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hello, my name is al. i make music by myself and with a band called the fictive kinship. i work in an office in london on railway related stuff and cycle to work every day. i love cooking, swimming and riding my bike all over london. i try to eat well, write good songs and not drink too much. i don't always succeed.

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this was our last goodbye

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our last gig should have happened last week. except that despite seeming fine about it at the time our drummer decided that he decidedly wasn't. basically he "quit" the band the day before the last gig. whatever his reasons, jamie and i were very disappointed and more than a little sad.

and that made the previous underattended but thouroughly enjoyable romp at the white horse in whitechapel the last ever daddy long legs gig.

for four years daddy long legs was thee most important thing in my life and remains the one thing i'm most proud of. i went from an insecure, self conscious ex-guitarist and bedroom dreamer to playing and singing our own songs in three part harmony with a kick ass band to hundreds of insane fans at a sold out highbury garage (among ninety two other gigs).

we put out a single and even sold a few. we got some great reviews and played all over the uk and in europe. we made some lifelong friends, played some intense music and on a good day i still maintain that we were one of the best live bands you could have hoped to have seen. i know no other band that worked harder than we did at both the technical side of things and at putting on a shit hot (and above all FUN) show.

it's a shame that for various reasons (all of our own doing - or more accurately our own NOT doing) we let the promotion fall away in the last year and that was the beginning of the end really. but hey, at least we can claim that like the most innovative and eventually influential of bands, that we were unappreciated in our own time!

there's still some songs and lots of pics up at
go have a look see and wave bye-bye to the best band you never saw live.

daddy long legs 2003 - 2007.

al long legs
23rd Oct 2007, 19:29   | tags:

sounds like as a band you were doing everything yourselves - it's hard to keep the momentum going on all levels for such a long time so something was bound to suffer. You must have gained a wealth of experience from it to take with you into your next enterprise.

23rd Oct 2007, 21:39

MaggieD says:

Yep, with Para, there has to be a lot of positive things to take away from this, concentrate on those, by my reckoning you are a very talented lad, with an awful lot to offer, keep a positive attitude and build on it ..... I wish you all success in the path you chose to follow ....

25th Oct 2007, 21:29

dookerdoo says:

hey thanks for the kindly words guys. much appreciated. al.

30th Oct 2007, 17:46

Bongo says:

Just for the record: No i didnt throw a tantrum and I wont bore you readers with all the details.
Lets just say theres always two (or in this case three) sides to every story.
I think we all learned from the experience.

31st Oct 2007, 14:44

dookerdoo says:

whoopsie. busted. well, now i've discussed this further with above mentioned drummer (hi bongo - good of you to drop by!) i'll withdraw the tantrum comment to keep the peace. let's just say that there was a misunderstanding and move on...

2nd Nov 2007, 19:13

bongo says:

Peace & love!

6th Nov 2007, 16:42

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