Hola, muchachos y muchachas!Forget my 96-hour mini-break-to-Madrid-and-London details for un momento, massive travel, passport and equipment snafus for our lads, let's jump right in with the burgundy-suited Rapiers y Los Madrilenos locos at Festival Surforama, Club Gruta 77, Madrid, between (yawn!) 2 and 3:30 a.m. Sunday, 27 September 2009.
First, behold the awesome rat-a-tat rhythm guitaring from Neil Ainsby, on a borrowed Fender Jaguar no less, bashing out The Snobs' reckless Buckleshoe Stomp. Que maravilloso!
Now don't be L7, come and learn to dance like they do in Madrid when Wooly Bully rears its head and shredmeister Colin Pryce-Jones transposes Sam the Sham sax solos for Stratocaster.
For Merseybeat's sake, they've got some Hippy, Hippy Shake, Rock and Roll Music and Money:
Nathan J. Hulse sings a lead on I'm a Hog for You Baby:Full vocal throttle, Neil channels John Lennon on Do You Love Me:
More fast rhythm guitar down to New Orleans:
For a mini-"Best of British" section, out comes Saturday Night at the Duckpond and the oh-so-rarely heard Baby Sittin', recorded for the Straight to the Point LP.