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Bands don't play no more. Too much fighting on the dance floor. So said The Specials many years ago and their ode to violence and despair in Coventry takes on a special resonance following the events of last weekend.

So maybe its time to try to remember all that can be beautiful about this city and push the ugliness away.

One of the things to remember is that some Coventry people have achieved great things in their time, such as making music that will never be forgotten.

Among these are The Selecter, one of the bands who, along with the Specials, spearheaded the Two-Tone movement in the early 80s. Tonight they will be turning back the clock at The Hare and Hounds in Keresley and anyone who thinks Coventry has never had anything to offer should go see.

Leamington folk will also get a taste of Coventry tonight when local boys P.S.O.V perform at The Haunch of Venison on The Parade. Support will be provided by Her Alibi, fronted by the impressively incisive song writing talents of Ruth and well worth seeing.

Live comedy continues its mission to conquer Coventry when John Shuttleworth performs at The Warwick Arts Centre on Sunday, followed by the very nasty and very funny Jerry Sadowitz on Tuesday. Together with It's a Scream at the Campbell on Mondays there seems to be a healthy comedy scene emerging.

People have been laughing at Coventry for years - let's make it for the right reasons.

Wednesday sees the first semi final of the Live at The Rock band competition at The Chicago Rock Cafe in Nuneaton, with Xposure taking on G'Dansk. Last night's final heat saw Redd emerge victorious over Early Grace. Early Grace turned in an enjoyable, competent set, but the performance lacked confidence and failed to grab the audience by the scruff of the neck. Redd achieved a far better rapport with the crowd, showed some imagination in their choice of songs and performed with energy and obvious ability. They go on to face Silent Bob in two week's time.

Next Thursday the excellent Mail Order Bitch return to The Golden Cross with strong songs, diverse sounds and a lovely, lovely lead singer. The band have apparently had interest from two majors, one of which is supposed to be coming on Thursday. It's also rumoured that they've had a play on Radio One, so things could be happening for them.

Mind you, if you believed Neil Kulkarni, a Cov boy who writes for The Melody Maker, then you'd think nothing ever happened for anyone around here.

Tell us Neil, when was the last time you actually dragged your blinkered, lazy butt along to see a band in the Coventry area? Have you seen Mail Order Bitch, The Superheroes, Fuelled, DJF or, dare I say it, Eusebio?

When was the last time you actually saw any of the bands you so blindly and persistently slag off?

Wake up and smell the cement, Neil. We're building a new city, and this time we're building it on rock 'n' roll. Okay, I might have gone too far there.

Feel free to reply, Neil.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Crutchlow, Dayle
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 5, 1999
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