was lying on my bed after chemo for cancer at the timefeeling like shite, scared, sick, tired and only aged 30. “THERE GOES THE FEAR AGAIN” drifted across the room from the radio. Jimi’s healing voice made me feel warm and sort of safe for 3 minutes. got straight on the blower and got a mate to go and buy it for me. First time i ever heard Doves and think of it as a turning point in my cancer fight.
Having discovered Doves in 2001, 2002 was a great year to be a fan. The release of The Last Broadcast. Being rendered speechless upon first hearing the title track. The energy of Pounding, New York, and Caught By The River. The outro drums of There Goes the Fear (heck, the entire song)! The awesome bonus disc.
Seeing them live at the Axis in Boston, Massachusetts. A too-small venue with bad sound. A great performance. The first time hearing Spaceface at the close of a show.
The lads triumphant return to Boston with a packed show at the Avalon. A bigger room with great sound. Getting joyously lost in the music. The crowd so raucous that Andy & Jez needed an extra moment to find the groove between songs.
It was the only cd in the car radio that summer. The summer I met and fell in love with my future wife. Such an amazing album. Such an amazing year.
I love all things Doves, but The Last Broadcast holds a special place because it's how I found Doves! In the days when printed newspapers provided album reviews, I read about The Last Broadcast. It was a great review. It prompted me to go buy the CD -- and I fell in love! I immediately bought Lost Souls and I was even more of a goner. And then the best part, Doves played The Crystal Ballroom in Portland Oregon near where I live, so my sister and I went. The show lived up to my expectations and more...washed over and lifted up by the sounds, singing, dancing and pogoing! I was hoping it would never be over. The absolute topper was the encore song -- Spaceface! I had not heard it before and I was through the roof with joy. The Crystal Ballroom has a floating floor and it was like being shot into space as the stars were broadcast behind the stage -- I will never forget it! Thanks for the chance to share, thank you for dovesmusicblog and thank you Doves for all the music that means so much to so many people.
I seen them with travis at the M.E.N in 2002
My memories are of discovering the band properly. Had heard a few songs from Lost Souls but didn't buy it until after discovering The Last Broadcast.
I went to the T on The Fringe gig in Edinburgh, it was my first proper gig in about 7 or 8 years so was prety special to begin with. And after Peter Kay had introduced the band they started up and my whole perspective on the music was blasted away. An hour and a half or so of dancing later and I was smitten. Still one of my favourite gigs ever.
It's my favorite album ever. That album is me. It moves me. It's moody lows and it's euphoric highs reflect my personality. It's lyrics speak for me, they cover an eclectic range and chill you to the bone- then they leave you, they conjure up deep imagery that occupy your dreams and thoughts. You can live your life to it as you watch the sun set, or as you cry with your head in your hands, or as punch the air with unbridled joy. Deep in the songs you will find the answers to so many questions, some of which you won't hear, you'll feel. You don't have to think about the last broadcast, because the last broadcast thinks for you.
Andy, Jimi and jez- thank you. Thank you an awful lot.
I bought the Last Broadcast on cassette at Spin-a-disc records on the Wellingborough Road in Northampton. (bet it isn't there anymore :( ) It was the only cassette in my car for over a year and eventually the tape snapped. It was speedily replaced with a CD for home use!
I did lots of work in South Wales at the time, and Last Broadcast was my soundtrack for many many journeys down the M1, M42 M5, M50 and across the Heads of the Valleys road. There is nothing better on a bright sunny day than driving through the hills with N.Y. and Satellites blaring out of a Vauxhall Astra Estate.
My favorite album ever.