4 aoÃ»t 1986, Oxford, Jericho Tavern, Club Avocado
Ce concert est considÃ©rÃ© comme le tout premier du jeune groupe Â«Â on a fridayÂ Â» au club Â«Â avocadoÂ Â» de la Jericho Tavern. On A Friday intÃ¨gre alors des saxophonistes (dont Raz Peterson). On ne connaÃ®t pas la set-list, mais comme tout groupe trÃ¨s jeune, il est certain quâ€™on a du entendre des reprises, des chansons en cours dâ€™aboutissement…
En 2013, Colin en avait un peu parlÃ© sur l’invitation de Steve Lamacq, journalitste de la BBC1, visitant sa maison, et l’interrogeant sur un poster sur le mur d’un trÃ¨s vieux concert… :
retranscription d’une interview radio donnÃ©e pour ‘Lamacq live’ sur laÂ BBC 1 par Radiohead le 9 juin 2003
house. Iâ€™ve just walked upstairs from the living room where weâ€™re
actually broadcasting from by the fire and the flight casts and upstairs
thereâ€™s a little room with… I can see a computer and loads of
keyboards actually two sets of keyboards and a bit of piano vibe [strums
on piano] canâ€™t play, so thereâ€™s a piano there and then thereâ€™s vinyl
and CDs. Of course whatâ€™s the first thing you do when you go around any
pop starâ€™s houseÂ ? You have a look a his CD collection just to check
first is this in alphabetical orderÂ ? Yes it is, it starts with â€œBâ€œ…
Jacques Brel, The Boo Radleys some Jeff Buckley and… so many David
Bowie records. I would say about 14 Bowie records there and as we move
along more CDs… and I think thatâ€™s a picture a Nigel Godrich and I
think thatâ€™s a picture of the rest of the band all wearing shades. On
the wall thereâ€™s a poster that appears to be for a gig by â€˜On a Fridayâ€™,
so pre-Radiohead and Iâ€™m not sure what year this is but it says
â€œTonight Club AvocadoÂ : Live music at The Jericho Tavern, Wolton Streetâ€
Monday 4th August. The first band on was â€œThe Yellowy Blue Roof Menâ€
what ever happened to them and mystery group in the middle and then On a
Friday headlining. Uh… thereâ€™s a bit of… Thom Yorke… come over
here, tell us about this gig. Heâ€™s run away… Colin… heâ€™s run away
too… come in guys. So this is something youâ€™ve had framed, is this a
very early gigÂ ?
ColinÂ : « Yeah, that was like the first gig weâ€™ve ever did in 1986, â€˜87…
SteveÂ : « Your first ever gigÂ ?
ColinÂ : « Yeah, pretty much .
SteveÂ : « Do you remember anything about The Blue Roof Men or The Yellowy Blue Roof MenÂ ?
ColinÂ : « Well they were all the same band they just kept changing
their name we didnâ€™t realise, we thought it was three bands but in fact
it was just the same group and we were there… it was us and them. I
sort of coloured half of it in which was a bit of mistake.
En janvier 2014, Colin Greenwood, porte-parole en Angleterre des petites salles de concert, a rÃ©pondu Ã quelques questions du NME au sujet des dÃ©buts de Radiohead, et il est revenu sur ce concert, prÃ©cisant la date et diffusant l’affiche du concert. Il nous apprend Ã©galement que le groupe avait Ã©normÃ©ment rÃ©pÃ©tÃ©, et qu’il buvait beaucoup beaucoup de biÃ¨res.
NME: What do you remember about Radiohead’s first gig at the Jericho Tavern?
Colin Greenwood: Our first gig at the Jericho Tavern was in 1986 at Club Avocado (see the poster). The ‘Mystery Group’ and ‘The Yellowy Blue Roof Men’ also on the bill were, in fact, the same band. We were called â€˜On A Friday’ at that time. You’ll see on the poster it says « Oxford NEEDS live music » It wasn’t just Oxford!
In terms of the setlist there was nothing on it we play now (hear an On A Friday song below). It was planned for a while and we’d rehearsed in the village halls of Southern Oxfordshire. They were as important to our success as the gigs at independent venues we went on to play. Before the show I’d been drinking a six-pack of beer in Wellington Park with Raz (Peterson), the sax player at that point, and probably finished said six pack afterwards. The beer went down very well. The gig did too.