Gig 57. JoBoxers, Benjamin Zephaniah, The Chevalier Brothers. The ICA, The Mall, London. Thursday 6th January 1983.

This line-up’s spiritual home is Club Left, an evening of “cool bop and swing” that runs at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in London’s Soho. I’ve read about Club Left in the NME. It appears to revolve around wearing dickie bows and listening to old Bobby Darin records.…

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The Box: Effenaar, Eindhoven and VERA, Groningen. 27th and 28th November 1982.

The Dutch appear to have a similar relationship with mayonnaise to that which we Sheffield folk have with Henderson’s Relish - slathering it indiscriminately and unsparingly on all types of food.…

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Gig 55. Cabaret Voltaire, The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, 27th August 1982.

However, with The Human League having played two nights in the ramshackle room last November, ABC eyeing a City Hall date later in the year, Def Leppard in the studio recording a new album and Living In A Box yet to be invented, it falls to Cabaret Voltaire to get the party started, again.…

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Kid Creole and The Coconuts - Sheffield Polytechnic, 16th May 1982.

This suits the Sheffield crowd - out to strike a pose at the Poly or for a bit of a bop on a Sunday night - most of whom think that merengue is something you put on lemon pie.…

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The Box - The Marples Pub, Sheffield, 4th March and Heaven nightclub, London, 19th April, 1982.

Mal likes the herky-jerky, het-up racket we make, and offers to help out on vocals. Nothing permanent, more like a footballer going out on loan because he wants more game-time, even if it means dropping down a division.…

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Bow Wow Wow, The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, 29th October 1981.

All the band members look terrific, a pop group from the pen of Tex Avery, decked out in McLaren and Vivien Westwood’s ‘Sun, Gold & Piracy’ look from their Worlds End shop in Chelsea. Not a swash remains unbuckled.…

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