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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Revisiting: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Capitol Theater, Passaic NJ, 19-21st September 1978

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
19th September 1978

1. Intro 
2. Badlands 
3. Streets Of Fire 
4. Spirit In The Night 
5. Darkness On The Edge Of Town 
6. Independence Day 
7. The Promised Land 
8. Prove It All Night 
9. Racing In The Street 
10. Thunder Road 
11. Meeting Across The River 
12. Jungleland 
13. Kitty's Back 
14. Fire 
15. Candy's Room 
16. Because The Night 
17. Point Blank 
18. Not Fade Away 
19. She's The One 
20. Backstreets 
21. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 
22. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 
23. Born To Run 
24. 10th Avenue Freeze-Out 
25. Detroit Medley 
26. Raise Your Hand
27. Good Rockin' Tonight *
28. It's My Life*
29. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town*
30. High School Confidential**
31. Sweet Little Sixteen**
32. The Fever**
33. Incident On 57th Street**
34. For You***
35. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City***

All the tracks highlighted in Red are extra tracks recorded at other shows and and were not part of the original setlist on the 19th September 1978:
 * 20th September 1978 Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
** 21st September 1978 Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
*** 1st January 1979 Richfield Coliseum Cleveland, Ohio
They were included on Crystal Cat Records Bootleg Passaic Night which is the actual video/audio that I posted above.

Listen To The Show:

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
20th September 1978
*Santa Claus Is Coming To Town was a Tour Debut

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
21st September 1978

Fans of Bruce Springsteen and The East Street Band would have to wait until 1986 for an Official Live Album to hit the shelves at their local Record Shops but for people who lived in the States there was always the promise of a full on Radio Broadcast. This was a channel that Springsteen had been using for many years and one of his finest Radio Broadcasts was the night of 19th September 1978 on the Darkness At The Edge of Town Tour when they pulled into the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey for a homecoming three night stand.
Now, I of course was not and have never lived in the States so this news of Radio Broadcasts etc was quite unknown to me until sometime in 1980 (I think!) that I stumbled on a Bootleg of the show called Piece de Resistance on a market stall that specialized in Bootlegs of all sorts of artists. This 3LP set did cost me a pretty penny or two but hey, a live show of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band! Who could resist that?

This was marvellous stuff back then. It might be a couple of weeks or so before we even got to read about these shows in the British Music Press (if at all!) These days of course it's far easier to follow artists you like as fan footage turns up hours after the gig has taken place or even as it's going on with tools like Periscope and even Facebook Live. Springsteen has himself overseen the release of his last couple of tours and recordings of every night are for sale on his own website along with Archive Concerts.

These three shows in New Jersey in 1978 were recorded and filmed by in-house cameras (the footage is in black and white and as it's been passed down through the years the quality is not so brilliant. Check out the film of the 20th September - click here which is actually better quality than some of the Bootleg DVD's that are floating around).

The band were four months into the Darkness Tour (111 dates between 23rd May 1978 - 1st January 1979). The line-up of the band was:
Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
Roy Bittan (piano, keyboards)
Clarence Clemons (tenor, baritone, and soprano saxophones, backing vocals, percussion)
Danny Federici (organ, accordion, glockenspiel, piano)
Garry Tallent (bass, percussion)
Steven Van Zandt (guitar, backing vocals)
Max Weinberg (drums)

Maybe one day Springsteen himself might release these three shows as part of his Archive Series. The only one from Darkness Tour that has appeared thus far is from the The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland on 9th August 1978 (See below for a link to the show). But then again maybe not as there an abundance of releases at least of the first night going around that are of pretty good quality.

Anyway, it's a joy to be able to post this today as some of us need no excuse to listen to a spot of Bruce, especially when he is at his best!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Revisiting: This Is The Sea - The Waterboys (September 1985)

This Is The Sea - The Waterboys
 Produced by Mike Scott, John Brand, Mick Glossop, and Karl Wallinger
Released 16th September 1985
UK Chart #37 

Listen to The Album Here:


    Mike Scott – vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, piano, percussion, synthesiser, drum machine programming, bells and effects
    Anthony Thistlethwaite – saxophone, double bass, bass guitar, mandolin
    Karl Wallinger – bass synth, piano, organ, keyboard programming, synthesiser, celeste, percussion and backing vocals

    Steve Wickham – violin
    Marek Lipski – violin
    Roddy Lorimer – trumpet, background vocals
    Stewart Bartlett - French horn
    Kevin Wilkinson – bass guitar, drums
    Martin Swain – bass guitar
    Chris Whitten – drums, cymbals
    Pete Thomas – snare drum
    Martin Ditcham – percussion
    Max Edie – background vocals
    Lu Edmonds – Bass
    Matthew Seligman – Bass

Singles on This Is The Sea
Released as 7" and 12"
12" Track Listing:

14th October 1985
UK Chart #26
US Chart N/A

A. Don't Bang The Drum*
B. The Ways of Men (Previously Unreleased)**
(German Release Only)

*The Single version was edited to 4 minutes and 57 seconds. As I couldn't find that version on You Tube I went with the far superior album version.
 ** B-side produced for BBC Radio 1 Peter Powell Show.


This Is The Sea was the third Studio Album from The Waterboys and their first Top 40 album (though it only peaked at #37!). Whilst their Self-Titled Debut (1983) and A Pagan Place (1984) were good it was this third outing that Mike Scott penned some of his finest songs (Karl Wallinger co-wrote Don't Bang The Drum and Anthony Thistlethwaite co-wrote Medicine Bow).

This Is The Sea was the final album that Karl Wallinger contributed to as a Waterboy before he upped sticks to form his band World Party and it was the first to feature the mind blowing violin playing of Steve Wickham (he teamed up with the band after Scott had heard a Demo Tape of Sinéad O'Connor on which he had played. After the release of the Album Wallinger left and Wickham joined full time).

There's always a tendency to want to try and pigeonhole an album or an artist and whilst there are elements of Celtic, Folk-Rock etc on This Is The Sea, there is also a sense that it transcends both of those Genres or Categories. To put it plainly it is just a mighty fine slice of music that is poetic and passionate and has some spritual depth to it that was rarely present on anything else at the time.

From start to finish it is pretty much a perfect album (my only gripe being after I heard the full version of Spirit I wondered why on earth they didn't include it rather than the very brief snippet on the A-Side!). Played live it was out of this world as well (it's not the best quality footage but have a look at this 28 minutes from Glastonbury 1986).

This Is The Sea is what I call a "Must Album" - Must Have, Must Hear, Must Play Lots!

People always moan about the 1980's regarding the music that was coming out and in 1985 when This Is The Sea was released there were actually loads of other quality albums around or about to be released. Some of the things I was listening to at the time (and it's not an exhaustive list by any means) were: Strength - The Alarm, Once Upon A Time - Simple Minds, Head On The Door - The Cure, Mad Not Mad - Madness, Steve McQueen - Prefab Sprout, Psychocandy - The Jesus and Mary Chain, First and Last and Always - The Sisters of Mercy, Songs From The Big Chair - Tears For Fears, Slave To The Rhythm - Grace Jones, Meat is Murder - The Smiths, Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega, Love - The Cult, Cupid and Psyche 85 - Scritti Politti, A Secret Wish - Propaganda, New Day Rising - Hüsker Dü, and Low Life - New Order - 1985 didn't seem to bad a year when you think of some of those albums (even back then I was very oepn to listen to a lot of different sounds)! Top of the pile for me along with Strength - The Alarm was clearly This Is The Sea.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

S4L Radio: Show #8 Playlist

It's been a couple of weeks since the last Playlist so here we go off another musical adventure. Enjoy.

The Playlist

On The Playlist
Radio - The Members
As is our custom we kick off with a song about the Radio. This one a 1982 single from The Members (who are about to release a brand new Singles collection as well as having out their Box Set The Members - The Virgin Years).

Surrender Control - Comeback Kid
From the brand new album Outsider on Nuclear Blast Records. When I'm feeling a little stressed I always find the soothing sounds of Comeback Kid act as a good relaxant! My wife always finds this to be most amusing!

Heroine - Mike Peters and The Alarm
From the crazy sound of Comeback Kid to something a little more gentler on the ears for you sensitive types! This was a very Limited Edition CD Single that Sold Out almost as soon as it went live on The Alarm's Website. The song can be found on their latest release which is called Viral Black and at present is only available from the band website (but will be available somewhere down the road next year in other outlets).

Weakness - Margo Price
Title track of her EP released at the end of July on Third Man Records. She's gearing up for the release of a brand new album called All American Made. If it's anything like her debut album Midwest Farmer's Daughter then we are in for a real treat.

 Grant Hart
18th March 1961 - 14th September 2017
The news of the passing of Grant Hart, former drummer for Hüsker Dü, founder of Nova Mob and Solo Artist, was very sad to hear of and on The Playlist we pay tribute to him with three songs written by him at various stages of his musical career:
Morningstar - Grant Hart (The Argument - 2013)
Over My Head - Nova Mob (The Last Days of Pompeii - 1991)
The Girl Who Lives On Heaven's Hill - Hüsker Dü (New Day Rising - 1985)

Grant Hart Obituary from The Guardian.

The Sky Is A Neighborhood - Foo Fighters
Taken from their ninth and latest studio album Conrete and Gold. They chose an interesting Producer for the album with Greg Kurstin who had previously worked with the likes of Rachel Stevens, All Saints, Peaches, Pink, Lily Allen, Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue, Sia, Devo (they seem strangely out of place on this list!), Kelly Clarkson, Adele, and Liam Gallagher to name but a few! Such strange bedfellows indeed! But amazingly it seems to have worked out just fine!

We're All In This Together - Walter Trout (featuring Joe Bonamassa)
Title track of the great Bluesman Walter Trout's latest star studded release on Provogue. Another little gem from the New Jersey Blues Journeyman following his excellent Battle Scars album in 2015.

Powderfinger - Neil Young
Taken from Hitchhiker that was released last week on Reprise. The album was unreleased for more than forty years and as it's Neil Young, you just never know what on earth he'll do next. The opening two songs (Pocahontas and Powderfinger) did feature on Rust Never Sleeps that was released in 1979 but with some changes to the versions that appear here).

Rockaway Beach - The Godchildren of Soul (featuring General Johnson and Joey Ramone)
Released as a single in 1994 and taken from the French released album Anyone Can Join! by The Godchildren of Soul (I have no idea who they were). General Johnson was the frontman for the Chairmen of the Board (of Give Me Just A Little More Time fame and he also wrote the song Patches that was a huge hit for Clarence Carter in 1970).
I actually only recently heard this and it has to be one of the most bizzare covers of a Ramones song I've ever heard! I really was not expecting that sound at all!

Ever Fallen In Love - Nouvelle Vague
Speaking of things recorded in France. Here's Nouvelle Vague's take on the classic Buzzcocks tune for their 2006 album Bande À Part.

Hysterie Connective - Métal Urbain
Their only single release on Radar Records back in January 1979 Métal Urbain were one of the great French Punk bands. They were active between 1976-1980 before disbanding. They reformed in 2003 and currently the band is sporting two members from the 1976 and 1977 line up: Éric Débris (Éric Daugu): singer, programming (since 1976) and Hermann Schwartz (Jean-Louis Boulanger): guitar (since 1977).

Hippopotamus - Sparks
The weird and the whacky title track from brothers Ron and Russell Mael's (AKA Sparks) first Studio outing since 2009's The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman (okay, they also did the FFS album in 2015 with Franz Ferdinand) and yes, there's a Hippo in the swimming pool on the cover! The album was released on the 8th September and immediately entered the UK Album Charts at #7 and thus became their first Top Ten album in over 40 years!

Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
I find it amazing to discover that Shawn Colvin has only ever had one Top 40 album in her entire career and it was her fourth album A Few Small Repairs back in 1996. The album has recently been (yesterday actually!) reissued in a 20th Anniversary Format via Columbia. It comes with seven live bonus tracks. Sunny Came Home was her only hit single (#7 in the US) and won for her both Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The video is on The Playlist is an acoustic performance of the song. The Co-write between Colvin and Neil Finn What I Get Paid For is not included on the album (it wasn't on the original US Release but was included on the European Release).

Do We Choose Who We Love - The Waterboys
From their recently released new album Out Of All This Blue (8th September 2017). I'm still trying to figure this album out. I like the fact that Mike Scott is willing to step out of his box of comfortability and experiment with new sounds etc. I think the album is one of those that's maybe gonna take some time to develop a fondness for. The track on The Playlist is the opening song from the album.

Waterfront - Simple Minds
Like The Waterboys in the mid-eighties Simple Minds were one of a number of groups placed under the banner of Big Music (whatever that's meant to mean!). One of their recent Acoustic shows (well actually November 2016) has been released on DVD/Blu-Ray and CD in conjunction with the BBC and Eagle Vision. The show is a fine trip through the catalogue spotlighting some of their best tracks. The Acoustic format comes across well in places but some songs do lose out a bit on the lack of power!

 Never Going Back - Hot Water Music
From their latest album, released yesterday on Rise Records entitled Light It Up. Hot Water Music return with their first studio album in five years and sound as brilliant as ever. Chuck Ragan, lead vocalist, has of course inbetween the spaces of work with Hot Water Music been carving out a Solo Career as well having released a number of Solo albums, a Soundtrack and assorted Split and Collaboration albums.

 Untraveled Roads (Live) - Thousand Foot Krutch
From the album of the same name and their second live album. It features songs from their Oxygen: Inhale (2014) and Exhale (2016) albums and is released on their own TFK Music label.

Untraveled Roads, the first live album from TFK since 2011’s Live At The Masquerade, represents a season of significant success for the band. With hits like “Courtesy Call,” “Running With Giants,” “War Of Change,” “Push,” “Untraveled Road,” “Let The Sparks Fly,” “Born This Way,” “Light Up The Sky” and “A Different Kind Of Dynamite,” the album well-represents the band’s last three indie records that have already garnered over 455,000 albums sold, two million digital downloads and more than 300 million streams.

The album was recorded during this year’s 46-city Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, that was attended by nearly 500,000 people.

  The Parting Shot
When The Show Is Over - Secret Affair
Well that's it for another week or so (I'll try and be a bit more regular!).
I leave you with a track from the second album - Behind Closed Doors - by those purveyors of all that is Mod, Secret Affair. A little birdie tells me that the band have some live dates coming up (Check Here).

Monday, 11 September 2017

Revisiting: Satellite - P.O.D. (11th September 2001)

Satellite - P.O.D.
Produced by Howard Benson and P.O.D.
Released 11th September 2001
US Charts #6
UK Charts #16
Australian Chart #19
New Zealand Chart #4
German Chart #5

Side A

Side B

Side C

Side D


    Sonny Sandoval – vocals
    Marcos Curiel – guitars, backing vocals
    Traa Daniels – bass guitar, backing vocals
    Wuv Bernardo – drums, percussions

Additional musicians
    Howard Benson – Keyboards, Loops
    Larry Corbett – Cello
    Joel Derouin – Violin
    Christian Lindskog (of Blindside) – Additional vocals on "Anything Right"
    Eek-A-Mouse – Additional vocals on "Ridiculous"
    H.R. (of Bad Brains) – Additional vocals on "Without Jah, Nothin"
    Suzie Katayama – Conductor, string arrangements

In The US the album was released on CD and as a Double Vinyl Album.
Pretty much everywhere it was released just on CD. In Europe there was a Limited Edition version that came with a DVD featuring live footage of the band in Hamburg, Germany* performing Set It Off, Without Jah, Nothin', Youth of The Nation and Outkast.

* You can watch the video from that particular show HERE. It contains pretty much most of the show apart from the encore Outkast.

There are loads of links below that will lead you to videos/audio of P.O.D. as well as other information regarding the band. Click on them to enjoy.

Singles On Satellite
Released on CD Single and Cassette Single
1 Alive (Album Version) 3:22
2 School Of Hard Knocks 4:04
3 Lie Down (Demo) 4:20
Released 4th July 2011
US Chart #41
UK Chart #19 

Sabbath was also included on the Australian release of the CD Single

MTV Video Music Awards 2002
    Best Video of the Year for "Alive" (nominated)
    Best Group Video for "Alive" (nominated)
    Best Direction for "Alive" (nominated)
    Best Special Effects for "Alive" (nominated)
    Viewer's Choice for "Alive" (nominated)

2002 Grammy Awards
    Best Hard Rock Performance for "Alive" (nomination)

 Released on CD Single

1 Youth Of The Nation (Album Version) 4:17
2 Alive (Semi-Acoustic Version) 3:23
3 Sabbath 4:32
Released 25th December 2001
US Chart #28
UK Chart #36

 MTV Video Music Awards 2002
 Best Rock Video for "Youth Of The Nation" (nominated)

 2003 Grammy Awards*
    Best Hard Rock Performance for "Youth Of The Nation" (nomination)

*They were also nominated in Best Metal Performance Catergory for "Portrait" (although it was not released as a single but merely an album track)

Released on 7" Picture Disc

 and CD Single

Released 14th May 2002
Did Not Chart in US or UK

Released on CD Single

1 Satellite (Album Version) 3:32
2 Critic (Non Album Bonus Track) 2:43
3 Youth Of The Nation (Mike$ki Remix) 4:05
Released 20th August 2002
Did Not Chart In US or UK


If you assumed for a moment that P.O.D. were some kind of bandwagon jumpers under the banner of Nu Metal/Rapcore then you were actually oblivious to their history. They didn't just spring out of nowhere and suddenly find themselves as one of the most requested bands on MTV's TRL with their single Alive, rather they had been on the go since 1992 and even before they had begun to gain some success with Atlantic Records they had already released three albums on their own Rescue Records (Snuff The Punk - January 1994, Brown - October 1996, Payable On Death Live - February 1997 and an EP entitled The Warriors on Tooth and Nail Records in May 1999).

The band had been offered big bucks to join Essential Records (a Christian Music label based in Franklin, Tennessee) but sensing that bigger things were on the horizon for them they were eventually signed by Atlantic Records after John Rubeli (Atlantic A&R) witnessed them in action at The Roxy on Sunset Strip.

Their major label Debut, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown gave them a much wider platform and two singles and videos from the album - Southtown and Rock The Party (Off The Hook) - would open the doors to radio and MTV for them.

Recording for their fourth studio album had begun in March 2001 in California in the hands of producer Howard Benson (he had produced The Fundamental Elements of Southtown album) and was completed by May 2001. Benson by the way had a rather varied CV having produced T.S.O.L., Sanctuary, Motörhead, Body Count, Less Than Jake, Kilgore Smudge and Sepultura (to name but a few) before taking the controls for P.O.D..

Alive was the lead single for the album Satellite. It was released on Independence Day in the States. The Promo Video (released in August 2001) soon captured the attention of viewers on TRL and on September 5th it was the most requested video on the show. To celebrate this, instead of playing a snippet of the video they cut to a free VMA Music Week Concert performance in Battery Park, Manhattan of Alive.

Six days later Satellite would be released and a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was set but that didn't actually take place until 5th October because of the events of the terror attacks on 11th September 2001 in New York City (not forgetting the Pentegon in Arlington, Virginia and also United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers).
The album saw the band blend the sounds of Metal, Punk, Hardcore, Screamo, Reggae and Rap over the course of 15 tracks. 

Lyrically it would take on new meanings for listeners far and wide the day after 9/11 with it's spotlight shining on the spiritual positivity in the midst of hard times and dark days of sadness and loss:

"RISE - Let your spirit fly
RISE- Stand up for yourself
RISE- Hold your head up high"
- Set It Off

"Everyday is a new day
I'm thankful for every breath I take
I won't take it for granted
So I learn from my mistakes
It’s beyond my control, sometimes it’s best to let go
Whatever happens in this lifetime
So I trust in love
You have given me peace of mind"
- Alive

"Who's to blame for the lives that tragedies claim
No matter what you say
It don't take away the pain

That I feel inside, I'm tired of all the lies
Don't nobody know why
It's the blind leading the blind

I guess that's the way the story goes
Will it ever make sense
Somebody's got to know

There's got to be more to life than this
There's got to be more to everything
I thought exists"
- Youth of The Nation

"Because I won't break (nah), and I won't shake (nah)
With lifted hands to this Man (Jah), I'll stand in faith
I'll make it through, my trust in you
Close my eyes, make a wish, kiss the sky"
- Satellite

 "I know you will complete this work started in me
I need you more than ever now that I know who you are
I know you will complete this work started in me
I need you more than ever now that I've come so far"
- Ridiculous

"This I pledge, and I'll take it to my death
I'll lay my life down for you and die over again
I and I, I'm not ashamed of the Most High
Even if I die tonight, if I die tonight
This I pledge, and I'll take it to my death
You can bet your life on my words and everything I said
You can't take away my love for this sacrifice
Even if I die tonight, if I die tonight"
- The Messenjah 

 "I believe you and I will overcome
I believe you and I believe in love

Whether you think I'm so confused
Or if you feel the way I do
So don't give in to this hate within

Living in this world of pain
Don't let it bring you down
The world is a ghetto "
- Ghetto

"I'm thinking about forever (missing you)
I know you're so much better (we made it through)

Now I know what it means to live for someone else
To give up yourself
Things have changed, at times it gets kind of strange
Your love remains the same
Do I make you proud? Mama, can you see me now?
Whatever is good in me is because you showed me how to take love by the hand
And so now I can share you with my baby
So that she can understand"
- Thinking About Forever

"I surrender, giving up all that is me
Yielding to you
Shape me in my brokeness
Empower me forever" 
- Portrait

It's hard to believe that it's been 16 years since that dark and terrible day in New York City. What has unfolded in the world we live in since then still leaves many heartbroken with loss of loved ones and where one enemy seems to have been vanquished another has arisen to carry out even more atrocities in many places across the globe. 

More than ever the lyrics of these songs on Satellite seem to be calling out afresh to us to open our ears to hear and a call to our hearts to remain steadfast in the fight to put out the flames of fear and hatred that seem to be prevailing at this time and embrace something better for us as individuals and as a society.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Hola Barcelona - Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band (May 2016)

It's been awhile since we did a Springsteen post so I thought I'd dip back into the archives of The 2016 River Tour and offer up the opening night of the European Leg from the Tour at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona.

Despite the fact that the full performance of The River album was not going to be a part of the European shows it was still going to be a huge part of the setlist with 12 songs and 1 outtake played on the night of 14th May 2016.

A strong 36 song set that was played over the course of 3 hours and 35 minutes had the 65,000 fans on their feet from the get go.

I'm grateful to Jörg Mehlow for posting the Multi-Cam video on You Tube for us all to enjoy. 

"Hola Barcelona, Hola Catalunya"

(Tracks from The River in Blue)
No Surrender
My Love Will Not Let You Down
The Ties That Bind
Sherry Darling
Jackson Cage
Two Hearts

I'm Goin' Down
Hungry Heart
Out in the Street
I Wanna Marry You
The River
Point Blank

Atlantic City
Darlington County
Glory Days
I Wanna Be With You (Outtake)
The Price You Pay
Drive All Night

Lonesome Day
Prove It All Night
The Promised Land
Because the Night
She's the One
Brilliant Disguise
The Rising
Thunder Road
* * *
Purple Rain (Prince Cover)
Born in the U.S.A.
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Bobby Jean
Twist and Shout 

This can be purchased from the Official Springsteen Site.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

40 Years of Punk & New Wave 1977: Dancing The Night Away - The Motors

(7" UK Picture Sleeve)

12" Version

A-Side: Dancing The Night Away

B-Side: Whisky and Wine
Released on 7" and 12"
 Virgin Records
Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Released 9th September 1977
UK Chart #42

The album version is a little bit longer at over six and a half minutes.

Dancing The Night Away
The Old Grey Whistle Test

Don't you just love musical history? Well, the anorak in me certainly does! The road to the Debut Single from The Motors was a long one and I previously outlined some of that history in a post on The Snakes  (who were Nick Garvey's band after he had left Ducks Deluxe in 1975) back in January this year.

Former Ducks Deluxe Bassist Andy McMaster and former Drummer for The Snakes (and also The Art Attacks) Ricky Slaughter teamed up with Nick Garvey and also Rob Hendry (Bram Tchaikovsky joined the band in May 1977 after his departure) and The Motors roared into life.

The band made their live debut at The Marquee Club on Wardour Street in March 1977 and a couple of days later recorded their Debut Session for John Peel on the 22nd March (and broadcast on 22nd April). By May they had been signed to Virgin Records and there followed some minor success with Airport being their biggest hit (reached #4 in 1978).

It's of course been questioned many times the place of The Motors in the world of Punk/New Wave because they were not really punks as such but I think that at least for their Debut Single and Debut Album for that matter they slotted into the New Wave situation. If you are wanting to be a stickler for things though it could also be that they fit the mould of the Power Pop brigade! 

Best not to argue though whether they fitted into one particular genre or not because ultimately their Debut Single I think is an absolute classic. I do prefer the 12" version to the 7" of course but the album version (as well as being longer) is the superior one to listen to I think.

40 years on from its release it is still a record that I go back to time and time again because it's so brilliant.

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