The Little Big Band was the one man band - the guy in the hat, who always busked blues covers near the steps in St Anne's Sq by the Royal Exchange. Was he called Rob something? Gray was it? Do I recall an unlikely Factory connection or am I making that up?? Think I saw him play at the Hac once??
I was at the Weddoes gig. David Gedge was originally from Middleton. I stood at his feet on that high stage marvelling at his non-stop mega-fast tuneful thrash. A pre-runner to the Arctic Monkeys lyrically, I'd say. We had a pint in the Lass O Gowrie prior to the gig and walked down to Longsight - the cast of Red Dwarf were in, fresh from a recording session at the BBC next door.
Seeing the Napalm Death gig reminds me of an interesting night a year or two previously when both Thrash Metal and Rap were at break-through points. Maybe around the time of Public Enemy's first album? Pre-Beasties.
Martin Price and a couple of the E-Bloc guys held a one off night at the Boardwalk which played only those two sounds. This was pre - rap/metal crossover. There was maybe a dozen people in the venue, but a few weeks later the place would have been rammed. Not sure if the night was repeated?
Yeah, a little voice was saying Durutti Column as the link. (Ever wonder how/why we remember all this stuff!!??) From that prompt, Ive Googled it and yeah, it seems he released three cassette albums on Factory with Vini Reilly and other Factory/local notables providing backup. Ive added him as an artist - this item needs linking please cody/mat.
Little Big Band (Rob Gray) link added, keep digging into the memory banks, all good stuff!
I agree with Tony on the Wedding Pres being a definite pre-runner to the Arctic Monkeys, great songwriter David Gedge, always a thrill live, never a dry T-shirt in the house after a gig - which much have been a bonus for the merchandise stall.
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