Of bad animals and a stupid mop

boo hoo productions and the malaysian society of newcastle university organised a gig in april 2003. at that time, only three members of suck were left in sheffield. liza at that time was on a hiatus with her medical exams and all. firr was in his final year and i was recuperating from an exam myself. riki was fortuitously back in sheffield and we thought it'd be great to hang out again like old times. when we were asked to play newcastle, we thought of doing stuff we never had the chance of playing. so, we did a setlist that covered old grunge anthems the likes of soundgarden's superunknown as well as new rockers like the foo's all my life. drumming duties was given to armijn who used to play for the then defunct spearmint. as a homage to the seattle scene, we named ourselves bad animals, after the recording studio.

we also met mure, a chap studying in newcastle, who was so into pearl jam. riki and i being pearl jam maniacs were then keen on the idea of doing a pearl jam tribute band, and we came up with the moniker stupidmop. amir was keen to play drums for us and we got dino, another spearmint alumnus and great bassist to boot, to join us. i had always wanted this as i had once played in a pearl jam tribute band called mookie and the one gig we played in loughborough university wasn't really one of my happy memories.

one thing about gigs (malaysian ones or otherwise) in the UK is the crowd. you need the right crowd. or a crowd that is musically open-minded. could you imagine playing a setlist of R&B tunes to a punk audience? unlike the previous gigs in sheffield or the ones that sheffield bands had played in, this one wasn't too receptive when it came to loud rocking tunes. it did affect bad animals' and stupidmop's performance to some extent, but rocked we did (we hoped).

the next time we played to an audience, we figured out an important (although not necessarily right) factor in choosing a setlist.

whilst not playing diagnostician, kudo plays bass in maniacs, eats noodles and fervently buys gear on e-Bay.


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