1979

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18/11/16 – Erik Satie – Trois Gymnopedies 1888 / Gnossiennes – 1889-1897 / Cabaret Voltaire – Photopobia – 1979

It’s 100 years since Dada appeared in Zurich at Cabaret Voltaire, making a massive impression with the cognosenti before disappearing and leaving an idea that would influence the art world forevermore. In this period pianist, composer and wit, Erik Satie roamed the streets of Paris with an eccentric air, like the Dadists contributing radical ideas to […]

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30/7/16 – The Boomtown Rats – Someone’s Looking At You – 1979/1980

By the time The Boomtown Rats had released Someone’s Looking At You from their third album, The Fine Art Of Surfacing in 1979, they were established Punk/New Wave hitmakers. I Don’t Like Mondays their second No.1 single (after Rat Trap from A Tonic For The Troops) had finally Knocked Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta’s Summer Nights […]

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30/3/16 – Lene Lovich – Stateless – 1978 / Lucky Number – 1979 / Nina Hagen – Wer Leben Immer… Noch – 1979

Anyone lucky enough to be 21 or thereabouts in 1979 will remember all the great New Wave hits between 1977 and 1980. One of them was Lucky Number by the inimitable Lene Lovich. She had the voice of an owl locked in a tree, the look of  a Dickensian 19th century doll dressed for a banquet […]

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26/1/16 – Rainbow – Since You Been Gone – 1979 / Russ Ballard – Since You’ve Been Gone – Supersonic – 1976

When Metal bands aren’t scaring you with gravity defying clothing, blinding you with light shows that would shame the set designers from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind or guaranteeing that blood will pour from your ears treating you to deafness by the time your 25 – when they’re not insulting your intelligence with terrible lyrics or […]