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Surf Punks - Locals Only

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On this date in 1982, Surf Punks released their third album, Locals Only. The band was from Malibu, California and was formed by Dennis Dragon (brother of "The Captain" of Captain & Tenille fame) and Drew Steele (son of Gavin MacLeod of Love Boat fame). They appeared in the movie, Urgh! A Music War, performing "My Beach" from their second album.

The March Violets - Religious As Hell

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On this date in 1982, The March Violets released their first single, "Religious As Hell". It was actually a four-track 7 inch EP that also included "Fodder", "Children On Stun" and "Bon Bon Babies". All but the last track also appeared on their first album, Natural History. They were an English goth band.

Au Pairs - Inconvenience

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On this date in 1981, the Au Pairs released their third single, "Inconvenience". It was backed by "Pretty Boys". The 12 inch included a remixed version of "Headache For Michelle". Only "Headache For Michelle" appeared on their debut album, Playing With A Different Sex (though it was a different mix), but all three songs were added as bonus tracks when the album was re-released on CD.




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Modern English - Smiles And Laughter

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On this date in 1981, Modern English released their fourth single, "Smiles And Laughter". It was backed by "Mesh And Lace". Neither song appeared on an album originally (not even the B side, despite their debut album being called Mesh And Lace), but both were included on the debut album as bonus tracks when it was re-released on CD.

Debbie Harry - KooKoo

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On this date in 1981, Debbie Harry released her first solo album, KooKoo. It contained the singles, "Backfired" (#43 U.S., #32 U.K.) and "The Jam Was Moving" (#82 U.S.). The album, itself, reached the #6 spot on the U.K. albums chart and the #28 spot of the U.S. album chart. Most of the songs were co-written by fellow Blondie member Chris Stein. Blondie was not over. Blondie, as a group, would still have another year together before going on hiatus.

The Birthday Party - Release The Bats

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On this date in 1981, The Birthday Party released their third single as The Birthday Party (they were once The Boys Next Door). The A side was "Release The Bats". The B side was "Blast Off". Neither song appeared on an album originally but both were added to The Birthday Party's second album, Junkyard, when it was re-released on CD.




The Birthday Party - Release The Bats (live 1982)




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Happy Birthday!

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Bill Berry of R.E.M. turns 49 today.


REM, left to right:
Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Bill Berry and Peter Buck


R.E.M....courtesy of wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The official R.E.M. website: remhq.com


R.E.M. - Can't Get There From Here (1985)




Blogload: R.E.M. - 18 albums - the-roadhouse-viander.blogspot.com

Cabaret Voltaire - Voice Of America

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On this date in 1980, Cabaret Voltaire released their second full length studio vinyl album, Voice Of America (they had also released a cassette-only album and a live album). Despite having no singles released from the album, it reached the #3 spot on the U.K. indie album chart.




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Bauhaus - Terror Couple Kill Colonel

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On this date in 1980, Bauhaus released their third single, "Terror Couple Kill Colonel". The B side was a different version of "Terror Couple Kill Colonel". The 12 inch offered an extra track, "Scopes". None of the tracks appeared on an album but all three were added as bonus tracks to their debut album, In The Flat Field, when it was re-released on CD.




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Happy Birthday!

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Daniel Ash of Bauhaus and Love And Rockets turns 50 today.


Bauhaus, left to right: David J, Peter Murphy, Kevin Haskins and Daniel Ash.

Bauhaus...courtesy of wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The official Bauhaus website: bauhausmusik.com


Love And Rockets...courtesy of wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The official Love And Rockets website: loveandrockets.org


Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead (1979))




Love And Rockets - No New Tale To Tell (1987)




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The Carpettes - Small Wonder?

On this date in 1978, The Carpettes released their second single, "Small Wonder?". It was backed by "2 NE 1". Their first album, Frustration Paradise, wasn't released until 1979 and neither song was included. The punk/powerpop band lasted through two albums.





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The Waves - Brown Eyed Son

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On this date in 1982, The Waves released their second single, "Brown Eyed Son". It was backed by "She Loves To Groove". The A side appeared on their debut album, Shock Horror. The B side was a non-LP track. The band soon changed their name to Katrina and The Waves.




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UB40 - One In Ten

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On this date in 1981, UB40 released their ninth single, "One In Ten". It was backed by "Present Arms In Dub". The A side appeared on their second album, Present Arms. The B side appeared on their third album, Present Arms In Dub. The single reached the #7 spot on the U.K. singles chart.




UB40 - One In Ten




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The Human League - Love Action (I Believe In Love)

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On this date in 1981, The Human League released their eighth single, "Love Action (I Believe In Love)". It was backed by "Hard Times". Both songs appeared on their third album, Dare. The single reached the #3 spot on the U.K. singles chart.





The Human League - Love Action (I Believe In Love)




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R.I.P.

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Legendary news anchor and talk show host Tom Snyder has died.

Tom Snyder passed away July 29, 2007 from complications of leukemia. He was 71.

The Clash - Magnificent Seven - Tom Synder Show 1981


Check out YouTube for other interviews by Tom Synder including: Iggy Pop, John Lydon, The Clash, The Plasmatics, and more.

DVD compilation for sale here.

The The - Controversial Subject

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On this date in 1980, The The released their debut single, "Controversial Subject". It was backed by "Black And White". Neither song appeared on an album. The The recorded two albums that were never released and it is possible that these tracks were supposed to appear on one of these albums.

Happy Birthday!

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Kate Bush turns 49 today.




Kate Bush...courtesy of wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The official Kate Bush website: katebush.com


Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (1985)



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The Modern Lovers

On this date in 1976, The Modern Lovers released their debut album, The Modern Lovers. The band consisted of Jonathan Richman, Jerry Harrison (future talking Heads), David Robinson (future The Cars) and Ernie Brooks. It contained the single, "Roadrunner" which reached the #5 spot on the U.K. singles chart. The album was actually released after this lineup had disbanded.




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Happy Birthday!

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Rat Scabies of The Damned turns 50 today.


The Damned, left to right:
Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible, Brian James and Dave Vanian.


The Damned...courtesy of wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The official Damned website: officialdamned.com


The Damned - Love Song (live on German TV circa 1979)




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Infa Riot - Still Out Of Order

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On this date in 1982, Infa Riot released their debut album, Still Out Of Order. It included the single, "The Winner". When re-released on CD, the single, "Kids Of The '80s", was added as a bonus. They were one of England's Oi! bands.




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Delta 5 - See The Whirl

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On this date in 1981, Delta 5 released their first and only album, See The Whirl. It included the singles, "Anticipation" and "Shadow". The band originally started out as a three piece, all girl band, but they went through numerous lineup changes that were not limited to the female gender. Due to the changes in lineup and the weak album sales, the band called it quits by the time 1981 ended with five singles and one album to their credit. The lineup, at one time, included Jackie Callis, sister of Jo Callis (of The Rezillos and The Human League).




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The Mo-dettes - The Kray Twins

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On this date in 1981, The Modettes released their fifth single, "The Kray Twins". It was backed by "White Mice". The A side was a live version of a studio track that appeared on their one and only album, The Story So Far. The B side was a re-release of their first single (it was the A side then). It did not appear on the album. They were an all-female band that formed in England (though guitarist Kate Korus was born in the U.S. and singer Ramona Carlier was originally from Switzerland) and lasted through the release of six singles and one album.




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The B-52's - Give Me Back My Man

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On this date in 1981, The B-52's released their sixth single, "Give Me Back My Man". It was backed by "Party Out Of Bounds". The A side was released a year earlier as a single from their second album, Wild Planet, but this is a different version. Both of the single's tracks come from their third album, Party Mix.




The B-52's - Give Me Back My Man




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The Buzzards - We Make A Noise

On this date in 1979, The Buzzards released their fourth single, "We Make A Noise". It was backed by "Disco Romeo". The band used to be called The Leyton Buzzards but dropped the "Leyton" in order to give them a fresh start. They did not release an album but, in order to satisfy their contract, they released a compilation album called "Jellied Eels To Record Deals". This was released under the name The Buzzards but included all of their Leyton Buzzards releases.





Not "We Make A Noise" but...
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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message

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On this date in 1982, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five released their fourth single (under various names), "The Message". It was backed by an instrumental version of the song. Both songs appeared on their debut album, The Message. This was one of the early hip-hop songs whose popularity crossed over into the new wave/post punk clubs. It was one of the first songs of this genre to take on social issues. Hip hop was considered solely party music at the time and this song probably changed hip hop forever. The song reached the #4 spot on the U.S. singles chart.




Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message




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Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio

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On this date in 1982, Wall Of Voodoo released "Mexican Radio" as a 12 inch. It was their third single. The B side was an instrumental (with some talking in the background) called "There's Nothing On This Side". The 12 inch also included a dub version of "Mexican Radio". They would also release a 7 inch version on the song around this time (with "Call Of The West" as the B side). Both "Mexican Radio" and "Call Of The West" appeared on their second album, Call Of The West, while both extras on the 12 inch were left off. The single was re-released in 1983 and reached the #58 spot on the U.S. singles chart.




Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio




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Martha and The Muffins - Women Around The World At Work

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On this date in 1981, Martha and The Muffins released their eighth single, "Women Around The World At Work". It was backed by "Twenty-Two In Cincinnati". The A side appeared on their third album, This Is The Ice Age. The B side was a non-LP track but was added as a bonus track to the album when it was re-released on CD. The single did not chart in the U.K. or the U.S. but did reach the #24 spot in their native Canada.

Payola$ - In A Place Like This

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On this date in 1981, Payola$ released their first full length album, In A Place Like This. The album included the single, "China Boys", which was released in 1979 and also appeared on their debut 4 song EP, Introducing Payola$. By the mid-80's, the Candian based band changed their name to Paul Hyde and The Payola$.




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Bow Wow Wow - Prince Of Darkness

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On this date in 1981, Bow Wow Wow released their third single, "Prince Of Darkness". It was backed by "Orang-outang". The 12 inch version had a different B side. It was "Sinner Sinner Sinner" which was an instrumental version of "Prince Of Darkness". Both B sides appeared on their first full length vinyl album (Cassette Pet was their first LP, available only on Cassette), See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah! City All Over, Go Ape Crazy. The A side did not. The single reached the #58 spot on the U.K. singles chart.

Chelsea - No Escape

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On this date in 1980, Chelsea released their seventh single, "No Escape". It was backed by "Decide". Both tracks appeared on their second album, Alternative Hits. The B side also appeared on their self-titled debut album. Both tracks also appeared on their U.S. album debut, No Escape.

They have had numerous personnel changes over the years. Their original lineup, aside from singer Gene October, the one constant, included Billy Broad (Billy Idol), John Towe and Tony James, all of whom left to form Generation X.




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The Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays

On this date in 1979, The Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like Mondays" was the #1 song in the U.K.




The Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays




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The Zones - Sign Of The Times

On this date in 1978, The Zones released their second single, "Sign Of The Times". It was backed by "Away From It All". Neither song appeared on their sole album, Under Influence. The Scottish band was short-lived but several of their members went on to prominence with other bands. Midge Ure would be in Ultravox and Kenny Hyslop and Russel Webb would be in The Skids.




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Lene Lovich - I Think We're Alone Now

On this date in 1978, Lene Lovich released her debut single, "I Think We're Alone Now". It was backed by "Lucky Number". Both tracks appeared on her debut album, Stateless. The B side would be released as the feature track on a single later.




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The Raybeats - Guitar Beat

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In July of 1981, The Raybeats released their debut album, Guitar Beat (they had released an EP called Roping Wild Bears earlier). The Raybeats were a New York City instrumental band whose members had roots in The Contortions, The Overtones and 8 Eyed Spy (a group featuring Lydia Lunch). The band broke up in 1983.




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U2 - Fire

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On this date in 1981, U2 released their fifth single, "Fire". It was backed by "J. Swallow". The A side appeared on their second album, October. The B side was a non-LP track. The single reached the #55 spot on the U.K. singles chart.




U2 - Fire (live 1981)




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REM - Radio Free Europe

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On this date in 1981, REM released his debut album, "Radio Free Europe". It was backed by "Sitting Still". Both songs appeared on their album debut, Murmur, in 1983, but "Radio Free Europe" was a re-recorded version. The single did not chart the first time around but reached the #78 spot in the U.S. when re-released in 1983.




REM - Radio Free Europe (on Letterman in 1983)




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Some Product: Carri On Sex Pistols

On this date in 1979, The Sex Pistols (or the owners of their name) released an album called Some Product: Carri On Sex Pistols. No new music. No songs at all. It was an album filled with interviews and radio ads. Despite there being nothing to release as a single, the album reached the #6 spot on the U.K. albums chart.

The Killjoys - Johnny Won't Get To Heaven

On this date in 1977, The Killjoys released their debut single, "Johnny Won't get To Heaven". It was backed by "Naive". This is the U.K. band fronted by a pre-Dexy's Midnight Runners' Kevin Rowland, not the Australian band from the late 80's. This was nothing like Dexy's Midnight Runners at all. This was pure punk. This was their only single and they broke up before releasing an album.




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The Boys - First Time

On this date in 1977, The Boys released their second single, "First Time". It was backed by "Whatcha Gonna Do" and "Turning Grey". This was the U.K. band. There was also bands named The Boys in the U.S. and Australia. The A side appeared on their self-titled debut album while the other two tracks did not. The single peaked at #84 in the U.K. singles chart. The band changed their name to The Yobs (Boys backwards) for some releases.




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Prefab Sprout - Lions In My Own Garden: Exit Someone

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On this date in 1982, Prefab Sprout released their debut single, "Lions In My Own Garden: Exit Someone". It was backed by "Radio Love". Neither song appeared on an album (they didn't release their debut album until 1984). The single was limited to 1000 copies.




Prefab Sprout - Lions In My Own Garden: Exit Someone (live 1985)

Thomas Dolby - Windpower

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On this date in 1982, Thomas Dolby released his second single, "Windpower". It was backed by "Flying North". Both songs appeared on his debut album, The Golden Age Of Wireless. The single reached the #31 spot on the U.K. singles chart. Alternate versions of both songs also appeared on the five song EP, Blinded By Science, which were five extended versions of songs on The Golden Age Of Wireless album.




Thomas Dolby - Windpower (on Top Of The Pops 1982)

The Saints - Paralytic Tonight, Dublin Tomorrow

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On this date in 1980, The Saints released their second EP, Paralytic Tonight. They had released one EP and four albums prior to this). It contained four songs in their native Australian version, "Simple Love", "(Don't Send Me) Roses", "On The Waterfront" and "Call It Mine". The French version contained one additional track, "Miss Wonderful". These are the only places where this EP was released.




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Angelic Upstarts - Teenage Warning

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On this date in 1979, Angelic Upstarts released their debut album, Teenage Warning. It included the singles, "The Murder Of Liddle Towers", "I'm An Upstart" and "Teenage Warning". They were one of Britain's Oi! bands.




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Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Abdul & Cleopatra

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On this date in 1978, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers released their eleventh single, "Abdul & Cleopatra". It was backed by "Oh Carol". The A side appeared on their fifth album, Back In Your Life. The B side was a non-LP track. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Rezillos - Top Of The Pops

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On this date in 1978, The Rezillos released their single, "Top Of The Pops". It was backed by "20,000 Rezillos Under The Sea". The A side appeared on their debut album, Can't Stand The Rezillos. The B side was a non-LP track. The single reached the #17 spot on the U.K. singles chart.





The Rezillos - Top Of The Pops (on Top Of The Pops 1978)





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The Associates - 18 Carat Love Affair

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In July of 1982, The Associates released their twelfth single, "18 Carat Love Affair". It was backed by "Love Hangover". The 12 inch version included the bonus track "Australia". None of the songs appeared on an album but all were added as bonus tracks to their third album, Sulk, when it was re-released on CD. The single reached the #21 spot on the U.K. singles chart.




The Associates - 18 Carat Love Affair (live on TV 1982)

Mission Of Burma - Trem Two

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On this date in 1982, Mission Of Burma released their second single, "Trem Two". It was backed by "Okay/No Way". The A side appeared on their only full-length album, Vs. The B side was excluded but was added as a bonus track when the album was re-released on CD.




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The Higsons - I Don't Want To Live With Monkeys

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On this date in 1981, The Higsons released their debut single, "I Don't Want To Live With Monkeys". It was backed by "Insect Love". Neither song appeared on an album while they were intact (they issued one album in 1984), but both songs were included in a 1987 compilation called Attack Of The Killer Zombie Businessmen.




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Adam and The Ants - Kings Of The Wild Frontier

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On this date in 1980, Adam and The Ants released their fourth single, "Kings Of The Wild Frontier". It was backed by "Press Darlings". Both songs appeared on the U.S. version of their second album, Kings Of The Wild Frontier, but "Press Darlings" did not appear on the U.K. version. The single reached the #48 spot on the U.K. singles chart.




Adam and The Ants - Kings Of The Wild Frontier




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Athletico Spizz 80 - Do A Runner

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On this date in 1980, Athletico Spizz 80 released their first album under any of their various names. It was called Do A Runner. The album produced three singles, "No Room", "Hot Deserts" and "Central Park", though none charted. The band, during its career, had or will also be known as Spizzenergi, Spizzoil, The Spizzles, Spizzsexual, Spizzorbit and Spizzorwell. They renamed themselves almost annually.




Athletico Spizz 80 - Central Park (live on TV)




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The Radiators - Ghostown

On this date in 1979, The Radiators released their second album, Ghostown. It contained the single, "Let's Talk About The Weather". They were alternately called The Radiators From Outer Space. When the Irish band broke up, Phil Chevron went on to form The Pogues with Shane McGowan.

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