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April 1981

April 30, 1981 Comments off

April 01 – The Expressos. The review below is from “Sounds” dated April 18th.

April 02 – Rage

April 03 – Reluctant Stereotypes

April 04 – Johnny Marr’s 7th Sun. Support: Dirty Strangers

April 05 – The Meteors. Support: El Trains

April 06 – TV Smith & The Explorers

April 07 – Money. Support: Devotion

April 08 – White Heat

April 09 – Michael De Barres & His Chequered Past. The clip above is from Michael and Chequered Past but the line up is somewhat different to the band that played tonight. Clem Burke is on drums and Nigel Harrison on bass (both ex-Blondie) but the clip has Steve Jones (ex-Sex Pistols) on guitar and Tony Sales on keyboards instead of Andy Barnet (ex-Urchin) and Nick Sykes.

April 10 – Reluctant Stereotypes

April 11 – Pretty Things

April 12 – Modern English

April 13 – The Polecats

April 14 – The Polecats

April 15 – Livewire

April 16 – Angelwitch

April 17 – Angelwitch

April 18 – Ken Hensley & Shotgun. Ken left Uriah Heep last autumn after 10 years in the band. His new album, “Free Spirit” was released last month. Shotgun consists of Pete Thompson – drums (ex-Silverhead), Ian Gibbons – keyboards (ex-Kinks), Derek Marshall – guitar (ex Marshall Fury) and Denny Ball – bass. The review below is from “Sounds” dated May 9th.


April 19 – Ken Hensley & Shotgun

April 20 – Rose Tattoo. This was the band’s first trip to The Marquee (and London?). They came across to promote themselves both here and in Europe prior to a major tour later on. The clip above comes from German television at this time.

April 21 – Rose Tattoo

April 22 – Atomic Rooster

April 23 – The Belle Stars

April 24 – Reluctant Stereotypes. Support: The Americans

April 25 – Supercharge ’81

April 26 – Weapon

April 27 – The Lemons

April 28 – Dolly Mixture. Here they are with their single from later this year, “Been Teen”.

April 29 – White Heat

April 30 – Thompson Twins

January 1981

January 31, 1981 Comments off

January 01 – Closed

January 02 – Sector 27 with Tom Robinson. Here are Tom Robinson, Jo Burt, Stevie B and Derek Quinton performing “Where Can We Go Tonight” from the album Sector 27 

January 03 – Pretty Things

January 04 – Lindisfarne

January 05 – Thompson Twins

January 06 – The Straps

January 07 – The Rockets

January 08 – The Lambrettas

January 09 – Eddie & The Hot Rods

January 10 – Lionheart. Formed last month by ex-Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton and Tygers Of Pan Tang vocalist, Jess Cox, the band run into problems with this, their first gig. Stratton felt that Cox’s vocal style did not complement the harmony work of the rest of the band and they parted company. Why this wasn’t resolved in rehearsals is anyone’s guess!

January 11 – Long Tall Shorty

January 12 – Tea Set

January 13 – The Name

January 14 – The 01 Band

January 15 – Martian Dance

January 16 – The Jackie Lynton Band

January 17 – Frankie Miller

January 18 – New Electric Warriors, London Final: Turbo + Race Against Time

January 19 – The Look

January 20 – More

January 21 – Modettes

January 22 – Budgie, heard here with “Reaper Of The Glory”

January 23 – Johnny Marr’s 7th Sun

January 24 – Closed – Private party

January 25 – The Polecats. Here they are with their first single, “John, I’m Only Dancing” which captures the band as they were at this time

January 26 – Angelwitch

January 27 – More

January 28 – The Psychedelic Furs, seen above with “Dumb Waiters”. Support: In Camera

January 29 – The Psychedelic Furs. Support: In Camera

January 30 – The Spizzles. Until the end of last year The Spizzles were known as Athletico Spizz 80. The review below is from “Sounds” dated February 14.

January 31 – The Spizzles