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1981 – October – U2

In July I’d seen U2 on Top of The Pops for the first time playing “Fire”. The appeal was instant. They were similar, in a way, to Echo and The Bunnymen, but more anthemic featuring a big, wide sound with … Continue reading

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1981 – The Only Fun In Town – Josef K

It was a real culture shock for me to be back at home. Apart from the holidays, for the best part of four years I’d been out drinking every single night, gone where I wanted to go and with whom … Continue reading

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1981 – Heaven Up Here – Echo and The Bunnymen

Echo and The Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes were undoubtedly cut from the same cloth but the Bunnymen were harder. Julian Cope appeared to have the kind of shaky self-belief that posh kids seem to have because they know their … Continue reading

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1981 – Kilimanjaro – The Teardrop Explodes

The Teardrop Explodes managed effortlessly to combine every style of music I’d ever liked. I’d been blown away by the “Reward” single in January and went, as soon as my student grant would allow, to buy the album. On it … Continue reading

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1980 – Sandinista! – The Clash

Over the summer of 1980 I managed to get a job for a couple of weeks in a brewery again. This time it was at Bass Charring ton on Claywheels Lane. I had to start around six every morning so … Continue reading

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1979 – The B52’s

Friday afternoons were regularly spent sitting in the television room of either Owen House or, when we were out in digs, the main college lounge, watching old, black and white films. We howled with laughter at lines such as, “Do … Continue reading

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1979 – Fast Product: The First Year Plan F11

Both John (hi-fi system) and Robert (big, fairly hairy bloke) had cars with them at college so the three of us spent a lot of time, particularly at the weekend, going on what became known as “Booze-cruises”. These involved getting … Continue reading

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