As soon as I saw the theme for Boo and Me's Mix-Tape Monday this week it was always going to be between two of the most recent gigs I have been to - Elbow and the Arctic Monkeys.
Elbow are terrific live, I've never seen anything like the interaction Guy Garvey has with the audience before. I saw them first about 10 years ago and I don't think he spoke once - when I saw them earlier on this year though, he wouldn't stop! I have to admit, on that particular night, it caused me to develop a bit of a man crush on him. I even tweeted him after the gig to tell him (and again while I was watching them on telly at Glasters). He never replied - deep down I like to think it's because his feelings were mutual and he just couldn't handle it. He therefore had to cut me out of his life forever...
Arctic Monkeys are also amazing live. I'm going to sound like my dad now but "they sound just like they do on record". Also their energy live is second to none, they lack the interaction of Elbow, and I'm not too keen on Alex Turner's new haircut, but I've never been blown away like that at a gig before. It is for that reason, and not because Guy broke my heart, that I am going to pick them over Elbow.
Now, which song to pick - they have so many great ones. The obvious choice would be 'I bet that you look good on the dancefloor', other classics are of course 'The View from the afternoon', 'Brianstorm' and 'Mardy Bum'. However, I am going to stick with what has been my favourite song of theirs since day one - 'When the sun goes down' - when played live, this is a belter!
To take part, click on Boo and Me's Mix-Tape Monday meme - it's over to the right and down a bit.