Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nigel and The Crosses (R.E.M., Soft Boys, Squeeze and Bragg

While I'm not YET prepared to go right down the Robyn Hitchcock rabbit hole, his best songs ("I Wanna Destroy You", "Have a Heart Betty, I'm Not Fireproof, "Queen of Eyes", Cynthia Mask" and I know I've hardly scratched the surface thus far) are mercilessly wonderful.

Nigel & The Crosses was the band name for Hitchcock plus various combinations of Peter Buck, Peter Holsapple, Glenn Tilbrook, Mike Mills, Billy Bragg, Andy Metcalf & Morris Windsor. This bootleg from a 1989 show at The Borerline in London features a great set list of both originals and covers in excellent sound quality.

Setlist :

  1. I Wanna Destroy You
  2. She Said She Said
  3. Eight Miles High
  4. Queen Of Eyes
  5. Waterloo Sunset
  6. America
  7. Freeze
  8. The Veins Of The Queen
  9. Birdshead
  10. Rain
  11. Flesh Number One
  12. Bells Of Rhymney
  13. The Rumour
  14. Kingdom Of Love
  15. Listening To The Higsons
  16. Revolution Number One
  17. Sin City
  18. Route 66
  19. You Ain't Going Nowhere
  20. I Saw Her Standing There
  21. Foxy Lady
COMMENTS would be most appreciated (and that's where you'll find the Nigel and the Crosses link)


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  2. I was lucky enough to see one of these Hitchcock/Buck surprise shows (minus Bragg and Squeeze) at 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis after a REM arena show. A great night.

  3. I have a Borderline bootleg from around this time that is mostly R.E.M. songs... perhaps a different show? Either way, this is great to have. Thanks.

  4. You are wise not to jump down the Robyn Hitchcock rabbithole without great deliberation, because I fell down it and have never been the same. Thanks for the post, all I had was a flexi-disc of a couple of these guys from B.O.B.

  5. A big thank you for posting this. I am really interested in hearing this performance. I read about them back then, but never heard anything they did under this name.

    I have often felt that like many prolific artists Hitchcock is often a terrific writer and performer, but at other moments he sounds like he is a weak copiest of....himself.

  6. cool, thank you

  7. Thank you so much! I love every one of these people.

  8. Thank you! Never heard of this, and looking forward to checking it out!

  9. Hey Jeffen

    I am sure the rabbits would be totally confused by Robyn Hitchcock.Gee ... I am totally confused by Robyn at times.And yes I am a huge fan.I still love the present music by the likes of Robyn Hitchcock,Paul Weller,Nick Lowe,Peter Case,Graham Parker,Joe Jackson,Dave Alvin,Joe Ely,Garland Jeffreys,Roy Loney,Gary(US) Bonds etc.

    Will Art Bergmann ever grace us with new music?Gotta luv Art.


  10. Thanks. This looks like a real good one!

  11. heard some of this long ago via an rem aficionado who knew i liked billy bragg, but i'm guessing the version here won't be a third generation cassette dupe so won't sound like they were playing at the bottom of well with a few beehives in between them and the crowd. thanks.

  12. Very nice -- thanks for this!

  13. CallPastorJerkfaceJune 30, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Goodness I love me some Soft Boys! So why haven't I crossed the border to Robyn's Globe Of Frogs? Perhaps we need to take this trip together my friend.

  14. Thanks for sharing. Had a boot of Nigel & Crosses (not sure if it was same gig)from Dimeadozen but lost it in a major hard drive meltdown last year so many thanks for this.

  15. Fantastic - I just found your blog a few days ago and I've having a blast. Cool stuff!

  16. Many thanks. Looking forward to hearing this show.

  17. Thanks so much! Been looking for more obscure Robyn Hitchcock, and this was on the short list. Can't wait to hear it.

  18. wow... this looks fascinating. i have absolutely no recollection of this, and (like you and presumably most who land here) am an aging, mid-life music junkie. thanks!!!

  19. Gratified by the huge response to this one!

    More weirdness to come!

  20. Thanks! I love Robyn, but haven't heard this one. Some other hitchcock bootlegs over on my blog: http:///

  21. As a big fan of Robyn and REM in the late 80's (saw both of them a year of two before this show) I am SHOCKED, I tell you, that I never heard of this band. Many, many thanks!

  22. the was new to me ,so ta very much

  23. Bells Of Rhymney song from Pete Words from "Gwalia Deserta" by Idris Davies

  24. amazing, thank you so much.

  25. Not familiar with this boot, so many thanks!

  26. From this rabbit - thanks, a terrific performance.

  27. Hello Folks, Any chance this could be reloaded, the link is dead. Would be greatly appreciated !!


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