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We're coming to take you away, hurrah flyer (front)
We're coming to take you away, hurrah!! flyer (front)

We're coming to take you away, hurrah!! was an event organised for the London premiere screening of File under Sacred Music - Iain and Jane's remake of the infamous, but rarely seen, bootleg video of The Cramps performing at Napa Mental Institute. The night featured several screenings of the film punctuated by live music performances in the ICA theatre and DJs in the bar.

We're coming to take you away, hurrah!! party
We're coming to take you away, hurrah!! party

For File under Sacred Music (20 mins DVD with sound) Iain and Jane had staged a re-enactment of the Cramps' show at Napa at the ICA earlier in 2003, putting together a band to perform as The Cramps featuring Alfonso Pinto from The Parkinsons as Lux Interior, White Stripes collaborator Holly Golightly as Poison Ivy, Bruce Brand from Thee Headcoats as Bryan Gregory and John Gibbs from The Wildebeests as Nick Knox. Iain and Jane also worked with mental health arts organisations Core Arts, Sound Minds and Mad Pride to collaborate with users and survivors of the psychiatric system, who formed the invited audience.

We're coming to take you away, hurrah!! party
We're coming to take you away, hurrah!! party

Exactly 25 years on from that legendary 1978 gig, Iain and Jane, in association with Core Arts, presented a night of live music, film and mayhem back at the ICA, the same location used to stage and film the project.

We're coming to take you away, hurrah!! party
We're coming to take you away, hurrah!! party

There were screenings of File under Sacred Music in the ICA Theatre at 8pm and 10.30pm and live performances from The Parkinsons and Holly Golightly as well as Banned and The Courgettes, from Core Arts. DJ’s in the bar throughout the night included Trash Money, DJ Damaged, Viralux and Mini Kev from Miniscule of Sound.

We're coming to take you away, hurrah flyer (back)
We're coming to take you away, hurrah!! flyer (back)

We're coming to take you away, hurrah!!
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH

13 June 2003
From 7pm - 1am

For more information about File under Sacred Music:
www.fileundersacredmusic.com
For more information about the ICA:
www.ica.org.uk

 

 

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Works in this show
File under Sacred Music

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File under Sacred Music (Reverberation)
File under Sacred Music (This much is certain)

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'Nests, Puke, Frames and baby Faces', Tom McCarthy
'It Beats Bingo!', The Guardian
'Rewind and repeat to fade' - Art Review
'Psychotic Reaction' - Mojo
'Spastic Fantastic' - Sleazenation
'Would a band by any other name...' - i-D Magazine

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