GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCK, THE TELEVISION PERSONALITIES The Basement Brighton 24th November 1984
This was GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCKs first foray into live performance, supporting the Dan, Jowe & Jeffrey variant of THE TELEVISION PERSONALITIES… Sadly, this is a desk recording & thus highlights all the frailties of Alice’s vocal tuning & the heavily woven plinky plinky guitars. More than anything else I liked the fact that GRAB GRAB THE HADDOCK seemed to have no middle ground with regard to people’s reaction. They were either loved or hated to either extreme. Every reference I see of them today is of being twee or terminally cute. I remember at the time thinking they were just the next DIY generation from the punk(y) bands of 6 or 7 years earlier but playing simple little pop songs that implied the charm of British seaside holiday, but cute? This particular night Alice was sporting a Mohawk & full Annabella Lwin pop pirate garb! OK she looked cute!