Thursday, June 24, 2010

Albany Gigs, 1972-1980

Another one of Colin Bodium's (Bo) Albany posters, this one a list of acts that played at its old Creek Road location between 1972 and 1980 (click to enlarge photo). Some legendary names from punk/post punk to jazz, and lots of people I've never heard of. Here's the full list:

Abraca; Alien Kulture (Asian punk band), Amba, Alternative TV (great punk band fronted by Deptford's Mark Perry), Androids of Mu (punk/hippy/free festival crossover), Aubana, Au Pairs (post-punk feminist politics), Auto da Fe, Basement Five (black post-punk band from Forest Hill), Big Chief, Debbie Bishop, Bluebirds, The Blues Band, Bongo Danny and the Enchanters, The Box, The Bread and Butter Band, Syd Bishop and the Comedowns, Chelsea (first generation punk band), Chords (SE London mod revivalists), Convent Nuns, Cool Boys, Cool Thrust, John Cooper Clarke (punk poet), Copasetics, The Cortinas (Bristol punk band including 2010 Turner Prize nominee Dexter Dalwood), Elvis Costello and the Attractions (you've heard of him, right?).

Da Garti, Dance Band, Dr Sax, Dire Straits (biggest band ever to emerge from Deptford), Delta Five (female fronted post punk), Drowning not Waving, Early Days, Electric Storm, Executives, Extro 2, Fabulous Poodles (Deptford band that had US hit with Mirror Star), Fashion, Patrick Fitzgerald ('Safety pin stuck in my heart'), Flackettes, Flatbackers, Flying Pickets (acapella band linked to Albany, had 1980s hits including version of Only You), Carol Grimes (feminist singer), Sweet FA, Gusha Band, The Gymslips (all girl pop punk, I saw them once at the Hope and Anchor in Upper St), Hardware, Headline, Hi Tones, 100s and 1000s, Idiot Dancers, Jabba, Jona Lewie, Juice on the Loose.

Kakoullie, Jo-Anne Kelly, Kleenex (Swiss post-punk girl band), Kraze, Leopards, Lonesome no More, The Lucy's, The Lurkers (West London wannabe Ramones), Magnets, Johnny Mars, Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolds, Matumbi (reggae band with Dennis Bovell), Merger, Menace, Merton Parkas (South West London mod revivalists), Misty (UK reggae, saw them once in Luton), Monitors, Mutiny, Nine Below Zero, 90 Inclusive, Naiad, The O.T.S, The Otters, Paraphanalia, The Piranhas (Brighton band, had hit with Tom Hark), Psychedelic Furs ('Pretty in Pink, Presto Clubs, Pressure Shocks, Punters, Psalms.

Raaw, Raincoats (great post punk women's band, later feted by Kurt Cobain), Realists (Deptford new wave, released stuff on Stiff Records), Red Lights, Red Tape, Reflectors, Replicas, Reggae Regular, Rejects, Rubber Johnny, Rudi and the Rialtos, Ruts (great West London punk band), Salt, Jimmy Scott (US jazz singer), Searchers (1960s Merseybeat), Seven Year Itch, Shoot Straight at Right Angles, Silly Boy Lemon, Soul Band, Spare Parts, Spitz Energy (so the poster says, presumably Spizzennergi, famous for 'Where's Captain Kirk?'), Spread, Squeeze (need no introduction - second biggest band from Deptford/Greenwich after Dire Straits), Stagefright, Stan Tracey (Camberwell-born jazz legend), Steel'n'skin, Stone Cold Sober, Strange Fruit, Target, Tea Pot, This Heat (still infuential post punk band from Deptford), Top Hat, UK Subs (Charlie Harper's long standing punk band), Victims of Pleasure, Mike Westbrook Band (influential British jazz composer), Young Bucks, Young Marble Giants (ethereal post-punk, The XX remind me of them).

Anyone remember any of these gigs at the Albany? Or does anyone want to add to the list?

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