Men They Couldn't Hang, The: Never Born To Follow

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Men They Couldn't Hang, The: Never Born To Follow

The Men They Couldn't Hang had been evading the noose for 14 years when this gig was filmed at the Live Theatre in Newcastle on 16th May 1998. At that time this venue was one of our favourites. We'd played it 2 or 3 times before, however, this night, Johnny Parker (our buddy, van driver and general all rounder) had brought along a couple of video cameras and with the help of his sister and some friends put together what was to become the main feature of this DVD.

The set is a perfect snapshot of the band at that time. The core is made up of "classic" TMTCH songs combined with "The Eye", "Our Day" and "Never Born To Follow" from the album of the same name released 1 1/2 years previously on Demon Records. 1997 was to see Demon release TMTCH's Six Pack EP and from that "Nightbird" and an exceptionally rare performance of "The Wonder Of It All" make an appearance.

The "Extra Feature" was filmed on my own handheld digicam over a couple of gigs towards the end of 2006 and then edited by Bob Stott. The ides was for any of us to pick it up and film what was going on... so we've got the excitement of the van journey, load-ins and soundchecks. There's footage of us in the studio and backstage rehearsals working out new songs such as "Brixton Hill", "Love Tomorrow" and "Madelaine". You'll find a few different versions of these songs sitting alongside a well lubricated aftershow performance in Worksop. There's a poet we met in Manchester adlibbing a tale of The Man They Couldn't Hang. You'll also find the answer to the question of "How many men does it take to change a guitar string?"

-Phil (Swill) Odgers, March 2007

Songs Include:

  • The Ghosts of Cable Street
  • The Eye
  • Dog's Eyes, Owl Meat & Man Chop
  • Scarlet Ribbons
  • The Wonder of it All
  • Smugglers
  • Nightbird
  • Shirt of Blue
  • Wishing Well
  • Never Born to Follow
  • Our Day
  • The Crest
  • The Colours
  • Ironmasters
  • Rosettes
  • Star of the County Down
  • Bounty Hunter
  • A Night to Remember
  • Walkin, Talkin
  • The Green Fields of France


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 23 2007
  • Empire SKU 1331463
  • UPC Code 5013929935853
  • Studio  Cherry Red
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL


A peek into the world of TMTCH showing soundchecks, studio and backstage rehearsals.


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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