I used to hang out with these guys in the early 80s and thought a lot of them. They payed many gigs in the area, alongside Pulp, Hula and other local outfits, as well as appearing on the Oxford Road show alongside the Smiths. They were Allen Walton bass, Brian Bentley guitar, Gary Trigg drums and Lyn Sheppard keys. They later lost Lyn, recruited Kent Roach & transmogrified into Tontons Macoute (crap name!) then She Said. If anyone has posters or tickets, please share them 😉
Here’s what they sounded like!
Some more records with a Sheffield connection!
A piece of progressive rock ephemera. Without this little slip of paper who on earth would ever know about this evening at Sheffield’s ABC cinema on June 7th 1978? Given away on the counter at local record shops, you could get in and listen to the album through in full, then I assume dash down to Virgin or Bradley’s and pick it up the next day. Of course in 1978 such music was deeply unfashionable (a concept album centred on the pyramids of Giza). At the time the album was due out I suppose Arista Records had to try and think of ways to plug it; John Peel was hardly going to add it to his playlist! In the end it just tipped into the album charts peaking at number 49. If you remember going let us know how it all went… Simon R.
Izzy Hawksworth is looking to speak to someone who has knowledge on the history of O2 Academy Sheffield, The Leadmill, Sheffield Arena and Doncaster Dome for her college coursework. It would also be great if she could speak to
someone who has previously worked at one of the venues! Her contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org, 07540001677 and her Twitter is @Izzy_Hawksworth. Any help is appreciated, thank you!’
Some more additions
Released in 1979 on Limited Edition Records (home to Artery and De Tian), this 7″ EP is probably most notable for featuring future Mission axe-hero Simon Hinkler. TV products tracks were recorded at Western Works and produced by Cabaret Voltaire.
TV Product – Nowhere’s Safe / Jumping Off Walls
Drums – Jess Jespersen
Bass, Backing Vocals – Tony Perrin
Guitar, Vocals – Simon Hinkler
The Prams – Me / Modern Men
Bass, Backing Vocals – Simon Lee Ellis
Drums, Percussion – Caroline Boaden
Vocals – John Flanagan
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Brian Pearson