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By: gunter habets almost 10 years ago

According to a recent article "Sir George Robey pub in Finsbury Park faces demolition" by Andrew Johnson, the Sir George Robey pub, once one of the most renowned music venues in north London, is slated for demolition.
As described by the author, "[t]he pub in Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park Tube station, was famous in the 1980s for punk gigs and ska nights – as well as its disgusting toilets. [...] It was used by music-lovers on their way to the Rainbow Theatre – now owned by the Universal Kingdom of the Church of God – and together with the recently-demolished Red Rose comedy club, also in Seven Sisters Road, formed part of a thriving nightlife in the 70s, 80s and 90s. [...] In the 1990s, however, it was taken over by the Mean Fiddler Group, which moved the Powerhaus venue from Angel to the Robey – named after a famous early 20th century music hall star. When this closed in 2004, permission was granted for a casino and nightclub, but that was never acted on. The pub has been empty since, surrounded by scaffolding, but with its famous electric blue paintwork still visible."
Once this venue gets taken down, the footprints of countless performers and visitors will have turned to dust; the disgusting toilets and blue paintwork committed to memory.
This recording showcases the first out of seven gigs Fugazi played in England in the course of their first 1988 European tour and as such, fortunately, serves to document the band's only performance at the Sir George Robey pub.
Still, I have to admit that this recording has failed to really grab my attention thus far, even though I listened to it 4 or 5 times before taking down these notes. This probably is mainly due to the rather poor quality of the recording, although I can well imagine this show must have been a blast for all those in attendance at the time.

By: gunter habets almost 10 years ago

According to the show side notes, the audio was pulled from VHS. Overall I'd say the bass sounds are much too low in the mix, the treble too high. Add to this a series of sonic glitches as the tape spools seem to speed up during Bad Mouth, Glueman or KYEO, and the result is far from stellar.
The effort the band puts in still works damn infectious on a number of occasions though. In this regard, I particularly enjoyed Lockdown and Burning, which work really well as a combination, and Waiting Room.
It can also be mentioned that Ian specifically elaborates on the meaning of Burning Too and, interestingly, refers to the song as still being "untitled" even though it had already been played about 10 times before.
The Encore segment serves as a reminder of the hour running late and actually includes another spontaneous take on Link Track as a "goodbye song dedicated to all the tube revellers" about to catch the last ride out.
The good people that decided to stick around are then treated to another round of tunes, including the Hello Morning / Provisional medley dubbed Preprovisional, as well as part of the Promises instrumental.
All in all, about 19 songs are played, and as such this show goes down as one of the longest of the European leg of the 1988 tour, together with the 10/31/88 Bielefeld (FLS #0065) and 11/10/88 Linz (FLS #0073) gigs.

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Fugazi Live Series FLS0082 Fugazi London England 11/24/1988

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Show Date:
 Sir George Robey
Played with:
 Sink, Playground, Exit Condition
Recorded by
 Andy P/Fear and Loathing Zine
Mastered by
 Warren Russell-Smith
Original Source:
 VHS audio
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1. Intro
1. Intro
2. Song #1
3. Merchandise
4. Interlude 1
5. Lockdown
6. Burning
7. Interlude 2
8. Bad Mouth
9. In Defense of Humans
10. Interlude 3
11. Bulldog Front
12. Margin Walker
13. Interlude 4
14. Suggestion
15. Burning Too
16. Interlude 5
17. Give Me The Cure
18. Break-In
19. Waiting Room
20. Furniture
21. Interlude 6
22. Turn Off Your Guns
23. Interlude 7
24. Glueman
25. Encore
26. KYEO
27. Preprovisional
28. Promises Coda Instrumental
29. Outro

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