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The Soft Pack Bulletin

Stuart Bailie | 22:46 UK time, Wednesday, 27 May 2009

I was talking to an old compadre, Steve Lamacq the other night. We met by chance at the 100 Club on Oxford Street, a place that's doused in the capital's rock and roll history. I guess we were hoping that the oncoming act, The Soft Pack, might have added a little bit to the narrative.

softpack2.jpgFrom San Diego, they originally traded as The Muslims, which probably wasn't the best idea. But a good few people were concentrating on the music and Lamacq was making favourable comparisions to Jonathan Richman The Only Ones and even Eater. Bless him. It was never gonna live up to all that, but they gave it their best in a contrary way, and some of the songs transcended the gunky PA system and the errant discipline.

There was some juice left in the night so I took a steer around the corner to a basement bar in Charing Cross Road where Joe Lindsay was getting refreshed with a pal on the verge of marriage. Salutations were shouted and a doggedly mad bloke kept skipping from the bar to the toilets, only to reappear in the costume of another kitsch character. We would have laughed at anything by then, but his Nana Mouskouri impression was actually rather poor.

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