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Slim Whittle's Country Killed at the Greyhound

Sunday, 30th April, 2006

"Taking the 'O' out of 'COUNTRY'!"

It's been over three years since I last saw Slim Whittle (playing before GIT at the Old Colonial) and though I know exactly what I have been doing since them, it still doesn't seem that long ago. Dave Moll kept asking me if I was coming to this gig every time I went to the Greyhound so I had to go.

Slim Whittle has a big following due to his sense of humour and also that he can write political songs without looking like a knob head. Some favourites included "My old man's an Iraqi", "Oh what a Jihad we had" and "The clouds of Chernobyl" which went as follows:
The rain in the Ukraine,
Falls mainly on Sweden and Poland,
Poland, Poland, Poland, Poland.
If you've got bone-marrow,
We need it by the barrow.
The clouds of Chernobyl are rollin'
Rollin', rollin', rollin', rollin'

Also of note was the banter between songs and as Slim himself pointed out, who needs to go to a comedy festival show if you've got him (just as well as I can't afford it this year.)

A serious note for the night was provided by "Lost blokes club" as everyone would know someone who would qualify for such a club. This song proved so popular on the night that it was played twice for those who missed it earlier.

It was a very good night and it was good to see Slim and his band again after such a long absence. I will be keeping an eye out for when he is playing next and will try to get to see him before 2009.

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