Department S - colour pic

21/1/16 – Department S – Is Vic There? – Top Of The Pops – 1981

In an effort to gravitate towards the light-hearted, I thought that the Buffin and Overend Watts’ production of Is Vic There? – might introduce some much needed respite from the doom laden month gone by. Unfortunately, Department S had little success after their 1980 single reached No.22 in the UK charts in 1981. Between Demon, […]

Teardrop Explodes 1981

3/2/15 – The Teardrop Explodes – Reward – 1981

In the tense up and down world of The Teardrop Explodes, between line-up changes, direction arguments, drugs and bouts of ego mania, the band made two worthy albums, Kilimanjaro (1980) and Wilder (1981). Credited with re-invigorating Psychedelia in the early eighties they always sounded more Beat group to me than as Psychedelic as people say. The […]