In August 2005, ATP introduced a new season in London called Dont Look Back inviting artists to present a retrospective of one of their works in its entirety. We kicked off the season with The Stooges performing Fun House from start to finish in one amazing show at the Hammersmith Apollo that saw grown men cry. The season finale was the inimitable Dirty Three (with special guest pianist, Nick Cave) performing the stunningly beautiful Ocean Songs at The Barbican.
Since then, we have seen seminal albums performed including Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub who stirred up a melting crowd at The Forum, Tindersticks playing the exquisite Tindersticks II at The Barbican and Ennio Morricone proving why he is The Maestro as he lead 200 musicians through his classic film scores at the Hammersmith Apollo.
Dont Look Back Concerts is proud to announce the first dates for our 2007 season.
performing Daydream Nation
House of Love
performing The House of Love
… was Sonic Youths sixth album – their first double, clocking in at 70 minutes – and their last for indie label Blast First. Having debuted the raw material at US shows in June 1988, it was recorded in July & August, previewed on a brief European tour in September and released in October 88.
Arguably their most commercial release of the six (since then others ‘Dirty’, ‘Goo’, ‘Sonic Nurse’, ‘Rather Ripped’ have competed for that accolade), it saw the band consolidate their inimitable style and drew a huge amount of major label interest, resulting in a multi album deal with Universal. From the anthemic ‘Teenage Riot’ through to ‘Erics Trip’, ‘Total Trash’, ‘Candle’, the Joni Mitchell/Jimi Hendrix tribute ‘Hey Joni’ and Kim Gordons intense ‘Cross The Breeze’, the album contains some of Sonic Youths best known songs, clamorously requested at every show since.
Rolling Stone and Spin hailed ‘Daydream Nation’ one of the best albums of the 80s. Widely Rated as their Magnum Opus it appears to this day in many Best Album polls. The intervening years have seen Sonic Youth go from strength to strength, both in their wide openess to the new and experimentation and their ability to draw attention and to entertain. The prospect of this historic album being performed live in its entirety 19 years down the line, is exciting indeed! A two-disc deluxe edition of ‘Daydream Nation’ with bonus tracks, liner notes, and additional material is planned for release in June 2007..
When I first heard Daydream Nation – I thought ‘what is this music…?’ It was raw, abrasive and reminded me of the Stooges and the Velvets. But nothing else sounded quite like it and it quickly took over to become one of my favourite records ever! From the gatefold sleeve to the heavy vinyl this was a lush piece of art that you took home and cherished. This was a time when CDs were alien to the kids and a few years later Slint released Spiderland. In a way their masterpiece inspired me to start the Don’t Look Back season. I would think how do I get to see all of these songs live? – I was obsessed. I would check the credits and even look at the run out grooves and long for them to play every last track live, so we are really honoured to kick off the season with these legendary albums and also continue the series with the faithful genius that is the House of Love performing their first LP they did for Creation. – Barry Hogan (Dont Look Back Concerts)