Are they still together? Re-formed is a better description
Did you ever see them play live? Yes, numerous times, tours.
Anything you want / need by them? Japanese kami sleeve CD’s
You really should own / hear:
- Real Life (1978)
- Secondhand Daylight (1979)
- The Correct Use Of Soap (1980)
I cannot over/underestimate how much this band changed my thinking about music. Yes, it helped to see them play live in 1979, 1980. But if all I ever did was hear “Real Life” – I was changed by this band.
Literate, intelligent punk / new wave music. Very well written, exquisitely played by these Manchester musicians.
Of course the recently re-formed version of the band won’t play live in L.A. – so I’ll likely not get to see them again.
Howard Devoto (Howard Trafford) was involved in the original incarnation of The Buzzcocks. Witness the mighty “Spiral Scratch” EP! D.I.Y. indeed. How fast the music world changed in those days…
As “progressive rock” didn’t really exist after 1977 – “Secondhand Daylight” did a pretty good impersonation of the best British progressive rock in 1979. The Thin Air. What an amazing album. Too bad more people didn’t hear it when it was a new album.
I didn’t like “The Correct Use Of Soap” when it came out; I wanted some more “Secondhand Daylight”. I’ve warmed to their pop songs over the decades, however. Howard is just unmatched, as far as British lead vocalists of 1980 go.
You can buy their boxed set or live albums; the re-mastered UK CD’s have more songs than the original CD’s – the original vinyl is rather hard to come by in L.A. I’d buy Japanese kami sleeve CD’s of their albums – or audiophile editions, should such a thing ever exist (either DVD-A or SA-CD would do nicely; the DVD could have their few promo clips!).
The rumor was that the re-formation concerts went so well that new material was being considered. I hope that true. I’d love to hear what an older, wiser Howard Devoto would have to tell us. No John Mcg or Barry Adamson, apparently. Dave Formula was always rather good. I liked his recent solo album.
Thanks, Howard. R.I.P. John McGeoch. Viva Magazine!