Popular Music

Few who have a fascination for the history of popular music and culture remember the National Centre for Popular Music with anything other than disbelief that the people behind it could screw up such a golden opportunity for what could have been a landmark attraction. But screw it up big time they did.  However it […]

Magazine are back!

Secondhand Daylight was Magazine’s second studio album issued in March 1979 and Howard Devoto’s band once again included Sheffield on the accompanying British tour (we posted the 1978 tour flyer a bit back). This A4 flyer was printed by Virgin Records to publicise the album, single and on the reverse side the band’s April dates […]

Magazine hit town

Sheffield was generally well placed as a city to host bands big and small, with venues to suit most needs. I think this is worth noting as it did mean that upcoming musicians could get to see a lot of visiting artists. Magazine’s first album Real Life on Virgin Records saw the group embark on […]

Classified

Going through some old local newspapers recently SMA found a few classified adverts which give us a small glimpse of Sheffield’s second hand music scene back in 1911, one of which is show above. Pianos not surprisingly dominate the adverts, both new and reconditioned, but there are some names we know from later selling 78s. […]

Sharp Cuts

A home-brew cassette by the lovable rockabillies, sent by Steve Powell

John Ryder RIP

Steve Ward writes to pass on news that former Sheffield chart-topper John Ryder has died. They released 1 album and 4 singles in the late 60s, one of which reached number 1 in Canada. John was also lead singer in the Whirlwinds, who featured Richard Hawley’s father Dave on guitar as well as Frank White.

Skin @ the Hallamshire

Evolved from Sons & Lovers, members included Josie from Tsi Tsa, Richard Hartley, Malcom Walmsley, Sam plus the legendary Jim O’Shea on bass. Oh yes, and a 4 piece horn section!

University Flyer 1974

I found this at the back of my Be-Bop Deluxe scrapbook! Most of these gigs were not on our listing so a double bonus. Strawbs, 10CC, Budgie, Earthband, Barclay James Harvest, Greenslade, a decent selection! Plus our very own Shape Of The Rain.

RIP Ian Squires aka “Tiny”

SMA are sorry hear of the death of Tiny, as we knew him. He stepped in to sing backing vocals with Dig Vis Drill on a promo video and they played 5 dates in 88/89, performing to backing tapes. Sad that we also lost Glenroy (aka Squid) many years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ6jIdyVFTU