Fad Gadget, the Clarendon Ballroom, London. Friday 27th June, 1980.

Pimple-peppered forehead pressed against the coach window, I gawp at Yvonne and Alice, naked and entwined, eighteen-feet high at the side of the road. Yvonne, inscrutable, gently rests her head on Alice’s hand. Alice…

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De Tian, Richard Strange, Musical Janeens, Ludus, Stranger Than Fiction. Blitz Club at The George IV, Sheffield. April to June 1980.

I despise Sir Keith Joseph. And I’m not alone in this. In an infamous 1974 speech, the right-wing Tory politician suggested that poor families should stop having kids because, “They are creating problem children.…

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Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle, Sheffield University. Tuesday 10th June 1980.

“I’m So Hollow?” “Here”. “They Must Be Russians?” “Present”. “Vendino Pact?” “Yes, Miss”. A warm summer evening, and its registration time for Sheffield bands at the Lower Refectory on Western Bank. Vice Versa, DVA,…

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The Human League and The Scars, Manchester University, Monday 19th May and Derby Assembly Rooms, Wednesday 21st May 1980.

A job. Finally, I have a job. Almost a year to the day since I left school, and after twenty-five job applications this year alone, I am to be a pensions and insurance clerk at…

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Vice Versa, the Blitz Club, 1st April and 6th May 1980

“Someone said to me the other day”, relates Judd, “Y,know, the trouble with Sheffield is, it’s just a one-eyed raincoat town.” Brothers-in-rhythm in the band, we’ve bumped into each other outside W.…

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Stunt Kites - 4th March 1980. I'm So Hollow - 11th March 1980. Both at the Blitz club, George IV pub, Sheffield.

“Well, it’s taken them a powerful long time to get onto record, but they’ve done it at last. ClockDVA, one of those names you’ve seen, I bet you’ve seen around for…

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