Back in the UK now and the first leg of the La Folie tour. I'll stick my neck out here and say that I would consider La Folie to be the last truely great Stranglers album and the five new tracks played at the Palais represent the best that that album has to offer. Golden Brown is in there, but to fresh ears at the time I suspect that it would have sounded strange and exotic.... I love the song, but these days as the perennial set staple it's harder to view the song with any objectivity.
The Man They Love to Hate, Let Me Introduce you to the Family, Non-Stop and Tramp... wonderful! If you download this gig (one of the best in terms of audio quality for an audience recording) listen to it whilst reading an excellent fan's account of this tour, here. Phil Coxon documented his round Britain trip in a tour diary (nice to meet you at the Convention by the way Phil!).
An interesting point to note was that this gig was filmed by a French TV crew. Will it ever see the light of day I wonder, we can live in hope.
- Non Stop
- Just Like Nothing On Earth
- Second Coming
- Who Wants The World
- Baroque Bordello
- Golden Brown
- Thrown Away
- I Feel Like A Wog
- The Man They Love To Hate
- Let Me Introduce You To The Family
- Nuclear Device
- Nubiles (Cocktail Version)/Bring On The Nubiles
- The Raven
Alternatively, whilst looking for a bit more background I note that Dom P has uploaded a version of this gig (and this is likely to be an upgrade), here. Thanks as always Dom.
14th November 1981
Opening Night of the La Folie Tour