Monkey Mafia Live At Warwick University (24/6/98)
Jon Carter was first on the stage, and the intro of 'Make Jah Music' was already under way when the others appeared. The crowd got into it straight away, but the stakes were raised even higher as the next track began - a hybrid of 'Blow The Whole Joint Up' and the vocals from 'I Am Fresh'. I'm not a huge fan of Douge's vocal style, but in a live setting it really fires up the crowd.
The high point of the gig for me was 'Whore Of Babylon' - I remember turning to my friend as it began and saying that I didn't think it'd work in a live setting, but I was utterly wrong! The tribal rhythm pounded the arena, and when the tune sped up halfway through, the crowd went mad. Only problem was that the track seemed to last for hours and nobody could stop dancing, so everyone was knackered afterwards!
After the gig I got to meet some of the band, who it has to be said are really good blokes! I'm a bit gutted though, because I would have been able to meet Carter himself had I not had to go and look for one of my friends, who had gone missing. Still, maybe next time!
Full set listing:
Make Jah Music
Blow The Whole Joint Up / (I Am Fresh)
Dunno what this one was but it was okay!
Whore of Babylon
Healing Of The Nation
Retreat Wicked Man