1982. Top of the Pops.
Kid Jensen introduces a band from "North of the Border, making their Top of
the Pops debut". It had been a routine, fairly dull show full of the usual post
punk deadbeats and white soul boy bland-outs when...
This band exploded onto that programme, surrounded by the most glorious swirling
pop noise I had ever heard. They themselves seemed to be paying scant regard
to the song "partyfearstwo" as if they were lazily miming to someone else's
song they didn't know all the words for (like Mick Jagger doing Sonny and Cher
on an old edition of "Ready Steady Go"), grinning and laughing, pissing about,
not quite believing they were on the telly...They looked wild, too.
They were Billy Mackenzie, Alan Rankine and some others.. Scottish sounding
names. I couldn't believe that this band weren't from Mars.
I quickly bought Sulk, Fourth Drawer Down and 2 versions of the Affectionate
Punch - more treasures, some very dark, some playful, some completely off the
wall songs, instrumentation, singing and mad, mad lyrics.
By September it was all over - they imploded just as they had exploded. They
had seemed to me the most talented band ever. Double Hipness, their demo compilation
released last year, proved they had plenty more madness up their sleeves...it
would have been great. Oh, it was great enough as it was!