As I am a big Madness fan, I was looking forward to seeing ‘Our House’ at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. Not knowing that much in advance about the story, other than it was based on the songs of Madness, I expected a sort of light ‘Mamma Mia’ type show. I was also looking forward to some fantastic dancing as I have seen Bilston Operatic Company productions before.
The story was actually a lot more intense and intelligent than I expected. It is briefly a kind of ‘Sliding Doors’ idea about a young man (Joe Casey) who turns 16 and to impress a girl (Sarah) breaks into a house to shelter from the rain. He then has to make the choice of whether to do the right thing and hand himself over to the police, or to follow in the footsteps of his late father in a life of crime.
Echo & The Bunnymen have always been one of the cooler bands associated with the 80’s, resisting ‘cheesy’ songs and somehow blending underground, punk, psychedelia, rock and pop with an air of mystique and elegance.
The song that led me to discover them in the first place was their cover of The Doors’ ‘People are Strange’ from the epic ‘Lost Boys’ Soundtrack. I was therefore looking forward to hearing this performed live at the Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall, but unfortunately it wasn’t part of their set-list!
That minor disappointment aside though, Echo & The Bunnymen still gave out a fantastic performance. If anything, Ian McCulloch’s more rugged vocals suit their style of music even better now and he still has kept great pitch and power.