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COLLECTED UNDERGROUND ONLINE CUO-152
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IQ 
Christmas Office Party
The Astoria
London 
13 December 1996
Audience recording
approx. time: 115 mins.

Setlist:
CD ONE:
The Enemy Smacks
Just Changing Hands
The Darkest Hour
Clank Tingy Tingy (The Narrow Margin)/
It All Stops Here

CD TWO:
Sold On You/
Awake and Nervous
Band Intros
Further Away (middle section)/
Laid Low (beginning keyboard instrumental)/
Breathtaker
Leap of Faith/
State of Mine (end instrumental section)/
Came Down (end section)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (piano instrumental)/
White Christmas (piano instrumental)/
Count Your Blessings (Bing Crosby)/
Out of Nowhere/
Mamma Mia (Abba)
Sugar Baby Love (Rubettes)/
Out of Nowhere (end section) 
It's Oh So Quiet (Bjork)

Notes on the Recording:
Again traded to me by Hans Voss in lovely equatorial Norway - 
be sure to make a trip there for your next beach holiday (!) - 
for trading to Collected Underground in January 2005.
Though not again of the best sound, I'd say a B - B+, 
it's a phenomenally fun, high energy show.
Everyone, band and audience, sound as if they are having a
great, raucous time. These Christmas IQ shows are really 
wickedly fun.

Highlights of this recording include "Clank Tingy Tingy" the working
title for what became "The Narrow Margin" not to mention "Laid Low" 
played by Martin only. The wickely fun 2nd set includes Martin's grandiose 
Liberacesque redendtions of the Bing Crosby Medley - "Have Yourself a Merry 
Little Christmas" to "White Christmas" and finally to "Count Your Blessings" 
which is very fun and extra thrashy. Not only Abba but the Rubettes get the IQ treatment with "Sugar Baby Love" and the final encore is 
Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet".

You're either comatose or passed out drunk if you are not dancing 
around the room by the end of this show. Turn the volume up to 11
for this one.

 
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