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Review by Nick Morgan
REVIEW by Nick Morgan
THE TIGER LILLIES
Soho Theatre, London, June 3rd 2006
not lawyers are you?” asks a concerned Adrian
Huge, who only five minutes earlier had propelled
much of what passes for his drum kit onto the
lap of the Photographer. I shrugged. “And
what were you writing in that little black book?”.
“Just stuff”. “That’s
it”, said Martyn Jacques, still in his make-up
and speaking a sort of Dickensian mockney, “he’s
a lawyer alright”.
leaving the Soho Theatre after a late night show
by the inimitable Tiger
Lillies (who are very kindly signing
a disc for Serge), described by one writer as an
“anarchic Brechtian blues trio”. Like
many people my awareness of the Tiger Lillies began
through their association with the award winning
musical (‘junk opera’) Shockheaded
Peter, which I must have first seen seven or
eight years ago. This horror tinged black comedy,
based on the German children’s stories (or
perhaps more properly cautionary tales) The Struwwelpeter,
will be best remembered by anyone who has seen it
for the bizarre falsetto singing of accordion player
Martyn Jacques (who wrote all the songs) supported
by drummer Huge, and bassist Adrian Stout.
there isn’t much that hasn’t been said
about Jacques, who tonight with pierrot make up
and pigtail, permanent scowl (except when he laughs),
strangely shuffling gait looks like a cross between
a string less puppet and a matelot doll. So I’m
not going to try and add any more. Instead I’ll
share the contents of my little black book, which
I think will tell you everything you need to know.
Reviewer to barman: “I say barman, may we
take a bottle of your finest claret into the theatre?”.
Barman to Reviewer: “Yes, but only in a glass”.
Pints of wine. Camera battery flat! Drum kit –
rubber chickens, children’s toys. Songs. ‘Dribble
down your chin’. ‘I’m a swine’.
‘Masturbating Jimmy’ (no need for any
further explanation there). ‘Maria’
(prostitution, rape, anal sex, murder, dismemberment,
necrophilia and vampirism). ‘Freakshow’.
‘Piss on your grave’ (biblical mass
murder and grave pissing). ‘I killed my mother’
(he killed his mother etc. – audience silent
at end). ‘Sheep’ (not sure if this is
the right title – it’s about sheep shagging.
Clockwork sheep on piano). ‘One further morning’
(? title – drowning, mournful. Stout is playing
saw, Huge using hacksaw blade for drumstick). ‘My
tin shack’ (seven days of drug taking and
mystical experiences in a tin shack). ‘I’d
kick a little baby’ (Huge playing drums with
baby’s head, Jacques playing nice ‘National
Steel’ ukulele). ‘Murder is easy’.
‘Bumhole’ (how did they manage to get
the Rainbow Warrior into a song about bumholes???).
‘ABC’. ‘Snip snip’ (“that
great long legged scissor man” – ace!).
‘I’m terrible’. ‘I’m
banging in the nails’ (Crucifixion song, Huge
destroying drum kit with plastic hammers, drum kit
lands on front-row Photographer and Reviewer).
Need I say any more? Of course like certain whiskies
we could mention it’s a love it or hate it
sort of thing. We love it. Oh and by the way, I’m
not a lawyer, but my sister is. - Nick Morgan
(support by Kate)
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