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Big Ask - Big Gig

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 17:21 UK time, Tuesday, 2 May 2006

After doing Zane's show last night in a bank holiday Mondya special kind of vibe, jammed to the rafters with wicked new spiky and mellow tunes listen again here (anyone here Fresh Meat - liked the tracks?), I bombed it down to Koko's in Camden. It was a special Big Ask Live Benefit Concert, which which is all about Friends of the Earth campaign on Climate Change, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. As Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals pointed out onstage, it's quite a small ask really. He played an entertaining set with tunes from his recent solo album and a new track too, assisted by the bird and keyboards he used on his OneMusic session last year.
Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood played a rather lengthy set, much to the audience's delight, a lot of whom had paid silly money to be there (with all proceeds going to charity of course). They had a laugh onstage, and played classics like No Surprises, and it was particularly odd to hear an acoustic version of Paranoid Android, as it's such a mammoth song fully plugged in. It sounded pretty mammothical last night too, even though I felt a bit sad watching the giant disco ball hnagning from the ceiling of the extraordinary venue while cnape and champagne was being served. New songs included Bodysnatchers and Arpeggi.
Host Simon Amstell was well funny - he did a song called Fish int he Sand just before the 'head came on. It's up there with My Lovely Horse I reckon. Check here to get involved with the Big Ask.

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