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999 Bootleg Tapes

For the 999 fanactic that wants a little bit more....
Live bootleg tapes have always been a minefield. This is a guide to recordings that are worthy of your attention. If a recording is of unlistenable shit quality, it's not included.
These are not available via this website, but it's worth exploring the fabulous aural scultpures blogsite.


30th August 1977
London, The Vortex

Nasty Nasty / Pick It Up / Hit Me / Quite Disappointing / Jam Me Up / My Street Stinks / Emergency / I'm Alive / No Pity / Chicane Destination / My Street Stinks / Nobody Knows / Nasty Nasty / I'm Alive

Notes: Rough audience recording but of historical interest due to date, venue, & inclusion of Jam Me Up, a song 999 didn't record until 1998 on Takeover.
London, The Vortex

18th October 1978
Reading, Bones Club

Chicane Destination / Don't Deny / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Nasty Nasty / My Street Stinks / Emergency / Nobody Knows / Nasty Nasty / I'm Alive

Notes: Average audience recording but of historical interest due to the inclusion of Chicane Destination & Don't Deny, which are electrifying. Nasty Nasty is played twice. Unfortunately only part of the gig has been preserved on tape.
Bones78
16th June 1979
Boston MA USA, Paradise Theatre

Soundcheck / Quite Disappointing / Let's Face It / Hit Me / Soldier / Me And My Desire / Feelin' Alright With Crew / Crazy / Nobody Knows / Made A Fool Of You / Lie Lie Lie / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Action / Emergency / Nasty Nasty / I'm Alive (cut) / Homicide (start cut) / Shake / My Street Stinks / Boiler / Homicide

Notes: Good quality. The 'soundtrack' is a puzzle - it's an unknown song & is it actually 999? Apart from that, it's another exciting US gig.
Boston MA USA, Paradise Theatre

2nd July 1979
San Francisco USA,
Old Waldorf (2nd set)

Pick It Up / My Street Stinks / Hit Me / Me & My Desire / Let's Face It / Action / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Lie Lie Lie / Nobody Knows / Inside Out / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Real Rean / Emergency / Nasty Nasty / Homicide / Quite Disappointing / Boiler

Notes: Excellent quality, recorded by KALK radio. The 1st set of the night is included on the brilliant 4CD Boxset, Bay Area Homicide. This is another great performance.
Old Waldorf 2 July 79

25th January 1980

Scarborough, Penthouse Club

Brent Cross / Let's Face It / Hit Me / English Wipeout / So Long / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Boys In The Gang / Me & My Desire / The Biggest Prize In Sport / Trouble / Emergency / Homicide / Nasty Nasty

Notes: Reasonable quality. Exciting gig. I concure with the chap in the audience at the end; "We want more 999!"
Scarborough, Penthouse Club

13th March 1980

Portland OH USA, Euphoria

Brent Cross / Let's Face It / Hit Me / English Wipeout / Stranger / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Boys In The Gang / Me & My Desire / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Emergency / Homicide / My Street Stinks / Boiler (cut)

Notes: Excellent quality, unfortunately Boiler cuts out just before the end.
Portland

28th October 1980
Hamburg Germany, Markthalle

Let's Face It / Hit Me / English Wipeout / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Public Enemy Number 1 / Me & My Desire / The Biggest Prize In Sport / Fun Thing / Hollywood / Inside Out / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Boys In The Gang / Emergency / Nasty Nasty / Homicide / My Street Stinks / Boiler

Notes: Reasonable quality. Exciting gig. Nick tries his German!

Hamburg Germany, Markthalle
16th November 1981
Ann Arbor, Second Chance

Hit Me / Obsessed / So Greedy / Inside Out / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Hollywood / Boys In The Gang / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Let's Face It / Dead Or Alive / English Wipeout / Homicide / My Street Stinks / Boiler

Note: Good quality.  Enjoyable gig which includes a solid performance of Dead Or Alive which is only available as a demo on The Cellblock Tapes. Listen out for a great Obsessed.
AnnArbour161181
8th August 1982
London, Lyceum Ballroom

Inside Out / Let's Face It / Obsessed / Arabesque / Boys In The Gang / Custer's Last Stand / Fellin' Alright With The Crew / Blaze Of Noon / Don't You Know I Need You / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / English Wipeout / Emergency / Nasty Nasty / Homicide / Wild Sun / My Street Stinks / Hit Me / I'm Alive

Notes: Good quality, albiet hot/distorted at times with speed issues on I'm Alive. Notable for including the rarely performed Arabesque and Custer's Last Stand from 13th Floor Madness album, along with Blaze Of Noon which only saw the light of day on the compilation LP Identity Parade. Also good to hear 999's contemporary single Wild Sun live.
London, Lyceum Ballroom

4th June 1987
Portsmouth, Basin's Nite Club

Inside Out / Hit Me / Don't You Know I Need You / White Trash / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Obsessed / No Pity /
Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Boys In The Gang / Nasty Nasty / Let's Face It / Emergency / Homicide / Lust Power & Money / My Street Stinks / I'm Alive

Notes: Good quality. This gig shows that even while they were being ignored by the music press, they were still bang on form live. Includes a few different song selections from the usual & a reference to the general election of '87.
Portsmouth, Basin's Nite Club

19th December 1991
Birmingham, Hummingbird

Hit Me / Inside Out / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Boys In The Gang / Lil Red Riding Hood / Let's Face It / Don't You Know I Need You / English Wipeout / Emergency / Nasty Nasty / Homicide / My Street Stinks / I'm Alive

Notes: Reasonable quality. Early Arturo performance with the band on a upward curve.
Birmingham, Hummingbird
Summer 1992
Fulham, The Swan

Lust Power & Money / Inside Out / Hit Me / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Boys In The Gang / White Trash / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Lil Red Riding Hood / Don't You Know I Need You / Emergency / English Wipeout / Homicide / My Street Stinks / I'm Alive / Nasty Nasty / People Who Died

Notes: Excellent recording. This is Dave Ferguson's 'We're Alive' tape. Recorded at Pablo's local pub. Includes unreleased song People Who Died.
4th November 1994
Dusseldorf Germany, Haus Der Jugend

Black Flowers For The Bride / Inside Out / Hit Me / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / (There Is No Glory In) Mary's Story / Titantic (My Over) Reaction / Crazy Crazy Crazy / Boys In The Gang / White Light / Lil' Red Riding Hood / Chicane Destination / Don't You Know I Need You? / Let's Face It / The Biggest Prize In Sport / Absolution / Homicide (cut) / My Street Stinks / I'm Alive / English Wipeout / Boiler

Notes: Excellent recording featuring a good selection of songs from You Us It!'
Dusseldorf 1994

25th February 2010
Bournemouth, Champions Bar

Black Flowers For The Bride / Inside Out / Hit Me / The System / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Gimme The World / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Lie Lie Lie / Lil Red Riding Hood / Really Like You / Don't You Know I Need You / Emergency / Nasty Nasty / Homicide / My Street Stinks / I'm Alive


Notes: Excellent recording. Peppered with gems from throughout 999's career, from debut LP through to Death In Soho.
Bournemouth, Champions Bar
25th October 2019
New York USA, Bowery Electric

Boys In The Gang / Inside Out / Hit Me / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Let's Face It / Lie Lie Lie / Rael Rean / Subterfuge / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Lil Red Riding Hood /  Really Like You / The Biggest Prize In Sport / No Pity / Last Breath / Don't You Know I Need You / Emergency / Nasty Nasty / Homicide / My Street Stinks / Boiler / English Wipeout / I'm Alive

Notes: Excellent clear bang up-to-date distortion free recording from possibly the last ever 999 tour of the USA.

New York USA, Bowery Electric
Compiled by Phil Singleton





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