The Smokiní Jackets Great Baddow Parish Hall 31.10.09
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The Smokin’ Jackets

Great Baddow Parish Hall



An 8.30 start for a spooky night at the heart of the village for a fund raiser for Andrea’s Rainbow’s group. They had Booked covers band the Smokin’ Jackets and had to get so many people to break even. I know Andrea and Colin were sweating on getting enough of a crowd but they didn’t have to worry, as nearly 100 lost souls were present for this Halloween fright fest. It was fancy dress and many a zombie and witch crawled out of the crypt for this one. I must say, I didn’t make much of an effort only wearing a mask, but I felt a bit overdressed compared to the rest of our little crew. Apart from Maurice (another mask), Angela (Witches hat) and Lee (full witches garb) we looked a bit out of place.

The band started dead on time with a rendition of “Come up and see me make me smile,” you could see and hear they are a very polished 5 piece outfit as soon as they started. The set list might go a bit awry as the songs will probably go out of sequence, there will be songs I forgot and ones that I thought I heard, but they didn’t play. I was still euphoric after a memorable trip to the Emirates watching L’Arse giving the Spuds a good lesson in football. After the opener I definitely heard “Brown eyed girl,” “Maggie May,” Should I stay or should I go,” “I saw her standing there” and “Money.” Colin also got up and gave a version of “Happy hour,” to every bodies enjoyment. He looked and sounded the aging rock star that he is now becoming and is getting better after his sell out show in Llorett in September. This then ended the first set with band not only supplying the live music, but also the wheels of steel from the disco.


The second set was as the first, well played and really good fun. It’s great to see everybody enjoying themselves; I even saw Ash and Dave tap their feet once. I didn’t see Spen move though.The greatest revelation was Barry not drinking, it has, made him into a dance freak, he told me “I don’t need booze to dance,” which is just as well because if he danced when he had a drink, I’m sure he would be on Strictly Come Dancing on a Saturday night. The tunes just kept on coming “Baggy trousers,” with the original Nutty boys, Mo & Colin dancing up a frenzy, “A town called malice,” for Ro all this with more contempary artist such as the Kaiser Chiefs, Dandy Warhols and the Zutons. All this ended with Colin doing a great version of “Going Underground.” . It all ended, as all 70’s disco’s end with a smooch to “you do something to me.” What more could you ask for, I even won a bottle of port in the raffle.


I would like to thank chief witch Andrea, head zombie Colin, the band and everybody who put time and effort into making the night a success and worthwhile.


Duncan Nov 09