Bille The Vision And The Dancers Live At The Royal, Derby, 24/10/08

Billie The Vision And The Dancers

Billie The Vision And The Dancers, live last night! Click the pic for a gallery!

If you’re a regular Groinker, you probably already know that I have a soft-spot for Billie The Vision.

So, as soon as I heard they were playing in Derby, supporting The Pipettes, I got tickets and me and my mrs went to the gig last night.


Although the set was very short as they weren’t headlining and the PA was acting up quite badly, the talent, charm and honesty of BTV shone through. Yeah, there were a few idiot kids in the audience shouting homophobic stuff out about Lars’ clothes but BTV managed to convert most of the peeps there who hadn’t seen / heard them before.

There were a couple of girls in front of me who started off the BTV show giggling, wondering why a man was dressed up in women’s clothes. By the end of the gig, they were clapping and jumping up and down. Such is the power of great pop.

BTV played a mix of songs from old albums and the newie and, honestly, they performed like superstars on that stage. New songs like ‘Lily From The Middleway Street’ just stormed along, a great, grand party of a tune, inviting everyone. And then there were softer, slower oldies like ‘Man From Argentina’ that were sooo sweet. It helps that all the band are effortlessly great on their respective instruments but technical proficiency can so often lead to leaden, worthy workouts. Not so with Billie The Vision. Live, everything BTV do serves the songs, frames those perfect vignettes perfectly.

If I had to make any criticism, it’s that they didn’t play long enough but, obviously, that was out of their hands.

It felt quite bizarre, standing in a venue in Derby hearing this band I’ve loved since hearing about them when I was gigging in Sweden. To see them, in real life, a few feet in front of me… well, it was a night I won’t ever forget.

Please, check out their music if you haven’t already!

Bar Lisi Playlist 22/10/08

Billie The Vision And The Dancers

Wednesday was special. I played multiple tracks by Billie The Vision And The Dancers as I was so excited that they were gigging in Derby on Friday (I saw them!).

So, the best old song was ‘I’m Pablo’ by BTVATD. (Off their 2005 album.)

And the best new song was ‘Groovy’ by BTVATD. (Off their 2008 album.)

If you like lyrics like Jonathan Richman’s or indiepop that is happy and sad at the same time, I think you should probably welcome Billie into your life. And hey – it’s not like you even have to risk any money: you can download all of their albums for free from their own website.

I pay for mine, either via Emusic or buying the CDs because I want this fabulous band to carry on making some of the best pop music I’ve ever heard.

To find such beautiful lyrics married with equally golden music is a rare treat.

On Wednesday, I played:

Beirut – Elephant Gun
otograph – melodie
Billie The Vision And The Dancers – Stuttering Duckling
The Duellists – Starters, Alfriston
The Insomniaddicts – Quitting Time
Sufjan Stevens – Come On! Feel The Illinoise!
Casey Jones – Know This X
M.O. & Brakko – Pluk de Dag
Distance – Mount Zion (Remix)
Circuits – Pistols at Dawn (Tim ‘Love’ Le
Fugazi – Exit Only
Termanology – Watch How It Go Down (prod. by DJ Premier)
Murder City Devils – I Drank the Wine
Smash TV – Chase And Status
Throwdown – Unite
Jens Lekman – You Are the Light
The Mighty Underdogs – Escape (feat. Mr. Lif & Akrobatik)
Chromeo – Needy Girl (Lifelike Remix)
Killswitch Engage – Rose of Sharyn
King Cannibal – b – Badman Near Dark (Komonazmuk Remix)
Beirut – Scenic World
Fighting With Wire – Everyone Needs A Nemesis
Ghostface – Be Easy (Feat. Trife)
The Presets – Yippiyo-a
Raised Fist – Working on Wood
Cycom – Distractions
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists – Criminal Piece
Girl Talk – Shut The Club Down
Gojira – All The Tears
MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix)
TV on the Radio – Crying
TC – Where’s My Money (Caspa Remix)
Death Cab for Cutie – No Sunlight
Underoath – Anyone Can Dig A Hole But It Takes A Real Man To Call It Home
Late of the Pier – Focker
Billie the Vision & The Dancers – I’m Pablo
Thee More Shallows – The Dutch Fist
Big Black – L Dopa
Mystery Jets – You Cant Fool Me Dennis
Maybeshewill – Seraphim & Cherubim
Why? – The Vowels Pt. 2
Hint – Muddled Morning (Feat. Rizzle)
Braintax – The Beast Is Us
Lykke Li – Little Bit
my big ego – duck and cover/hiroshima
Deerhoof – Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back
Sway – F Ur X (Ft. Stush) (Prod. By Youngster)
Evergreen Terrace – Rip this!
Laakso – Dancing Queen
The Field Mice – Fabulous Friend
Yelle – To Cut A Long Story Short (Vic
Sylvie – Please Make It Home
De Colombiaanse Bloedgroep – Denk Tank ft. Blaxtar
Felt – Train Above The City – Bitter End
Ratatat – Mirando
These New Puritans – Swords of Truth
Hallo Venray – Circles
Ladytron – Runaway (Stray Dogs In Paris Remix)
Clark – re-scar kiln
Atmosphere – The Waitress
Blitzen Trapper – Gold for Bread
Blues And Snake – You’ve Struck Gold
Alan Braxe – Addicted
Future Of The Left – Manchasm
Kid Sublime – We Dont Play Feat. Illa J
The Girls – Where Wolves Drink
Sonic Youth – Sunday
Efterklang – Mirador
The Fairline Parkway – Eaves
Benga – Roller
The Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes
Bobby Baby – Bobby
Teenage Fanclub & Jad Fair – Behold The Miracle
Billie The Vision And The Dancers – Groovy