The Field Mice for a Sunday night. As promised, when I posted the 1990 Peel session I said I was going to post their farewell concert shortly after. And several readers asked; when?
Listening to this show, and knowing it was the last one strikes me as particularly sad and poignant. I don’t know the reasons for the breakup – according to Wikipedia, it was the result of a “fractious tour” – which leaves the door open for a wide range of possibilities. But suffice to say that, listening to this show, and hearing their earlier Peel session, I am struck with the feeling of “why the hell did you break up?” – they were a wonderfully engaging and lyrical band – several cuts above a lot of bands around at the time – I thought Annemari Davies’ voice was haunting and other-worldly. They were pretty damned perfect and perfect for the time.
But . . .water under the bridge. People break up for practically no reason, so why shouldn’t bands? It just seemed a shame that, between the Peel session and the final gig a lot of growth had taken place. It would have been incredible to hear where it was all going to lead, and how much more influential they would have been, had they stayed together.
You can go insane pondering the what-ifs. Shit happens – you have no control over it. Feelings change and you don’t know why sometimes. You just know that things were one way on Monday and by Tuesday it was all different.
All that said – I thought The Field Mice were an extraordinary band with a bright and successful future. But not this lifetime I guess.
Crank this one up anyway and enjoy what the lucky members of the audience got to hear.