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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:
 

5 June 2015 Lunar Festival, Umberslade Estate, Warwickshire


Number of known performances:
 
49
 
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:
 
  1. 25 April 2010  The Warehouse, Aberdeen
  2. 29 April 2010  Tripod, Dublin 
  3. 2 May 2010  Keele University, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  4. 7 May 2010  O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 
  5. 8 May 2010  The Palace, Aldershot
  6. 9 May 2010  Concorde 2, Brighton 
  7. 11 May 2010  O2 Academy, Birmingham
  8. 15 May 2010  Cheese and Grain, Frome
  9. 16 May 2010  All Tomorrow's Parties, Butlin's Holiday Camp, Minehead. 
  10. 19 May 2010  O2 Academy, Liverpool 
  11. 23 May 2010  The Castle, Oldham
  12. 24 May 2010  FAC251, Manchester
  13. 25 May 2010  FAC251, Manchester
  14. 27 May 2010  Primavera Sound festival, Barcelona
  15. 7 August 2010  Orihuela, Spain
  16. 14 August 2010  Summer Sundae, De Monfort Hall, Leicester
  17. 21 August 2010   For Noise Festival, Pully, Switzerland
  18. 12 September 2010  Salford Music Festival, The Ritz, Manchester
  19. 21 November 2010  Festival Saint Ghetto, Bern, Switzerland 
  20. 23 November 2010  Electric Ballroom, Camden, London
  21. 24 November 2010   De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-on-Sea
  22. 25 November 2010  Picturedrome, Holmfirth
  23. 28 November 2010  The Assembly, Leamington Spa
  24. 7 December 2010  Studio, Sydney, Australia
  25. 9 December 2010  HiFi, Brisbane, Australia
  26. 13 December 2010  Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand
  27. 27 January 2011  PTR, Geneva, Switzerland
  28. 11 February 2011 Salzhaus, Winterthur, Switzerland
  29. 1 June 2011  Moho Live, Manchester
  30. 2 July 2011  Stanley Theatre, Liverpool
  31. 20 July 2012  Roísín Dubh, Galway
  32. 21 July 2012  Pavilion Bar, Cork
  33. 21 November 2012 The Arches, Glasgow
  34. 23 November 2012  Tokyo, Hull
  35. 26 November 2012  Factory 251, Manchester
  36. 30 November 2012  Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
  37. 4 December 2012  The Old Market, Hove
  38. 5 December 2012  Islington Assembly Hall, London
  39. 6 December 2012  Islington Assembly Hall, London
  40. 8 May 2013  Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast
  41. 27 September 2014  Lower Kersal Social Club, Salford (aborted)
  42. 24 April 2015 Electric, Brixton
  43. 25 April 2015 St Mary in the Castle, Hastings
  44. 26 April 2015 Arts Centre, Norwich
  45. 23 May 2015 Riverside, Newcastle
  46. 27 May 2015 Sub89 Reading
  47. 29 May 2015 Manchester Cathedral
  48. 31 May 2015 The Globe, Cardiff
  49. 5 June 2015 Lunar Festival, Umberslade Estate, Warwickshire


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