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  • Along with promoter friend Barry Hogan the band cooked up The Bowlie Weekender, at Pontin's holiday camp in Camber Sands in April ( 'bowlie' being a approving term invented by a friend of Murdoch's), which the band headlined along with a handpicked bill of available and affordable favourites - The Flaming Lips (the first show of their Soft Bulletin spectaculars, about which Stuart David was moved to ask on stage "did anybody have their lives changed by the Flaming Lips last night?"), Sleater-Kinney, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Teenage Fanclub, Godspeed You!

    Sweeping The Nation 2008


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  • I'll send a dress to you

    Because it's needing badly taken in

    But I was so embarrassed that I missed your party

    It was me that paid for it eventually

    Because you know how much I wanted

    To meet your friend the star of stage and local press

    The dream of all the bowlie kids that hang around here

    And I'm no different from the rest

    I'm not too proud to say that I'm OK

    With the girl next door who's famous for showing her chest.

    (The model, by Belle and Sebastian)

    November 26, 2008