I’ve just realised that earlier I published the landmark post #10. To mark the occasion, I wanted to resurrect an old post from May 2009 currently dormant on a blog briefly tended to during my uni days. It is my immediate thoughts on a gig at Camden Underworld on 2 May 2009, at which I saw Jesse Michaels, my musical idol whose lyrics were my first inspiration to write, performing with his band Classics of Love. The post was published at 00:55 on the 3rd; so it was pretty damn fresh and I was pretty damn hyper. I haven’t re-read it, merely copied and pasted it here, complete with photo. Hopefully it still makes for an alright read.
Classics of Love
one thing that I can depend on.”
I fell madly in love also, with Common Rider, vocalist andlyricist Jesse Michaels’ musical project of the noughties. From the OpIvy days, through the Expansive Heart EP to Common Rider, Michaels’ lyrics always came across as ‘spot on, the truth’, with whatever they were saying, and they rhymed too, which seemed the icing on the delicious cake that was his sublime lyrical genius.Tonight, or last night rather, I saw him perform live with his new band Classics Of Love (also the name of the first Common Rider song I heard, which has been known to convert many people, lifted from their debut album Last Wave Rockers).
JM was always and still is, the primary influence to my own writing, and I never thought I would get to see him perform live, at least not in sunny London, England. May 2009 is seeing Michael’s first tour of the UK and I was lucky enough to see him. Although only supporting, and supporting the more than popular Manchester band Sonic Boom Six, whokeep a dedicated following, the show appeared to be sold mainly on Michael’s presence, billed as “Classics Of Love Feat. Jesse Michaels (of OpIvy)”, or something in a similarly worded order.
Oh – and I met him before the show, had a picture with him and got my ticket signed by the man…
I used to think I would never get to see Jesse Michaels live, let alone singing an Operation Ivy song. All that’s left to say is that I sang ‘The Crowd’ down a microphone held by Jesse (fucking) Michaels!