Before we start, can I just say I've walked past this sign every day and have yet to see any ducks.
Budgies, yes. Parakeets, beautiful black and white things that look like crows with highlights (where's Bill Oddie when you need him?), and punk pigeons (pigeons with mohicans, there's a lot of those). But no ducks as yet. Or maybe it's just an advert for a Partridge Family reunion? That said it's hardly been weather for ducks, though that may well change (see below). For yesterday was the hottest day yet, at a sunny 39 degrees. When the locals, Adelaidians, Syndeyidneyians and Melbournournians alike, all tell you this weather's a bit extreme, then you can excuse yourself that you're not just being a whingeing pom.
And allow me to be far from whingey because last night's gig was a corker. Following the disappointment of Friday's gig when the Socks had had not only low numbers but also an annoying talking, singing and sock-throwing contingent in the crowd, tonight (Saturday) was spot-on. A good sized crowd, the Socks did everything right and the audience laughed when they did so. That's the way to do it, as I believe some of our predecessors may have put it, and let's see if we can't keep this up.
After the show I celebrated by relaxing, while our flat-mates and fellow performers were out doing two extra gigs apiece (have I mentioned we're sharing with Rob "Abandoman" Broderick, and Tom "Ian D Montfort" Binns and his wife Liesl? Well we are and very lovely they are too) and I did my first Youtoobling of the month. Youtoobling, you'll recall, is watching videos on Youtube, making links, enjoying what you conjure up next. My starting point last night was a slot on ABC1 TV here called Rage which starts at midnight and just plays pop videos, but really well curated ones. We'd all sat round in the flat the other night watching vids selected by Geoff Barrow of Portishead, and they make up a good few of the list I ended up watching and Tweeting. Enjoy them below.
Meantime we'll prepare for another big day. And the weather here in Adelaide..?
A thunderstorm eh? That should be fun, bring it on. Here's the Youtoobling results from the Adelaide jury...
Sleigh Bells, Comeback Kid
White Rabbits, Heavy Metal
Santigold, Big Mouth
Tom Tom Club, Genius of Love
Arcade Fire, Sprawl II
Ben Folds 5, Rocking The Suburbs
The Members, Sound of the Suburbs
Hard Fi, Living For The Weekend
The Carpenters, Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
The Carpenters, Goodbye To Love
Beth Jeans Houghton, Sweet Tooth Bird
Snow Patrol, In The End
Wings, Goodnight Tonight
Mike Nesmith, Rio
Carole Bayer Sager, You're Moving Out Today
A particularly well-announciated version of Moving Out Today via @WhitneyScarlett1
Billy Joel, Movin' Out live 1978
Eminem, Say Goodbye to Hollywood
Abandoman, What's In Your Pocket?
"Roll up roll up" - Adelaide Advertiser review
"Head-slappingly funny" - Festival Freak review
Adelaide Waiting - new Socks video
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are on at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide at 7.45pm every night until March 18th. Tickets here.