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Bands You've Discovered as Support Acts

draysdrays Posts: 119
edited April 2013 in Commuting chat
Just listening to The Libertines first album, and it's got me reminiscing...

This is for bands that you first came across when they were playing support for someone else.

Libertines - I first heard the Libertines when they supported Supergrass at Manchester Academy in 2002. Chaotic, charismatic and musically tight. This was around the time of their first album as the hype was building.

Liars - Supporting Sonic Youth, again at Manchester Academy in 2002. Bonkers electronis over a heavy bass. Also around the time of their first album. Superb

Hot Chip - Supporting Mark Ronson at the Octagon at Sheffield Uni in 2008. My first impression was of a modern day Kraftwerk with guitars. Their studio albums don't do justice to their live performances. Joe Goddard's Two Bears collaboration is a fantastic extension of the Hot Chip sound.
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  • Dog BreathDog Breath Posts: 314
    Going back a few years. Went to see an Afro-Rock group called Osibisa. There were 2 warm-up groups on beforehand, the first of which was Genesis.
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  • HeadhuunterHeadhuunter Posts: 6,494
    drays wrote:
    Just listening to The Libertines first album, and it's got me reminiscing...

    This is for bands that you first came across when they were playing support for someone else.

    Libertines - I first heard the Libertines when they supported Supergrass at Manchester Academy in 2002. Chaotic, charismatic and musically tight. This was around the time of their first album as the hype was building.

    Liars - Supporting Sonic Youth, again at Manchester Academy in 2002. Bonkers electronis over a heavy bass. Also around the time of their first album. Superb

    Hot Chip - Supporting Mark Ronson at the Octagon at Sheffield Uni in 2008. My first impression was of a modern day Kraftwerk with guitars. Their studio albums don't do justice to their live performances. Joe Goddard's Two Bears collaboration is a fantastic extension of the Hot Chip sound.

    Hot Chip played at a pub round the corner from me on NY Eve in 2009 or 2010 I think but I didn't go.... :(
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  • menthelmenthel Posts: 2,484
    Back in 1995 I heard Cast supporting Dodgy. Both ended up being stalwarts of Britpop but I had never heard of John Power's new band before then! Bloody loud they were too, second only to the mighty Mogwai in my book!
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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    I went to see Two Door Cinema Club as I wanted to see the support act - Bastille. I was a damn sight older than the rest of the audience though (about a head above them all)

    They went on to get UK #1 and #1 album the following week. I kinda feel proud that it was the 1st album I had bought in years.
  • rubertoerubertoe Posts: 3,993
    Went to see *ahem* Justin Timberlake with the EPO, Dizzee Rascall was supporting him with Showtime.

    Have been a big fan of grime ever since.

    yeah, I get that am a 30 something, middle class white male from a posh london borough :)
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  • draysdrays Posts: 119
    rubertoe wrote:
    Went to see *ahem* Justin Timberlake with the EPO, Dizzee Rascall was supporting him with Showtime.

    Have been a big fan of grime ever since.

    yeah, I get that am a 30 something, middle class white male from a posh london borough :)

    Keepin' it real there rude boi (I'm the same demographic and think Dizzee is ace!)
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  • Went to see Def Leppard a few years ago. The support act were The Darkness. At first everyone was looking at each other thinking "this is a joke, right?" Within a few minutes no-one thought that.

    Yes, they are a bit cheesy, but an amazing live band. Including changes of spandex between songs!
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  • I went to see Public Enemy. Were supported by an up-and-coming band called The Beastie Boys. 8)
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  • I went to see Public Enemy. Were supported by an up-and-coming band called The Beastie Boys. 8)
    Now that is cool.
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  • I went to see Public Enemy. Were supported by an up-and-coming band called The Beastie Boys. 8)
    Now that is cool.
    In reality they were f-ing awful.
    But not bad enough to put me off them - at that point in time I would buy anything produced by Def Jam.
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    When I was at Hull Uni back in the 80s I used to see a band that often played for free in the Union. I even flanned the lead singer in one gig during Rag week... that was Paul Heaton and the band were obviously the Housemartins
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  • bdave262000bdave262000 Posts: 270
    Went to Reading festivsal in the early 90's. On the side stage there was a little know band called Blur playing.
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  • I first saw Maximo Park as part of the lineup on the NME Rock'n'Riot tour headlined by Kaiser Chiefs (the year escapes me, but mid '00s). I was impressed enough to get their first album.

    At university in around 1989 they had short-lived British hip-hop act Derek B on and his support was Pop Will Eat Itself who were ace
  • kieranbkieranb Posts: 1,674
    Some long time ago I went to see Sonic Youth play in Dublin, supporting them were an act I hadn't heard of before, went by the name of Nirvana.
  • edhornbyedhornby Posts: 1,780
    went to see a mates band and the support was the Arctic Monkeys
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  • mickbrownmickbrown Posts: 100
    Radiohead supporting Kingmaker at Huddersfield Poly.
  • andy9964andy9964 Posts: 930
    I saw Bon Jovi in the mid eighties, supporting Kiss at Newcastle City Hall.
    Around the same time, my sister saw U2 supporting The Police at Gateshead Stadium
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