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Playlist 27 October

Mickey Bradley | 10:05 UK time, Friday, 28 October 2011

Starting tonight with one of the rare records that I have seen performed live - the Stranglers, November 1977, University of Ulster, Coleraine. New University of Ulster, I think it was still known as. I remember arriving at the hall, just as the band were playing No More Heroes. I think it was that, as the hall had the acoustics of a swimming pool. In 1977 such exotic visitors to our shores were few and far between, which makes it more unfortunate that all I remember is the first song. Also tonight, The Teardrop Explodes , mk 2. I think that Julian Cope was the only one remaining from the first LP lineup. I saw a recording of their Top Of The Pops appearance, where the bass player appears to be on loan from a Duran Duran tribute band. Julian was oblivious to his colleague's prancing about, while Troy Tate on guitar looks suitably embarrassed. I'll go now, before someone reminds me of embarrassing performances closer to home.

Stranglers - No More Heroes
The Fall - Hey Luciani!
Stingrays - Escalator
Flaming Groovies - All I Wanted
Gymslips - Love’s Not the Answer
Flys - EC4
MC5 - Tutti Frutti
Teardrop Explodes - Passionate Friend
Astronauts - All Night Party
ohn Cooper Clarke - Thirty Six Hours
Selecter - Missing Words
Fleshtones - Shadow Line
REM - Ages Of You
Blues Magoos - Tobacco Road


  • Comment number 1.

    Thanks for the link to TOTP and Teardrop Explodes. There was a spate of bassists who played with the instrument under their chin in the 80s, wasn't there. Bah. I would think that should disqualify any playing of their songs in this fine programme.


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