Top five 70s & 80s music pioneers that keep on burning
- Neil Cooper
- 21 October 2014
This article is from 2014.
Featuring The Pop Group, Young Marble Giants, Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Sexual Objects and Pere Ubu
Bristol's incendiary troupe of avant-punk insurrectionists return after this year's Celtic Connections show to perform their just re-pressed We Are Time album in full. Manic dub-funk sloganeering dangerous enough to bring down governments.
Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Mon 20 Oct; We Are Time, a re-issue of their 1980 post-punk album and Cabinet of Curiosities, a nine-track compilation of rarities, are both released on Mon 20 Oct.
The minimal palette of Cardiff trio Young Marble Giants' first and only album, Colossal Youth, remains as spooky and fragile today as it was when it crept quietly into the post-punk landscape in 1980.
Stereo, Glasgow, Mon 20 Oct.
Subway Sect's support slot of the Clash's May 1977 ‘White Riot’ tour at Edinburgh Playhouse inspired what would become The Sound of Young Scotland. Godard's re-recordings of his vintage northern soul period can be heard on 1979 NOW!.
Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 14 Nov; Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Sat 15 Nov.
One of those attending the Edinburgh ‘White Riot’ date was Davy Henderson, who formed Fire Engines, Win and the Nectarine No 9 before morphing into the Sexual Objects, who have frequently backed Godard. Pop Group guitarist Gareth Sager collaborated with the Nectarine No 9, and when Pop Group drummer Bruce Smith is on PiL duty, the Sexual Objects’ drummer Ian Holford has been known to step into the breach.
Crawling out of Cleveland, Ohio in 1975 and named after Alfred Jarry's proto-absurdist play, David Thomas' antsy sci-fi-fused garage band have just released their latest album, Carnival of Souls. In 1981, Young Marble Giants’ bassist Phil Moxham played on Thomas' solo record, The Sound of the Sand.
Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Tue 18 Nov.