Cabaret Futura – with Cabaret Voltaire, Eddie & Sunshine and Richard Strange. Sheffield Poly, Friday 22nd May 1981.

After band practice we adjourn for a few pints in The Beehive. Charlie is on flying form: "We're gonna be called The Box", he declares, his moustache flecked with creamy Guinness spume, "and people can…

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The Cramps and The Meteors, The Limit Club, Sheffield. Tuesday 19th May 1981.

I hop off the London train at Midland station, say farewell to Charlie, and head home to Mum and Dad’s house at Sheffield Lane Top. I give them a brief summary of the weekend:…

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AIR – The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith. Sunday 17th May 1981

Sunday morning. The Free Jazz Express, bound for London Saint Pancras, flams and rolls over the points as it leaves Sheffield Midland Station. I’m on board with band-mate Charlie, Charlie’s pal and fellow…

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The Plastics, The Limit Club, Sheffield. Thursday 14th May 1981

Lost my virginity and my band. Some weekend. Both events had been foreshadowed for a while, but to have experienced the ecstasy and the agony within twenty-four hours has left me both delighted and disappointed,…

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The Cure, Phoenix Hall, Sheffield Polytechnic, Friday 5th May 1981

Date night. I know Ava Greene from the office next door. We chanced upon (nay, jumped upon) each during a drunken session at The Limit Club a few weeks ago. It was the kind of…

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Killing Joke – Kilburn National Ballroom 28th April, Tower Ballroom Birmingham, 30th April 1981

“Killing Joke? It’ll be like United away at Millwall, Adrian Street versus Giant Haystacks, Jesus at Golgotha, we’ll get crucified!” Following DVA’s decent away performance at Bauhaus’ coven in the caverns under…

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