Spirit of John Morgan

Sheffield University, 5th October 1968

John Dummer Blues Band
Sheffield University, 5th October 1968

Wednesday Children
Sheffield University, 12th October 1968

Sheffield University, 11th November 1968

Deep Purple
Sheffield University, 12th November 1968

New Yardbirds
Sheffield University, 23rd November 1968

Small Faces
7th January 1969 – Sheffield University

Atomic Rooster
8th November 1969 – Sheffield University

Famous Jug Band
13th November – Sheffield Polytechnic

29th November – Sheffield University

Family, Strider
June 30th 1973

The Stranglers, Drones, 2.3.
October 19th 1977 – Top Rank Suite

The Clash, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Lous
November 1st 1977 – Top Rank Suite

June 12th 1977 – Top Rank Suite

The Damned, The Dead Boys
23rd November 1977 – Top Rank Suite

20th May 1978 – Top Rank Suite

Siouxsie And The BansheesCabaret Voltaire, Spizz Oil
October 31st 1978 – Top Rank Suite

The Clash, The Slits
November 19th 1978 – Top Rank Suite

The Police / The Cramps
June 15. 1979 – Top Rank Suite
The Police Sheffield Top Rank 1979

Perhaps hard to believe now but The Police were quite a credible band in the beginning, and their mix of reggae and rock looked like it was going somewhere. So with a few hits singles under their belts they drew a good crowd at this Top Rank show. But for me The Cramps stole it. They came on and took no prisoners, with original guitarist Bryan Gregory particularly fearsome in the face of the pinkier elements in the crowd: I was close to the stage and everyone near by took a step back when he came on snarling!  Their grungy garage rock worked well and I was a fan from then on.  And any guy who says he didn’t instantly fall for their other lead guitarist Ivy (pictured at the show, below) is a fibber. The Police had an uphill struggle to follow it.
Ivy Rorschach, The Cramps, Sheffield 1979

One guy on the web also recalls the show: “Our Form teacher at School told us not to bother buying tickets as he knew Sting (they had been at teacher training college together) and would sort us tickets. Needless to say we ignored him (as did Sting!). I remember the ticket was about £2.00 which was most of my pocket money for a week! “

The Buzzcocks, Joy Division  – Top Rank Suite 21st October 1979

Buzzcocks Sheffield 1979 review

Buzzcocks Sheffield 1979 advert

A rare early slot in Sheffield for Joy Division, spotted by The Star’s eagle eyed music reporter Martin Lilleker.

The Skids  – Top Rank Suite 24th October 1979

The Jam, The Piranhas
26th October 1980 – Top Rank Suite

Human League, The Scars
May 20th 1980 – Top Rank Suite

10th March 1980 – Top Rank Suite


Gigs at other venues — 1 Comment

  1. I saw many bands at the Top Rank on Sunday evenings in 1978- they called it “Improvision” and you had to be a “member” to get in due to ridiculous Sunday trading laws not allowing them to put tickets on general sale.
    Unlike Martin Lilleker’s review of The Buzzcocks (above), I remember it being a fabulous gig. There was a bus strike that day/night, it was tipping down too but I distinctly recall flying home, defying gravity as I floated up the hill on Gleadless Road, not caring a hoot about work tomorrow, all thanks to Pete Shelley (RIP) and the boys freeing up my soul.

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