1980

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16/11/16 – Mose Allison – November 11 1927 – November 15 2016 / I Don’t Worry About A Thing – 1962/ Parchman Farm – 1958 / Look Here – 1964 / I’m Smashed – 1969 / Blues Breakers – Parchman Farm – 1966 / The Clash – Look Here – 1980 The Who – Young Man’s Blues Live – 1970

As Jazz lovers struggle with Rock and vice versa, Mose Allison managed to stay out of the genre wars by inventing his own style that incorporated Jazz and Blues with real songs, virtuoso playing, meaningful lyrics, memorable melodies, humour, seriousness –  Allison had it all covered. When The Who released Live At Leeds they included […]

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31/7/16 – Stiff Little Fingers – Nobody’s Heroes – 1980 / The Undertones – Teenage Kicks – 1978

Two bands from Northern Ireland that made lasting impressions. Originating in the Punk scene, Stiff Little Fingers were from Belfast, formerly a Deep Purple covers band called Highway Star, till they discovered Punk Rock and forming as Stiff Little Fingers in 1977. They sang about “The Troubles” and were an edgy, growling powerful four piece. […]

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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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27/2/16 – Nina Hagen – Ziggy Stardust – Swedish Television – September 1980

There’s been a lot of heartfelt tributes since David Bowie’s unexpected death in January and most recently some high profile performances on the television, initiating mixed reactions to their relevance and quality. In 1980 as Bowie was releasing Scary Monsters, Nina Hagen was appearing on Swedish television with a memorable tribute of her own. It’s unclear […]

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25/1/16 – Jimmy Bain – 19th December 1947 – 24th January 2016 / Roy Harper – Starring Kate Bush, Dave Gilmour and Jimmy Bain – You (The Game Part II) – 1980

When Kate Bush wanted a proper Rock and Roll bass player to drive her powerful and weird music on her experimental album, The Dreaming in 1982 –  she called Jimmy Bain. When John Cale was looking for a bass player for a European tour – he called Jimmy Bain. When Roy Harper duetted with Kate […]