Got there in the end...
For those wondering just how the CTC would cope with the hugest stage of their career so far (when usually the six-piece are crammed into a space smaller than the average garden shed), well, they turned the volume to ELEVEN. It was like being speared through the heart and the brain with some kind of sonic death lance last night at the Astoria.
Still the feller who, um, not sure what he does apart from sit on the floor, sat on the floor, but this time he had an BIG CUSHION.
The band played to slowly filling auditorium, London's transport problems didn't do them any favours, but they made the most of this last minute opportunity.
Elbow, also playing this NME / Carling extravaganza seemed to be halfway between The Beta Band and Coldplay, which technically makes them Radiohead I suppose... well worth a listen to again, as they're quite hard to get a grip on first time round.
Also, that Ed Harcourt; he's a bit good innit?
This content originally from my very popular (in the tail end of the '90s) site popex.com. Parts were contributed by other people, but mainly originally created by me. I moved the content here here when the website eventually closed down in the early 2000s. Hope this ignites memories (if you find it).