1986-02-12 Whitla Hall, Belfast

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steve ®

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Post 15-Jun-2007 09:04

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Whitla Hall, Queens University, Belfast - 12 February 1986
Shakespeare's Sister
I Want The One I Can't Have
Vicar In A Tutu
(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame/Rusholme Ruffians
Cemetry Gates
Still Ill
Stretch Out And Wait
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
Nowhere Fast
What She Said
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Bigmouth Strikes Again
Meat Is Murder
/William It Was Really Nothing
/Heaven Know I'm Miserable Now
//Hand In Glove
After Dundalk it was straight up to Belfast. This was our first trip to Northern Ireland. These days, its not unusual to see armed police in London, but back then it was quite a shock to be wandering around the shops and to see armed soldiers walking by. There is some sort of central shopping district in Belfast which is pedestrianised, and it felt a bit like a castle fortified against the marauding hordes. There were specific access points, with what effectively were gates. Maybe it just felt like that to us English softies. I'm sure it's very different today.
I can't remember that much about the gig itself. I think Whitla Hall was near a river ... I seem to remember crossing over a bridge and walking through a park to get to the venue ... with lots of people milling around outside, and the ever present army patrols. Inside the venue was a pretty standard hall. All standing, with no balcony ... just a big empty space. It wasn't that full for the June Brides who were supporting ... and although it filled up for the main event, it was quite easy to find an empty space not far from the speaker stacks to record from. I recorded from the left hand side. The show itself was quite similar to Dublin ... the crowd were up for a good time, and it was pretty manic down the front. A good climax to the short tour. The next day we had the long journey back to London, driving back down to Dublin to catch the Ferry.
Again this was recorded using my Sony Professional Walkman with Sony EMC-929LT Mic onto Metal tape
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Post 15-Jun-2007 09:52 (after 48 minutes)

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Another great recording, thanks, Steve!
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Post 15-Jun-2007 10:58 (after 1 hour 6 minutes)

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Otra vez muchas gracias, Steve - Thanks a lot
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Post 15-Jun-2007 12:18 (after 1 hour 19 minutes)

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many thanks Steve :-)
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Post 15-Jun-2007 15:07 (after 2 hours 49 minutes)

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Thanks very much Steve :)
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Post 15-Jun-2007 16:07 (after 1 hour)

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I know, I know, it doesn't scan as well as "Everyday Is Like Sunday", but still:
Every Day Should Be Like Friday!
Lots of thanks, Steve.


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Post 15-Jun-2007 18:21 (after 2 hours 13 minutes)

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thanks!
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Post 15-Jun-2007 18:54 (after 33 minutes)

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Thanks for sharing this show and all your masters, Steve.
Getting these shows in the best quality and the great stories are always one of the highlights of the week.
It is fortunate that you picked the Smiths to follow around and record and not some band that didn't deserve it.
Thanks again.
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Post 15-Jun-2007 20:14 (after 1 hour 20 minutes)

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another excellent upload Steve!
Many Thanks! :-)
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Post 17-Jun-2007 00:35 (after 1 day 4 hours)

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Steve, usually (and in general) people would say, "this is getting old"...... well it is not and you are magnificent.
I will say it again, I was never remotely old enough to have experienced The Smiths (live, that is), so what you keep bringing to this site brings excitement!
I think I will have a beer or two, since I am (NOW) old enough! :lol:
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Post 17-Jun-2007 14:05 (after 13 hours)

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As always, thanks Steve!
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waterisnat

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Post 20-Jun-2007 21:42 (after 3 days)

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Thanks for sharing this show and all your masters, Steve.
Getting these shows in the best quality and the great stories are always one of the highlights of the week.
It is fortunate that you picked the Smiths to follow around and record and not some band that didn't deserve it.
Thanks again.
Yeah, the history of mid-80s British rock would have to be rewritten substantially if Steve & Paul had decided to travel along with Wham! and Kajagoogoo instead...


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Post 21-Jun-2007 14:21 (after 16 hours)

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well there was a bit of a bootleg industry going on around Camden (and Portobello) market at the time, so although we didn't follow anyone else around the country to the same extent, we did record an awful lot of other bands. Paul was a big Elvis Costello fan, and travelled around to see him a bit. I was also quite partial to a band called the Scientists, and went to nearly all their London shows (which was most of the shows they played in the UK). They were a brilliant Aussie band, who sold virtually no records at the time, but have turned out to be quite influential. Then there was the wonderful 1000 violins ....
Although I never saw them myself ... we did have a Wham bootleg. A double cassette recording of their Final show at Wembley ... which used to sell quite well as I recall.
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Post 29-Jun-2007 01:03 (after 7 days)

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Found this forum today and I am amazed!
Thanks Steve for sharing this great stuff with us.
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Post 29-Jun-2007 05:39 (after 4 hours)

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thank you....sounds great...
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