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Weather Report 2

Written by:
 
Mark E Smith, Eleni Poulou

 
Initial release:
 
Your Future Our Clutter, Domino Recording Company WIGLP245  LP; WIGCD245 CD
 
[Original US release: Domino USA CD (CD-DNO-264) 18 May 2010 LP LP-DNO-264; 4 May 2010
Original Australian/New Zealand release: EMI Australia CD 6334242); 26 April 2010
 
Date:
 
26 April 2010
 
Group on initial recording:
 
Mark E Smith - vocals; Peter  Greenway - guitar; David Spurr - bass; Keiron Melling - drums; Eleni Poulou - keyboards
 
First played at:
 
25 April 2010 The Warehouse, Aberdeen
 
Last played at:
 
8 May 2013 Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast
 
Number of known performances:
 
41
 
Commentary:
 
The following is from an interview with MES by Tim Cumming, in The Quietus, 24 April 2010 (full version here: http://www.theartsdesk.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1371:theartsdesk-qa-mark-e-smith&Itemid=30)
 
Cumming: Is "Weather Report 2" a personal song?

MES: Yes it is. It’s one of the later ones. It is actually the last song recorded. It’s fitting that it’s the last song on the LP. It wasn’t meant to be like that actually. It’s a lot of people’s favourite as far as I can work out. If I’d have had my way, actually, I would have had it more instrumental. The only reason there’s a lot of vocals on there is the way we recorded it, it was quite difficult. We did that in Salford with Ding [Archer] in his studio. So it’s like you’ve got to do it very quick. The idea of it was to co-op an acoustic track with a machine track. Then I reversed it. Then Ding said, "If it’s going to work –" I was going to sing bits and bobs over it, just joining it up – and he said, "You can’t do that because we need a vocal level". So a lot of that is getting levels. They are the lyrics for it, but the middle bits – they’ve come out very well, and the end bits, I would’ve chopped them out, but they work out very well. It’s good that I didn’t have too much of a say in the matter! [Laughter]

Cumming: It’s a haunting end to that song, that last intake of breath.

MES: That’s right, that’s not meant to be there. [Pause, then quietly] Bit strange, isn’t it.

Cumming: Is that the process of fortunate accidents, chance operations?

MES: Very much so, yeah. On that one definitely. It’s a sound experiment, with things about whirlpools and esoteric lyrics over it, and it turned into that. I’m very pleased with it.
 
 
Gigs played at:
 
25 April 2010 The Warehouse, Aberdeen
29 April 2010 Tripod, Dublin
2 May 2010 Keele University, Newcastle-under-Lyme
7 May 2010 O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
8 May 2010 The Palace, Aldershot
9 May 2010 Concorde 2, Brighton
11 May 2010 O2 Academy, Birmingham
15 May 2010 Cheese and Grain, Frome
16 May 2010 All Tomorrow's Parties, Butlin's Holiday Camp, Minehead.
19 May 2010 O2 Academy, Liverpool 
23 May 2010 The Castle, Oldham
24 May 2010 FAC251, Manchester
25 May 2010 FAC251, Manchester
27 May 2010 Primavera Sound festival, Barcelona
7 August 2010 Orihuela, Spain
14 August 2010  Summer Sundae, De Monfort Hall, Leicester
21 August 2010  For Noise Festival, Pully, Switzerland
12 September 2010  Salford Music Festival, The Ritz, Manchester
21 November 2010  Festival Saint Ghetto, Bern, Switzerland
23 November 2010  Electric Ballroom, Camden, London
24 November 2010   De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-on-Sea
25 November 2010  Picturedrome, Holmfirth
28 November 2010  The Assembly, Leamington Spa
7 December 2010  Studio, Sydney, Australia
9 December 2010 HiFi, Brisbane, Australia
13 December 2010 Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand
27 January 2011 PTR, Geneva, Switzerland
11 February 2011 Salzhaus, Winterthur, Switzerland
1 June 2011 Koko, London
3 June 2011 Moho Live, Manchester
2 July 2011Stanley Theatre, Liverpool
20 July 2012 Roísín Dubh, Galway
21 July 2012 Pavilion Bar, Cork
21 November 2012 The Arches, Glasgow
23 November 2012 Tokyo, Hull
26 November 2012 Factory 251, Manchester
30 November 2012 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
4 December 2012 The Old Market, Hove
5 December 2012 Islington Assembly Hall, London
6 December 2012 Islington Assembly Hall, London
8 May 2013 Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast
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