Tragedy >For Us<

DJ Setlist June 24th, 2017

Tragedy >For Us< returned to the Urban Bar, this time as a purely DJed event.  The lineup was the same as Tragedy >For Two< in 2015, as I was joined by Nathan Nothing and guest DJ traumahound.

Set 1

Note that the early part of this set wasn’t strictly in tune with the events music policy, but it’s clear that was the direction the requests were going in, so I played to the crowd.

Agonoize – Femme Fatale
Funker Vogt – Maschine Zeit
VNV Nation – Control
Die Krupps – Metal Machine Music
Nitzer Ebb – Murderous
Armageddon Dildos – The Constant Beat
Bodystyler – Your Boots
NordarR – Alarm!
Cephalgy – Gott Maschine Vaterland
Camouflage – The Great Commandment

Set 2

Front 242 – Welcome To Paradise
Kloq – Push It
Nitzer Ebb – Warsaw Ghetto
Kraftwerk – The Robots
Laibach – Alle Gegen Alle
Severed Heads – Heart of the Party
A Split-Second – Flesh
Absolute Body Control – Figures
Eleven Pond – Watching Trees
Chris & Cosey – Just Like You

Set 3

Front 242 – Tragedy >For Me<
NIN – That’s What I Get
Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down (Aggro Mix)
The Normal – Warm Leatherette
Suicide – Rocket USA
Jean-Michel Jarre – La Cage
Vangelis – Pulstar

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DJ Terminates Here vs DJ The Scot – June 2017

DJ Setlist June 18th, 2017

After the Alternative Bring’n'Buy Sale, Scott and I continued at Aces and Eights.  As usual, most of the tracks played were requests.

Set 1

Wolfsheim – The Sparrows and The Nightingales
Visage – Fade To Grey
The Sisters Of Mercy – Lucretia, My Reflection
The 69 Eyes – Gothic Girl
HIM – Rip Out The Wings Of A Butterfly
Ramones – Beat On The Brat
Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
Cream – I Feel Free
AC/DC – Highway To Hell
The Runaways – Cherry Bomb
The Pretenders – Don’t Get Me Wrong
No Doubt – Sunday Morning
Muse – Uprising

Set 2

REM – Losing My Religion
Nirvana – Come As You Are
Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
Black Sabbath – War Pigs
Eagles – Hotel California
Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watch Tower
Blue Oyster Card – Don’t Fear The Reaper
Queen – One Vision
Van Halen – You Really Got Me

Set 3

New Order – Blue Monday ’88
B-Movie – Remembrance Day
Kraftwerk – Das Model
Gary Numan – I Die:You Die
Genesis – Land Of Confusion
Mike Oldfield – Wonderful Land
Hawkwind – Silver Machine
The Doors – People Are Strange
The Beatles – Across The Universe
David Bowie – Space Oddity

Final Tag-Team

Scott’s tracks are in italics.

Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
Pink Floyd – High Hopes
Lou Reed – Berlin
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Nick Cave – The Ship Song
Chris Rea – Fool (If You Think It’s Over)
Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon
Billy Bragg – The Man In The Iron Mask
Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around

Outro: Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene IV

Alternative Bring’n’Buy Sale – June 2017

DJ Setlist June 18th, 2017

Back to the Tufnell Park Dome on what was probably the hottest day of the year so far.  Thank you air-con!  Scott McMahon and I handled the soundtrack to London’s long-running alternative shopping experience.  After all these years, I still find plenty of ways to avoid repeating myself.

12 noon-1pm – Darkwave to Synthpop

Collection d’Arnell-Andréa – Les Cendre-Lisières
Arcana Obscura – Forgotten Lakes
Bel Canto – Spiderdust
Hante. – Infinite Particles of Us
Schneewittchen – Rosengarten
Anne Clark – Wallies
Diffuzion – City Of Dust
Scheuber – Human
Neuroactive – Mécanique
Blind Passenger – Digital Criminal
Glass Apple Bonzai – Too Late To Let Go
Northern Lite – Trouble Makes Good Songs
Daily Planet – Radioactive Love
John Foxx and The Maths – Evergreen
The Human League – Being Boiled
Kite – Jonny Boy

2pm-3pm – Various Electro-Industrial Tunes

Covenant – Slowmotion
Liquid Divine – Click
Binary Park – The Deviated
Voyou – Houseman
Massiv In Mensch – Dark Rave
Negative Format – Spectral Analysis
ES23 – About A God
Tactical Sekt – Xfixiation
Interlace – Under The Sky (Club Version)
Controlled Collapse – Selfless
New Mind – Forge
Limbo – Libido Mater Nostra
Pain Station – Closer To The Edge
Klangstabil – Regelkreisauslöser

4pm-5pm – Gothic Rock, Post-Punk and Punk

Killing Joke – Change
Bauhaus – Lagartija Nick
Phillip Boa and The Voodoo Club – So What
Nosferatu – Torturous
Henke – Vom A Zum F
Sisters Of Mercy – Walk Away
1919 – Cry Wolf
Warsaw – Walked In Line
Section 25 – Dirty Disco
A Certain Ratio – The Fox
Psychic TV – Ov Power
The Pop Group – We Are All Prostitutes
Raincoats – Fairytale In The Supermarket
Penetration – Don’t Dictate
Rezillos – Top Of The Pops
Adverts – Gary Gilmore’s Eyes
The Oppressed – Ultraviolence
Sham 69 – Hurry Up Harry (we’re going down the pub)

5pm – Tag-Team Finale

Quite short as we had more to do….

Theme From ‘Batman’
Intermittent Explosive Disorder – Who Said You Could Die, You Bastard?
Monty Python – Knights Of The Round Table

Ich Will

DJ Setlist June 16th, 2017

Returned to the DJ booth at The Lounge/Nightclub Kollis at ICH WILL – the first Rammstein-themed London club night.  Technical issues resulted in my first set being extended by an hour, plus a little extra at the close of the night.  A quite amazing night all being told – Here’s what I played.

Set 1

The extended nature of my set meant I played one track from every Rammstein album in this set, plus a couple more from singles and a number of non-R+ requests.

Rammstein – Ohne Dich (Mina Harker’s version by Laibach)
Witt – Wo versteckt sich Gott (VNV Nation Remix)
Author + Punisher – Cauterize
Die Krupps – Isolation
Rammstein – Eifersucht
Mortiis – Decadent and Decadent
Sepultura – Orgasmatron
Korn – Blind
Disturbed – Down With The Sickness
Rammstein – Rein Raus
Ministry – Just One Fix
Skinny Puppy – Tin Omen
Rammstein – Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flammen Sehen?
Stahlmann – Stahlmann
Oomph! – Augen Auf
Unheilig – Maschine
Erdling – Mein Element
Rammstein – Mein Teil
Gothminister – Angel
ASP – Ich Will Brennen
Lord Of The Lost – Die Tommorrow
Rammstein – Benzin
Eisbrecher – Vergissmeinnicht
Megaherz – Rock Me Amadeus
Stabbing Westward – Save Yourself
Revolting Cocks – Beers, Steers and Queers
Rammstein – Stripped
Nine Inch Nails – Sin (Short)
Rammstein – Pussy

Set 2

What to do when the last two requests are for Blutengel and Slipknot.

Rammstein – Moskau
Type O Negative – My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend
Paradise Lost – One Second
Blutengel – You Walk Away
Cubanate – Oxyacetylene
Slipknot – People = Shit
Rammstein – Ich Will
Rammstein – Seeman/Du Riechst So Gut (Terminates Here/Vade Retro crossfade version)

20 Years Of Live Music

News June 8th, 2017

Today is the 20th Anniversary of my first ever live concert.  I’ve taken the brief break in DJ action in the past month or so as a chance to write the story of the many and varied experiences I’ve had along the way.  As long-form text isn’t favoured by everyone these days, I’ve provided it in two formats.  Either Click Here to read it in blog form:

Too Loud In ‘Ere – 20 Years Of Live Music

Or here to download it in PDF form:

Too Loud In Ere

It should be readable on any device that supports the format (most of them, these days).

20 Years Of Live Music: Credits

Article June 8th, 2017

This has been a story of one man’s adventure in the world of live music, but it has not been a totally solo effort. A thank-you is due to all the below.

Mandy Graves for her significant role in the final quarter of this story.

Steve Weeks for getting me into events I would not have otherwise been able to attend.

Bryon Adamson for modus operandi.

Rob from Coventry (sorry mate, that’s how everyone refers to you!) for my M’era Luna introduction.

The independent promoters (some still going, some not, all part of the tale): Flag Promotions, NMTCG, Synchrotrax, Infest, Armalyte and the clubs Reptile, Dead and Buried, Slimelight and Monster Truck.

I cannot name every band, but a friendly wave to a number of local acts where I know at least one member (most are still going in some fashion, a few are not): Die Kur, System:FX, Maxdmyz, Mechanical Cabaret, Killing Miranda (now under a new name), RBN (ditto, can’t keep these two apart, can I?), Deviant UK, Swarf. Earth Loop Recall/This Is Radio Silence, Black Light Ascension, DJ Translight, Inertia, Tenek, Global Citizen, Machine Rox, Paresis, Kommand + Kontrol, STAB Electronics, Bleak, Terminal Gods, Special Love/Grimbergen, Psyche, Autodafeh, Lizard Smile, Rome Burns/Hi-Reprociwatisname, The Memepunks, Drilling Spree, Ventenner, Standgericht, Lilygun,

 

Rest In Peace

Musicians I have seen on stage who have since departed this mortal coil.

John Murphy (Knifeladder and Countless Others)

Paul Raven (Killing Joke and Ministry)

Mike Scaccia (Ministry)

Steve Strange (Visage)

Frank Tovey (Fad Gadget)

Peter Steele (Type O Negative)

Alan Vega (Suicide)

Chris Squire (Yes)

There is a good chance I’ve missed some names, I’ve only included those I know for sure.

That’s all for now – if you started here, you might want to go back to the start.

20 Years Of Live Music: Top xx Lists

Article, Top xx List June 8th, 2017

Some more lists for the TL:DR people reading this, or those who simply haven’t had enough yet.

 

10 Bands Seen The Most Times

  1. System:FX – 21
  2. Die Kur – 20
  3. Greenhaus – 16
  4. VNV Nation – 15 (+1 “only saw half”)
  5. Diary Of Dreams – 14
  6. MaxDmyz – 13 (+2 curtailed sets)
  7. Deviant UK – 13
  8. Mechanical Cabaret – 13
  9. RBN – 13 (later renamed Stok:Holm, but I never saw them under this title)
  10. Killing Miranda – 12 (and there’s a bit of ‘previous’ putting these two back-to-back…)

Bubbling under….Inertia and Deathboy on 11, AlterRed on 10. I reckon Global Citizen, Machine Rox and Black Light Ascension will all hit double figures soon.

Either Diary of Dreams or VNV count as highest scoring ‘overseas’ band, depending on what nationality you count VNV as, but the three bands above have all had members from overseas too, be it in the live band or as their primary creative force.

Killing Miranda win the prize for the “band seen the most times with exactly the same line upon each occasion”. Unless you count Chewbacca on keyboards one time. Die Kur will probably pass System:FX for first place before 2017 is out. Only about half of these projects are still gigging frequently.

 

20 Bands I Want To See But Haven’t Yet

Oddly, I need only attend Rock Werchter 2017 to bag the top 2, but with barely anything else on the line-up I want to see and the fact that I’ve ‘checked out’ of attending outdoor festivals, we’ll have to wait for a big arena show somewhere.

  1. Radiohead
  2. System Of A Down
  3. Armageddon Dildos
  4. The Cure
  5. Die Form
  6. Aphex Twin
  7. Siouxsie Sioux (under any name)
  8. Mentallo & The Fixer
  9. Moby
  10. Synapscape
  11. Metallica
  12. Machine Head
  13. Rob Zombie
  14. New Order
  15. Spray
  16. X Marks The Pedwalk
  17. Acumen Nation
  18. Staubkind
  19. Garbage
  20. Fortification 55

 

20 Best Performances, Ever

Keeping this to one-per-band, and barring the first few, the order is pretty arbitrary. If you want the story of each gig, go back a few pages

  1. Rammstein at Brixton – December 2001
  2. In Extremo at M’era Luna – August 2004
  3. NIN at The Astoria – March 2005
  4. Fear Factory at The Astoria – December 1998
  5. Front 242 at WGT – May 2007
  6. The Beauty Of Gemina at WGT – May 2015
  7. Rotersand at Elektrowerkz – November 2006
  8. ELR at The Water Rats – February 2004
  9. Leæther Strip at WGT – May 2013
  10. Deine Lakaien at WGT – June 2006
  11. Diary Of Dreams at Gotham – May 2000 (but could have been one of many here)
  12. CHANT. at Infest – August 2015
  13. VNV Nation at The Scala – December 2012
  14. Front Line Assembly (now with Real Leeb!) at WGT – June 2014
  15. Saltatio Mortis at WGT – June 2008
  16. The Human League at WGT – May 2005
  17. Project Pitchfork at Islington Academy – October 2009
  18. Kraftwerk at The Tate Modern – February 2012
  19. Revolting Cocks at WGT – June 2017
  20. mind.in.a.box at Infest – August 2010

Onto the credits, or back to the start.

20 Years Of Live Music: The End, And After?

Article June 8th, 2017

The story ends neatly at the 20 year mark, with plenty of shows still to look forward to later in 2017 and new bands appearing all of the time. But will I still be going to these shows in another 20 years? Hard to say. The prospects beyond the next few years simply aren’t as good as they have been of late, with the demonisation of music venues and the complications of Brexit refusing to go away.

Regardless of individual views, I can’t deny that the free movement within the EU has allowed many bands to play here that wouldn’t otherwise have been able to do so, not to mention a number of promoters and significant proportions of the audience who have come to the UK of their own free will and played a part in our live music experiences.

On the plus side, the growth of the internet has allowed music to cross borders even when the bands themselves do not, and unless they criminalise streaming or even block it at source, the sounds will always make it to these shores thanks to those who know where to look.

Also have to consider the health issues of gigging – it’s probably already had a impact on my hearing, and the ‘beer and junkfood’ diet that accompanies such events doesn’t help either. There are precautions one could take, but after 20 years of such behaviour, I’m simply not convinced I could enjoy the shows as much without the ‘throw caution to the wind’ mentality.

But anyway, as I write this, there are plenty of bands still left to see, and Brexit or no Brexit, we’ll find a way to see them. But I do have other musical objectives in the DJ booth, and as I’ve said several times throughout the text, that is a story in its own right. And I’ll have a go at telling it next year.

Onto the Top xx Lists, or back to the start.

20 Years Of Live Music: 2017

Article June 8th, 2017

2017 is a story as yet unwritten in full, as the 20-year mark where this tale draws to a close arrives in the middle. And hence a lengthy write-up is beyond me, as I don’t have a years worth of context to build the gigging tales round. But there is one event that does justify a bit more, and those of you who have read this far can probably guess what it is.

 

June 2017 – Get Around, Get Around, I Get Around (When it’s time to go, I’m the first to know)

WGT 2017 was always intended as my 20th anniversary of gigging. It was perhaps indicative of the significance that the itinerary for the weekend was planned with enormous precision, going as far as to print out the Monkeypress.de timetable and tracing ideal paths with highlighter pen.

And as if to give me a sign, the travel gods smiled upon me and the plan just ‘worked’. 21 bands were seen in all, of which only one (Skinny Puppy) I had seen before. And with such treats as an all-star cast reviving the Dorsetshire name or Autodafeh up-close-and-personal in the Mortizbastei, this was not a case of scratching around for something to do. But it just so turned out that the two biggest highlights of my festival occurred at the same venue, two nights apart. The Stadtbad, a old swimming baths converted into a venue, would host both.

The first was Kite, a synthpop band from Sweden, but somewhat different from the standard-issue Vince Clarke wannabes (many of whom I admit are bloody good at it!). A stage set that projected images onto satellite dishes, neon piping on the keyboards and a vocalist whose voice it was hard to draw any comparisons to (Demis Roussous is the closest I could get). Add some excellent songwriting and a well-considered running order (‘Castle of Sand’ makes such an epic finale) and it really was a case of an act in an overcrowded genre devising something truly unique.

The second was Revolting Cocks. A band that had existed in an on-off fashion for many years, with a Revolving Lineup. The current form of the band didn’t feature Al Jourgensen, and with Luc Van Acker off sick, there were doubts over the legitimacy of the lineup. No, I’m lying. There weren’t. Richard 23 was back in the band, Chris Connelly was on-board too, as was Paul Barker. With two Acumen Nation members on loan, it was still an industrial supergroup worth seeing.

With R23 handing the first half of the show (the ‘Big Sexy Land’ album) and Chris Connelly the second half (everything else), the thing that amazed me is how such a motley assortment of musicians could come together to actually play a surprisingly tight set (despite a brief ‘total technical’ early on). It was also a reminder that even if their albums weren’t the most finely-tuned things ever to be pressed onto vinyl or silver disc, there were more than enough good tracks to build a set, and with an encore of ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’, it was a true case of a performance far beyond expectations. Who else could make Skinny Puppy of all people seem like an anti-climax?

 

Plus these snapshots…..

Already proving to be a great year.

  • Three bands beginning with B to start the year – Black Light Ascension, B-Movie, Blue Zoo. Sang along quite loudly to ‘Remembrance Day’.
  • Another punk double-header (The Rezillos, Spizzenergi) followed by a WGT-style venue hop to see Die Kur play a late set at The Unicorn.
  • Unexpected appearance of Deviant UK supporting Orgy, reminded how good they could be.
  • Last-minute decision to see Aurelio Voltaire the Dome. Don’t normally go for this kind of gig, but this was entertaining! Solo singer-songwriters have to more than strum and sing to work a crowd, this guy certainly grasps that!
  • Finally saw Pig and Cubanate, two elusive 90s industrial names finally back on the road.
  • Diary of Dreams supported by Empathy Test – does Friday evening get better, ever?

Onto the ending, or back to the start.

20 Years Of Live Music: 2016

Article June 8th, 2017

For 2016, I’ve decided not to write a detailed account of WGT or Infest. That’s not to reflect badly on either event, just that I can’t spin any lengthy tale about WGT 2016 that isn’t a slightly-modified version of one you’ve already read. As for Infest 2016, that’s coming in a future piece….so here’s a few less-obvious tales of live music instead.

 

April 2016 – Who Said You Could Die, You Bastard?!

I’ve never really done ‘conventions’, mainly due to my lack of affiliation to one thing at the expense of others. But I do love a certain brand of British Comedy. The death of Rik Mayall came as shock, hitting particularly hard given I’d found out on the train home from the airport during my post-WGT 2014 comedown. Luckily, his fanbase rallied round on social media soon after. Credit must go to my old friend Penny for being the crux of this – she also handles the Infest Army page on Facebook.

This gathering grew into real-world meetups and finally the convention RikCon. Hired for the 2016 event was comedy band “Intermittent Explosive Disorder”. Not content to simply dish out a selection from their repertoire, they’d put together a RikCon set, opening with the theme to ‘The Young Ones’ and then delivering a series of parody tunes referencing moments from Rik’s career. ‘Common People’ became a Alan B’Stard anthem (‘Everybody Hates a Tory’), whilst The Carpenters were turned on their heads with ‘Please Mr Gas Man’ – a totally unexpected twist on what I happen to think is the funniest half-hour of comedy of all time.

And then their ‘original’ for the night – “Who Said You Could Die, You Bastard?!’, a four-minute impersonation of Vyvyan from The Young Ones with a suitable foul-mouthed ‘tribute’ to every Rik role they could think of. Tributes to a man like Rik Mayall have always been heartfelt, but they need not be respectful. A man who was essentially a ‘punk’ comic could not be written into history without at least a little bad taste aimed in his direction. The singer did his voice in with that showing, leaving Lee Cornes (a comic from the same era as Rik) to come on stage to reprise his Dick Head role from Bottom for the final song.

It wasn’t the only Rik tribute I’d see that year – The Damned dedicated ‘Video Nasty’ to him when we saw them in our punk-laden late 2016 live music flurry. The only one of the guest bands from The Young Ones I’ve seen live to date (are Madness still touring?). Though I did miss out Nine Below Zero by one room at some point in Freshers Week way back in 1997.

 

All Through 2016 – Punk Rocks!

Indeed, It’s probably the right moment to bring up The Damned again, as 2016 was notable for a year-long celebration of Punk across London, and history tells us that it was the Damned who ‘got there first’. There was no shortage of events to attend as part of the celebrations, and we also went to plenty of punk-oriented gigs that weren’t officially connected to the 40 years thing(they weren’t all London-oriented either), but since when has punk been official about anything?

I won’t go into detail about all the gigs, so instead have some extended length snapshots!

  • Not actually in London, but hey, stop me – The late confirmation of Public Image Ltd playing a midnight special (actually 1 am) at WGT – the set featured a semi-cover of Leftfield’s Open Up, a song the original band don’t play, so the guest singer took it for his own band!
  • Discovery of a venue in Tottenham called T Chances which just reeked of old-school punk spirit (but without the shit layout of Power Lunches). We were actually there for an industrial-themed charity show headlined by Black Light Ascension, but this inevitably led to….
  • Blank Generation – The final day of a three-day punk festival back T Chances. All very raucous, plenty of unknown bands, but a final run of The Members, The Lurkers, The Outcasts and 999 ensured we bagged a few minor legends in the process.
  • Seeing Television in Brixton, a band that straddles either side of punk without actually being it.
  • Bad Religion and Offspring in Hammersmith the night before the fateful EU Referendum…getting both Crazy Taxi bands in one go was a coup, a pity the gig was full of twats rather than punks. An argument with a bigoted Brexiter with some indeterminate provincial accent (a ‘little Englander’ if you like) in the pub afterwards proved some people just didn’t ‘get’ what this whole style of music was meant to be about.
  • First sight of Youth Code live. For those of you wondering why they get in here, they’re anarcho in spirit if not in musicology – the kind of thing the angry women of punk would have sounded like if they’d gotten into Nitzer Ebb and Front 242 rather than all the three-chord-discord stuff.
  • A gathering outside The Greyhound in Croydon to pay tribute to that town’s part in this story – Captain Sensible was one of the speakers, and even performed an acoustic ‘New Rose’ (even though he wasn’t actually the singer of the Damned……)
  • Killing Joke’s near-perfect set at the Brixton Academy, a band who did more than most to take the principle of punk and build in so many elements without losing their tribal fury.
  • Turning up at the Plough and Harrow in Leytonstone expecting to see Rubella Ballet. They cancelled due to illness late in the day (though we got in free as compensation), so we watched Airdrop and Country Hospital instead.
  • The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – the most punk of the steampunks, with Andrew O’Neill’s stand-up act as support.
  • The Damned, supported by Penetration, using ELP’s ‘Fanfare To The Common’ man as their intro tape as an ironic statement of everything they sought to destroy. The death of Keith Emerson earlier in the year (Greg Lake to follow soon after) did not affect this stance.
  • Sham 69 and UK Subs shortly before Christmas, an Oi! double billing, with Charlie Harper (now a grandad in his 70s) getting in the festive spirit by playing my favourite festive single of the lot – Hey Santa.

 

Plus these snapshots…..

It wasn’t just punk rock, you know……

  • Das Ich back in London again, and this time rose to the challenge of entertaining an audience that for the most part didn’t understand their lyrics (a trick usually reserved for Rammstein)
  • Author & Punisher – bringing the one-man band concept to industrial, and I DON’T mean by standing behind a laptop – a hand-built mechanical performance rig of a kind I’d never seen before and probably won’t see again anywhere else.
  • Laibach touring the show they put together for North Korea based around ‘The Sound Of Music’.
  • OMD performing ‘Dazzle Ships’ and ‘Architecture and Morality’ at the Albert Hall, only time I’d been inside there despite having lived round the corner once (twice actually).
  • Plastic Noise Experience covering ‘Moving Hands’ by Klinik at around the same time Dirk Ivens was performing it in his all-projects show across town. These two really should have been in the same venue!
  • Test Dept. playing the Dome (the first DJ Terminates Here venue) on the day it was announced I was Djing at Infest.
  • Waking up in Naples, making it home to London, unpacked, sorted out all the details and STILL making it out to see The Last Dance and The Last Cry with The Last of My Funds.
  • Blood Axis finally making it to London. I nearly wrote a long piece about this but as the mere existence of this project seems to be an issue with some people, I won’t take it any further here.

On to 2017, or back to the start.