With Ven - The Duke, Thursday 8 August
Men With Ven, as any
idiot knows, is plural for Man With A Van. Well, I didn't know;
but I do now. because I've been told.
But Men With Ven took on a meaning of its own; these men
aren't just any men, they are men with ven. Still with me?
Spend an hour in the company of these guys - black suits with
pearly additions, including MOT-ish warnings - and all will
First, get the context right; we're talking south east London;
we're talking Deptford Market; a number which owes more than
a little to Chas & Dave, but with added je ne sais quoi, and
Next, get your values straight - we're talking
cars, cash, guns and birds, are we not? Of course we are.
So why not an anthem in praise of Jason Statham?
Why not indeed; bish bash bosh ... delivered.
As you may (or may not) have gathered, Men With Ven are entertainers.
Great fun, but with a strong measure of irony. Having established
that Men With Ven ooze culture, sensitivity, style, humour,
it didn't seem unreasonable that they'd ooze Special Brew -
so that unlikely cultural icon has a hymn of honour too.
This took us to What Is He On (And Can I Have Some),
which brought us back to more familiar ground. And said ground
was explored further in a Science Project; Marijuana and
which probably proved something we've long suspected. Or not.
I'm all for a bit of harmless annihilation of things we all
can do without, but String 'Em Up - in my view - stretched
a little far in its inclusion of George and Ringo ... but they
may have needed a rhyme for Bingo, so perhaps I won't string
'em up just yet ...
To round out the hour, we were treated to a Conga, on some
pretext, followed by Knees Up Mother Brown for the
A great gig, and Men With
Ven were much enjoyed by the Whitstable
Submitted by Andrew