GIG 055: Ugly As Sin / Ship of Fools – The Marquee 4th June 1990

Ugly As Sin were actually one of my favourite bands around this time. I used to play the Pain 7″ on repeat at home, and it remains one of my favourite songs today. They formed in 1989, released their only album, “The Good The Bad & The Ugly”, in 1990 and had split up by 1991. In their brief time they supported The Strangers on tour, and also Underneath What (which annoying must have been one of the Underneath What gigs at the Marquee I missed!) and Havana 3am, as well as playing a handful of their own headline shows.

This was definitely one of my favourite gigs of 1990. They completely blew me away live and I’m so pleased I managed to catch them this one time (but quite sad it was never to be repeated).

Support came in the form of Ship of Fools (whom I’d seen earlier in the year as the opening act for And The Generals Ran Forever – GIG 050) who were once again pretty good.

In addition to seeing Ugly As Sin, Mike and myself spotted that The Marquee was selling tickets for a gig later that week for a new American band we’d heard quite a bit about in Kerrang called ‘The Black Crows’. We’d never actually heard anything by them but the music press was apparently going mad over them and as the tickets were only something like £4 or £5 we decided to take a punt and brought a couple. That’ll be covered in the next entry (GIG 056).

Ugly As Sin – Pain
Price: £3.00

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