Stealing Sheep Wow Machine
Jerry Dammers DJ Set
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. Coventry
18th October 2019
To start off the annual Boudica Festival in Coventry and to conyinue the excellent Deliaphonic events to honour Coventry’s electronic music pioneer Deliah Derbyshire, Three piece Stealing Sheep give us ‘theatrical-musical-dance-art spectacular’ and founder of The Specials Jerry Dammers will give us a DJ set of Library Music. Fighting Boredom are looking forward to this one.
Jerry Dammers takes to the stage after talking to the woman sitting at a laptop next to it. Fighting Boredom were blown away by his DJ set at the Deliaphonic event at Coventry Cathedral so we are really looking forward to this. Jerry comes onstage behind two record decks, he moves the microphone, sorts through his box and puts his glasses on. He looks out at us and tells us that he is going to be playing Library Music, which is obscure, off the shelf music used for TV themes, films and the like, and that he will mainly be playing music from the sixties and seventies, lot’s of this stuff was released on Decca, he pauses to find the first record and says that nothing’s working, but the record crackles, the music starts and we are off. It’s a journey into space. The main thing about the music is that it’s odd, odd electronica, odd beats and pretty soon you get Pinky and Perky going into space. The screen has old pulp sci-fi pictures and films playing as the music flows by, alien landscapes and fried minds, there’s a flow into static and then a funky odd ska beat. Hammond organs come and go as the music heads further out there.