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Skids – ‘Animation’ UK 7″ single (Virgin, VS323, 1980)

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Included for no other reason than it happens to be one of my all-time favourite sleeve designs, graced with an artwork from none other than Russell Mills [], who is identified with the Eno/Sylvian end of the musical spectrum more often than not, I’d say.

Skids 'Animation' front cover design

^ Skids ‘Animation’ front cover design

This ended up being the third single release from ‘Days in Europa’ – I’m sticking firmly to the original 1979 release when I say this – I know that the 1980 remix/re-release also includes ‘Masquerade’, so technically you might say it is the fourth single peeled off the album – but any Skids fan who knew the original first probably finds the 1980 version difficult to swallow, even with a tacked on single from a year before. (And, my goodness, a year was a long time indeed in the late ’70s/early ’80s – in the current era where bands take years between album releases, Skids themselves managed to release two original albums in 1979 – and they were far from the only band with that kind of work ethic.) (more…)

John Foxx and the Maths live in London, October 2011

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

The seemingly evergreen Mr Foxx shows no signs of slowing down his progress and work rate and was in fine form this week, in the company of the Maths, judging by the two live shows in London that I managed to catch, part of a larger UK tour. The first two live outings for the Maths featured a larger complement of members, but these shows have seen a four-piece grouping with the core Maths duo of Foxx on vocals and keyboards along with Benge on electronic percussion (a great set of shiny red Simmons drum pads) and keyboards, joined once again with Serafina Steer (keyboards, bass guitar and backing vocals) plus new member Hannah Peel providing keyboards, violin and backing vocals.

John Foxx

^ John Foxx

First up it was evident that the band themselves were clearly really enjoying the event, which always makes a difference, smiles all round at times. A very ‘live’ experience, for sure. The addition of Hannah Peel’s violin in particular has brought another dimension to old favourites such as ‘Plaza’ and ‘He’s A Liquid’. The set list itself was largely from the ‘Interplay’ album, almost all of it played, plus a track from the just released second album from the Maths (‘The Shape of Things’), ‘The Shadow Of His Former Self’. Along with this were a fair few from Metamatic and some Ultravox! numbers such as ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’, ‘Dislocation’, et al. (more…)

Can I explain the delay?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

An appropriate title, lifted from one of the tracks from Colin Newman’s fine ‘Commercial Suicide’ album of 1986 vintage. Having fallen off the road for some months without any updates to this Version Crazy blog, ’tis time to climb back on the horse and get going again with renewed vigour, so look out for plenty of posts over the coming months. In a slight change to the mission plan, I may sneak in the occasional contemporary act who have breathed life into the new wave/post-punk ghost. But to begin with its time to set the time machine back to 1978…

Adam Ant live shots, 100 Club, London, 27 January 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011

The ever wonderful Adam Ant has been venturing onto the stage at increasingly frequent intervals over the past year in the environs of London town and I was fortunate enough to make it to one of his recent shows at the 100 Club on Oxford Street. With a focus on earlier material, a spirited band of musical conspirators, this was a fine night and Adam Ant, as you can see from the photos I snapped, remains physical… oh so, physical… if perhaps fragile in other respects though – the night did teeter at times on the edge of Adam’s changing mood.


Adam Ant live at the 100 Club, London 27 January 2011

^ Adam Ant live at the 100 Club, London, 27 January 2011 – click on the image to view at a larger size


However, if you get a chance to attend a show and have a taste for the earlier Ants material, be there… it’s a must.

Adam Ant live at the 100 Club, London 27 January 2011

^ Adam Ant live at the 100 Club, London, 27 January 2011 – click on the image to view at a larger size


Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) 2010 tour live shots

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

In something of a departure from the style of previous articles on this blog, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are on tour again at the moment and I managed to see the first night, at Brighton Dome on Friday 29 October 2010. Here are a few shots taken from the balcony during the show and they give a good idea of the elaborate lighting rig for the stage set on this tour. A good set too with a mixture of tracks from the new album plus most of the hits and some nice early surprises such as ‘Bunker Soldiers’.

OMD live in Brighton 2010 shot 1 (more…)