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The NME advert from November 83 featuring an appearance from The Smiths.

This particular gig was the homecoming gig to end all. The venue was packed and hundreds left outside. The band did TOTP that very evening with This Charming Man and got the train up to play the gig (on stage after midnight).

The first we saw of them was on the screens either side of the stage as they were leaving the dressing rooms downstairs and coming up the stairs towards the stage.

Hysteria followed!

The support was James playing what seems to be their 4th ever gig.

James played:

Chain Mail
Just Hip
Island Swing

The Smiths played:

Handsome Devil
Still Ill
This Charming Man
Pretty Girls Make Graves
Reel Around The Fountain
Miserable Lie
This Night Has Opened My Eyes
What Difference Does It Make?
Hand In Glove
You've Got Everything Now

These Things Take Time
This Charming Man

Accept Yourself
Hand In Glove
Artefact added : 5th June 2007
by jsz
mat Says –
i would have loved to have been at this!
Abigail Says –
Wow. Who was the Gay Traitor, and who did he betray?
jsz Says –
Anthony Blunt, and this country (to the Russians).
mat Says –
i thought it was kim philby?
jsz Says –
The pic on the wall in The Gay Traitor was of Anthony Blunt. The Kim Philby bar was the main one upstairs.
mat Says –
i am soooo wrong.
Tony/Longfella Says –
Metal percussion was big in 83 - I'll write up the legendary (in our house) Einsturzende Neubaten gig from the April sometime - mentioned elsewhere on this site briefly.

SPK were a mult-racial outfit whose name stood for something different with each record release (like Spizz.) These included, Seppukku, Surgical Penis Klinik and Socialistisches Patienten Kollectiv - fact fans!

I caught them at the Poly a few months later and the singer swung a 10ft length of heavy chain over the audiences heads with strobe lights flashing. I'm a lanky git - nearly had my head off! Exciting though.

Depeche Mode then appropriated the Neubauten/SPK/Test Dept vibe and the rest is history.

Wish I'd seen Divine!
johntracy Says –
Frankie Goes to Hollywood were just breaking with Relax and had pretty full on stage routine with girls in those days, as a good saturday night
COMMENT ADDED 27th July 2007
huey Says –
I was there and yes it was mental. The band had to get back from London where they were doing TOTP and didn't arrive on stage until really late. When they did the place erupted...the atmosphere was unreal. James were amazing too... I'd previously seen them play at Devilles
COMMENT ADDED 15th August 2007
mypig7 Says –
Hi I'm making a doc. about the hacienda auction. All profits to Kidneys for life. Any chance I can use your pic of a flyer in the film?

COMMENT ADDED 30th May 2012
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