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Minny Pops live @ The Forge 31 July 2014 
Minny Pops live @ The Forge 31 July 2014

Minny Pops, now reinvented by Wally van Middendorp as a collective, made a triumphant return to the live stage with a concert / performance art show at the excellent Forge in Camden on Thursday 31 July 2014.

The show began with a blindfolded Wally dressed in red shirt and black trousers stood amongst the audience for several minutes before he was eventually joined by John and Louise for opening number Wong.

After a second number, Vital, any thoughts that the remainder of the show would be conventional were ditched with the advent of Patty Hearst, a splendid avant-garde reading with electronic background noises.

The show was billed as running from 8.35pm to 9.14pm. Unfortunately, the precise schedule was slightly disrupted when the penultimate number broke down due to a technical glitch. This led into the set closer Secret Story revisited (FAC 57 - not FUC 57) during which Wally held up and then scrunched up a piece of paper containing the words in brackets. This was a sprightly and extended reimagination of the original Factory Records single. However, Wally declared that the collective had failed in its stated ambition when closing 2 minutes ahead of the timetable.

A glorious failure though...

Setlist

Wong
Vital
Patty Hearst
Time
Tracking
Secret Story revisited (FAC 57 - not FUC 57)

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Don't forget that Minny Pops play Red Gallery in Shoreditch on 18 October with Wrangler.

Also, Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement is re-released by Factory Benelux on 16 October 2014.

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