Carnaby Street Jail Rock
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Carnaby Street, Jail Rock, Benidorm 17/09/2012

Just got back from one of my favourite holiday places, the fantastic Benidorm. If you like cheap, tacky and tasteless this is the place for you. I know a lot of people who absolutely hate it there but you normally find that they have not been. I must admit that I probably couldn’t spend a week there, but 3 nights with my mates is just about right. Anyway we saw a great band Carnaby Street, or 2 people playing along to a backing track.(it’s not as bad as it seems, they get away with that at Pincho’s in Baddow Rd and he does Neil Diamond, Yuk) They were billed as a Jam tribute band but they went from “You really got me” by the Kinks and finishing with “My Generation” in between we had The Undertones, The Jam, The Specials, Bad Manners, Madness, The Lambrettas, Sex Pistols, Oasis and Blur. There were probably a couple more that I forgot but you get the picture. They played a set that went on for about a hour and a half and were ever so intense and enthusiastic. I don’t know how they do it as they play at different venues at least twice a night and this is every night. All the hits and more were played with my faves being Anarchy, Pretty Vacant, Going Underground, Song 2 and Lip up Fatty. They must have been good as we normally only have one pint at each venue, we had 3 here

If you have never been to the cultural capital of Spain, try it. This night we watched the Football, walked down to the bars and clubs, watched the band above, some awful Jock playing Joe Walsh songs, Elvis who did Shakey impressions, The Stylistics, A comedian, Queen Tribute , a hypnotist, about 5 minutes of Sticky Vicky (that one is not recommended) and danced the small hours away at Café Benidorm, a night club that is still as packed at 6 in the morning as it is early on. Round this off with a breakfast on the way home and you have a pretty good night out. The other 2 nights were quite the same, but different acts. I would not advise the Roy Chubby Brown act as I was quite insulted when he said Dads Army had arrived when we walked in the bar. Everybody there is friendly, you never see the police or bouncers, I am sure they are there but they keep well undercover. I think it might be more rowdy in July and August but September is an older crowd. All in all a fantastic weekend so thanks again Maurice for sorting it all out, and as Mr Weller sang in the Eton Rifles “some of the lads would be back next week,” make that next year.

Duncan, September 2012