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What's On: Doo wop fun ideal for little screen.

Byline: JULIE HUTCHINSON.

JD SET AT THE CLUNY

THE Cluny seems to be improving month by month and national TV coverage won't do any harm either.

This show, headlined by The Wombats and ably supported by Palace Fires and Winterkids, is set for transmission on Channel 4 in the not too distant future. So if you weren't here to catch the fun you have a second chance. The Wombats started with their usual set opener, the doo wop harmonies of Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials, then it was quickly in to the frantic Kill The Director, which manages to not only be the theme music for Football Focus but also to compare teenage angst with an EastEnders episode.

The Wombats - two Scousers and a Norwegian - are essentially a fun band and a Friday night in Newcastle is just the place. More crazily titled songs follow Party In a Forest (Where's Laura) and Patricia the Stripper and memories of Scouse legends Half Man Half Biscuit come flooding back. The quirky new single Moving to New York is pounded out and then we had the fantastic sight of bass legend Peter Hook joining the band for Backfire At The Disco. Hooky has been involved with a whole series of gigs involving new bands and was specially invited along for tonight's show. The show ends with a mass singalong to the glorious Let's Dance to Joy Division, minus a certain Mr Hook. Wombats singer Matthew Murphy explained that maybe it would have been too over the top for Hooky. "It would be so ironic it would be downright ridiculous," he told the crowd.

The Wombats remain a great live attraction and what a great coup for the Cluny as the Wombats are sensationally lined up to play the Royal Albert Hall in May. Good clean fun, quirkiness and crazy song titles can work!

Julie, 32, of Newcastle, won a Chronicle competition to review this gig.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 28, 2008
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