A WEEKEND IN WORDS

A light-hearted look at Back in Time Live Brighton, by Andrew Please damn well cover my Merman tunes Fisher

Last year I wrote a light-hearted article about BACK IN TIME LIVE 3, which you can read here on Remix64. So I thought I would do the same again this year. But how can you sum up the weekend that was Back in Time Brighton? With the words of the people who were there…

Those words in.. er... full?  :-)

COMPOSER LIAISON
The description of my task for the weekend on my laminated crew pass.

THREE!
That is the number of people who turned up for the football match on the Friday evening. That was Paul Chapman (who organised it), Mark Gallagher who had flown down from Scotland, and myself.

TAXI
A vehicle you can order to drive you to your destination – and which failed to arrive. So the three of us walked two miles to…

THE PRODIGAL
The chosen pub on the seafront painted a bright blue colour outside and full of rowdy nerds inside.

YOU!
One eager young man’s reaction on telling him I used to write for Commodore Force as Professor Brian Strain. I turned down his invitation to autograph part of his anatomy…

THAT GUY (WHO RUNS THE KWED SITE)
Hand-written label around Jan Lund Thomsen’s neck, as his ticket and pass had been lost in the post.

MUSICALITY
Chris Abbott’s description of Stuck In D’Eighties at the rehearsals on the Friday, how they could swap parts for certain tunes and the vibe they were creating.

DAVID, AND A FRENCH NAME YOU PROBABLY CAN’T PRONOUNCE
I met David on the Saturday morning, and he helped me put SOLD OUT stickers on some www.bouff.tv brochures for Kenz (slave driver!).

IS SHE GOING TO BE HERE?
Several people asked this on seeing the larger than life size poster of Emily Bouff Booth on Kenz’s stall. Sadly she did not attend this event.

MORE FRIENDLY
Fred Gray described the way that the events are becoming more and more friendly as people meet again and again.

NOW, JUST THE COMPOSERS…
Peter Sandén (Yodelking) arranging the 3pm photo-shoot.

WEIRD
Ben Daglish describing how it feels to be performing his music 20 years later.

WEIRD
Fred Gray, using the same word to describe how he felt about the event.

ABSO-BLOOMING-LUTELY
Marcel Donné describing how it felt to be there – although some at the table in the café thought it was because he had a beer in his hand at the time…

WOULD THE OWNER OF A SINCLAIR C5 PLEASE MOVE IT
‘Hilarious’ announcement over the PA system before the concert started.

YES? NO? MAYBE? I DON’T KNOW, CAN YOU REPEAT THE QUESTION?
Ben Daglish, an excellent compere for the concert, breaks into the lyrics from Boss of Me (theme tune to Malcolm in the Middle) as technical problems disrupt Stuck in D’Eighties set.

THIS WILL BE OUR LAST SONG…
Ben winks to the crowd, who knows that Stuck in D’Eighties will be repeating Paperboy/Arcade Classics due to the technical problems.

BOOOOOO!
The audience reaction to Rob Hubbard playing tunes from other machines.

IT’S MY GIG, I’LL PLAY WHAT I WANT TO
That was Rob’s (friendly) reaction to the crowd.

SAM FOX STRIP POKER
A heckler shouted this at Rob, even though he wasn’t doing requests. He did move back to the keyboard and play The Stripper, a great off-the-cuff moment that typifies the standard of the musicians and the superb atmosphere of the concert.

YOU’LL HAVE TO HELP US WITH THE LYRICS
Press Play on Tape captivates the audience with the Latin rhythm of Wizball. All together now – LA LA LA LAAA LA LA LA LA…

FREAKY GENIUS
Ben’s description of Press Play on Tape as they left the stage after their first set.

NERVOUS
Rob Hubbard telling me after the concert how he felt before it happened…

I’D DO IT AGAIN, TO THIS MANY PEOPLE
Rob (again), saying how much he enjoyed the experience.

WOULD YOU LIKE A FREE POSTER?
Frank Abbott spent most of Saturday saying this. Anyone would think Chris ordered too many Back in Time 3 posters…

I AM DRUNK
Makke explaining why he forgot the words to his rap during the Breakdance contest.

THE WISDOM OF BOG
Watch out for this life-changing book in a discount bin near you soon. Mark Hennesey-Barrett thought it was a good idea when I suggested it. This was the man who was resuscitated by a C64 keyboard earlier in the evening after some energetic dancing, and who said goodbye to Mat Mayhem Allen by licking his face…

YOU SHOULD THANK SKITZ AS WELL
Chris Abbott in modest mood after the concert. A big thank you then, to Chris, Skitz, Boz, Kenz, the Brighton Centre, the performers who put on such a great show, the exhibitors who ran the stands and to all the people I met.