They were one of the few bands to convince me to see a show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre (because obviously I’ve always been a music snob, and big venues suck). I went with a group of friends and I was wearing my long sleeved stripey Mambo shirt, my favourite shirt for most of my life, a shirt that bizarrely I still own (and fit!), but never wear.
And as we sat down for a beer, with the entire pub to ourselves, we realised that everyone else in the venue was underaged (so they couldn’t drink) and wearing black, because that’s what you do when you see The Cure, isn’t it? Which made me laugh even harder when Fat Bob and Co bounded on stage in bright, primary clothes and started making jokes.
I don’t know how people failed to get their funny side: they made a clip for Close to Me in a wardrobe, and pushed it off a cliff. And don’t even get me started on Why Can’t I Be You. But this one, it’s the perfect encapsulation of that show, even though it was The Sea tour by then. And I love the contrast between the black and white and the colour bits. Especially when the socks attack.
I love socks. If I won the lottery, I would buy a new pair of socks for every day, and then throw them away. Because new socks rock. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scif2vfg1ug&list=PL1IwCrvt7ePuqb8eb_FzITixmOfE7PNgR