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. […]

Playback time

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 […]

Add Wilson to Peck

Our A-Z of local record shops covers Wilson & Pecks, a music and record and ticket shop many Sheffielders will remember with much fondness.  But sifting through a pile of old newspapers Simon borrowed off a neighbour these amazing adverts showed up, which confirm the history of the business. In an issue of the local […]

Looking back [4] • Viv Stanshall, Leadmill

Although Viv Stanshall remains one of my favourite artists, this was the only time I got to see him on stage. The Bonzos had just finished touring before I got into going to concerts, and his career after that was erratic to say the least and he didn’t really tour that much.  But in 1991 […]

Looking Back [3] • Comsat Angels, Top Rank

Top Rank Sheffield – Comsat Angels / Clock DVA / Past Seven Days / Mark My Words. June 30 1981 Put back from the previous month, this was a great evening for local bands, and The Comsat Angels were riding a wave of critical acclaim and just weeks away from releasing their stunning second album […]

Looking back [2] • The Police / Cramps 1979

The Police supported by The Cramps / Sheffield Top Rank Suite – June 15th 1979 The Top Rank Sheffield Suite has had several incarnations; nightclub, concert venue and even a gospel church for a time!  But starting around 1977 it began to have a great spell as a rock venue just as punk and new […]

Looking back [1] • YES 1978

Yes, Sheffield City Hall. April 20. 1998 Seeing Yes in 1998 was a little strange. Generally I don’t bother going to see bands again who I saw in their prime back in the Seventies (or bands who suddenly discover that they were always huge friends after all and so decide to reform!). And having seen […]