A few numbers from the first of two great nights at the Half Moon, October 2016
What You Waiting For
By general agreement, these were the best gigs since the 2014 re-union – two sold-out nights with crowds in the weekend mood helped. For the record, Mel Collins was back on sax (“Bet you don’t get a reception like that with King Crimson” said Frank), and Andy Treacey from Faithless was on drums. Two ‘new old’ songs were in the set: “What You Waiting For” (AKA Turn Up the Microphone”), an obscure Norman Whitfield disco track originally recorded by Stargard (video from the night here), and the Quincy Jones number “Stuff Like That”.
Read Craig Chaligne’s review on Louder Than War (he liked it).
Thanks to Steven Cropper for these great photos. Check out the rest of his work at www.transientlife.uk
On July 17th 1980, the BBC broadcast Coming Out – a documentary based around the National Gay Pride March in London the previous summer. Kokomo feature at the start and end, performing short snippets of the Sister Sledge hit, “We Are Family”. At around 18 mins in, there’s a longer section from the Kokomo version of Stargard’s disco hit “What You Waitin’ For” . This number made it back into the set list for the October 2014 Half Moon shows.
Instrumental Turn Up the Microphone [this is a super funky number, actually called What You Waitin’ For that’s now back in the set] Third Time Around Understanding (one of Tony’s) Angel Do the Best I Can Anytime I’m Sorry Babe Stuff Like That (Quincy Jones) [also back in the set now] We Are Family (Sister Sledge