08/23/91 - Berkshire, England @ Reading Festival

Date: Friday, August 23rd, 1991 
City: Berkshire, England
Venue: Reading Festival
White Kross 
Brother James 
Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit 
Eric's Trip 
Teenage Riot 
Dirty Boots 
Chapel Hill 
Mary Christ 
Kool Thing 
Expressway to Yr Skull 
  • Lots of backstage footage from this date in "1991: The Year Punk Broke", namely the interview sections almost an hour in.


    T: "Hello. I hope y'all are having fun today! I'd like to apologize for the rain earlier. It seems like Nirvana scared it away though, and that's good."
    L: "Check check check."
    T: "I'd like to thank Dinosaur for bringing the sunshine out."
    K: "I'd like to thank God and Perry Farrell."
    T: "I'd like to dedicate this first song to the Abraham Lincoln Youth Brigade and Courtney Love, this is called 'Sister'."
    - Schizophrenia
    T: "'White Cross'."
    - White Cross
    [a tape of 'Dizzy' by Tommy Roe plays]
    T: "It's called 'Brother James'."
    - Brother James
    T: "Alright, this is a new song, it's called..[makes a noise]"
    - Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit
    T: "Working it out, he's working it out!"
    L: "Okay, this next one's called 'Eric's Trip'. This is the perfect place for it."
    - Eric's Trip
    [a tape of fresh beats plays]
    T: "This is called 'Teenage Riot'. Come on, it sounds fine bro!"
    L: "Okay, 'Teenage Riot'."
    - Teenage Riot
    T: "This song is called 'Flower'."
    - Flower
    L: "How are ya Terry?"
    T: "This is called 'Tunic'."
    - Tunic
    T: "'Dirty Boots'!"
    - Dirty Boots
    T: "This song is called 'Chapel Hill'."
    - Chapel Hill
    T: "It's a full moon tonight, ladies and gentlemen! This is for Mary-Christ. Oh I know what, I know what.. have you heard the new Primal Scream song?"
    [a tape of 'Don't Fight, Feel It' by Primal Scream plays and the band make furious noise overtop]
    T: "Alright, this song is called 'Mary-Christ'!"
    - Mary-Christ
    - Kool Thing
    L: "Alright, one more!"
    [walkman plays 'Benny and the Jets' by Elton John while band tunes and makes noise]
    T: "Expressway to yr Hole."
    - Expressway
    T: "Goodnight, peace."


  • Nirvana
  • Dinosaur Jr
  • Silverfish
  • Chapterhouse
  • Babes In Toyland
  • Teenage Fanclub
  • Iggy Pop
  • Sisters of Mercy


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