Liverpool Carling Academy
16th March 2006
Patrick Duff did not disappoint his loyal followers in Liverpool with
an enthralling set, which included six of his new songs.
It was strange seeing him playing solo - just him and his rich toned
voice and an acoustic guitar - very different from the time he spent being
the eccentric frontman of cult band Strangelove.
His often strange but compelling lyrics came to the fore during the second
song of his performance in 'Spider Woman', which is about being eaten
alive by your lover.
He had opened with 'Dead Man Singing', and later performed further, yet
to be released fresh material, including 'Whatever I Do', 'Wake Up Richard'
(articulating the problems he often has in penning songs) and 'A Woman
Who Don't Speak English', expressing the problems he encounters in forming
meaningful relationships with women.
This latter track - sang with a lot of tenderness - was the most memorable
song of his set.
Duff then performed material from his solo album 'Luxury Problem', giving
thanks to his mum and dad with 'Married With Kids'!
He electrified his acoustic guitar when he paid tribute to Iggy and the
Stooges with a cover version of "I Want To Be Your Dog', after a
frenzied rendition of 'Mirror Man'.
He reverted back to pure acoustic sounds, finishing off with the poignant
'Julie Of The Rose'.
Support act Jim Moray - him of the quirky lyrics - had earlier played
guitar and piano, and sang about rabbits, Lord Baden Powell (this was
a moving ballad), visiting your girlfriend when you are dead, and beating
your sister to death and throwing her in the river.