The Buzz Club: Kinky Machine & Elastica 12th June 1993

Ultimate Records was based on Royal College Street in Camden, just opposite The Falcon. There was a rehearsal studio near by and a squat where various bands hung out round the corner. As such, lots musicians would wander passed or into our offices all the time. I often used to bump into Justine and Donna and heard about their new band, ElasticaJustine stopped for a chat one day and said they were about to play their first gigs and could they play The Buzz Club? I knew she used to be in Suede and that she was currently going out with Damon from Blur but most importantly knew she was cool, I liked her and so of course said ‘yes’. I offered them the support slot with Kinky Machine on 12th June 1993.

Although Kinky Machine had a bit of a following, (we had around 125 people in), historically, this night was all about the support band. John Mulvey from the ‘NME’ came down to give them their first live review, and he got it spot on.

John reminded me, years later, that Damon had been near by filming a Blur video and so came to the gig. John also tells me Damon threw a pint at Louis from Kinky Machine – the things you miss when you’re upstairs sorting the money to pay the bands with out!

Here are Kinky Machine, recorded again on ‘The Beat’, a couple of week’s after their Buzz Club appearance.

Louis Eliot, lead singer has a great cockney accent considering his family Stately Home is Port Eliot, the ancestral seat of the 11th Earl of St Germans and later the site of the Port Eliot Festival.

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