8 aoÃ»t 1991 – On a Friday / Jericho Tavern
Premier concert du groupe avec la configuration actuelle des 5 membres. Chacun a terminÃ© ses Ã©tudes, Jonny s’apprÃªte Ã commencer des Ã©tudes de psychologie Ã l’Oxford Poly…
Au beau milieu de l’Ã©tÃ©, un concert est programmÃ© Ã la Jericho Tavern. Chris Hufford, qui avait dÃ©jÃ eu entre les mains une dÃ©mo du groupe et qui avait exprimÃ© de l’intÃ©rÃªt est invitÃ© Ã venir les Ã©couter. Quelques journalistes sont lÃ Ã©galement.
8 AUGUST 1991
On A Friday play their first gig with the current Radiohead line-up at the Jericho Tavern (later the Philanderer & Firkin, now The Jericho)
Mac (Jericho Tavern bond booker): Ed Oâ€™Brien came in to the Jericho to see me. At the time he was a waiter at Brownâ€™s, this incredibly trendy, incredibly expensive restaurant with rather attractive waitresses. He told me if I gave his band a show, he could guarantee he would bring plenty of his colleagues. Well, Iâ€™d heard their demo, the one with Stop Whispering on it, with a piece of a Silk Cut advert as a cover. It was good stuff. Typical Kingmaker kind of indie rock. Well, back then people thought The Stone Roses were good!
They were true to their word, loads of waitresses turned up, the place was full of grade-A totty. That ensured another booking. Oh, and the band were pretty good too. Really tight. Great songs. It was obvious they were going to get a deal.
Ronan Munro (local journalist): It was like a Robert Palmer video. That was the first time I reviewed them for Curfew [local fonzine]. They had that sound that was of the time, a bit of a Manchester indie-dance aspect to them and quite REM-ish too, and these country influences which are obligatory now, but at the time were quite bizarre. But it was Thomâ€™s voice that really got me, it was quite at odds with the rest of the band. I remember saying theyâ€™d be huge. I got one prediction right anyway. My other was Prolapse.
John Harris, qui s’intÃ©ressait Ã la scÃ¨ne musicale d’OxfordÂ raconta par la suite :
Harris avait entendu parler d’ On A Friday bien avant de les voir, Ã vrai dire :l</span>
Quoi qu’il en soit, Hufford vint ce soir d’Ã©tÃ© :