in foot-on-the-monitor poses without looking all Spinal Tap. There's just enough of a raised-eyebrow sense of self-awareness about The Priscillas to allow them to push the showboat out without losing their witty, knowing cool. And yes, as I may have mentioned, they rock.

The PriscillasI think someone had better update Wikipedia. "The Priscillas are mainly rock music group"?

Not so. The Priscillas are all rock music group.


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For more photos from this gig, find The Priscillas and Giuda by name here.

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