Gig 65. Cabaret Voltaire, The Octagon Centre, Sheffield University, 19th November 1083

“I know when to go out Know when to stay in Get things done.” David Bowie - “Modern Love” (1983) Well, if it’s alright for David Bowie to stay at home on a summer…

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Gig 64. Sun Ra, The Octagon Centre, Sheffield University, 15th October 1983.

Bloody hell this band is tight. Tight like the rivets on a supersonic rocket ship. Tight like the barrel that the old crazy lady went over Niagara Falls in, tumbling through the tumult to emerge shaken but smiling.…

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Gig 63. Death Cult, The Limit Club, West Street, Sheffield. Thursday 15th September 1983.

The rudimentary spiky crops and buzz cuts of 1980 have been grown out to luxuriant lengths which appear to fan out at all angles: cockscombs, peacock fans and a striking, shaved at-the-side, long-at-the-back cut, which, to my eyes, makes the wearer look like a Disney cartoon vulture.…

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Gig 62. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Durutti Column, SPK, Howard Devoto, The Box. Pandora’s Music Box festival, De Doelen, Rotterdam, 2nd September 1983

Siouxsie herself looks stunning, in a high bodice with what looks like a belt of many, many strips of fine leather which reach down to her calves. They jerk and leap like electric eels as she dances...…

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Gig 61. Killing Joke, The Box, Play Dead, Sexbeat. Hammersmith Palais, London. Sunday 31st July 1983.

This Icelandic saga played out in the music weeklies throughout the spring and summer of last year. A gripping tale of escape, exile, brotherhood and betrayal, like Puzo with puffins.…

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Gig 60. The Fall, The Ace, Brixton, London. Friday 15th July 1983.

“Come on, look lively! The Scorpions are coming.” A Spring Saturday morning in deepest Surrey, and recording studio owner Andy Fernbach is in a state of high anxiety. While normally as equable and phlegmatic as…

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