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Hyde Town Hall once played host to one of my favourite bands. Not sure if I ever did buy their records though? Subterfuge were from Denton and I knew some of them I didn't even know what the word meant then. Don't know who The Trend were?
Artefact added : 21st July 2007
by JAX
Arnie Says –
The Trend were a pop band from the Tameside area led by the charismatic Mark Revell from Stalybridge.They had a single out around the time of this gig called 'Everyone Has A Teenage Crush'.I can't remember the rest of the band though.Before The Trend he was in local heavy rock band Legend and I believe that he played at the Station in Ashton not long ago.
COMMENT ADDED 26th July 2007
Big Block 454 Says –
I have a single by The Trend - "Polly and Wendy", released by MCA in 1980. I'll scan the cover when I get round to it.

Night Visitors played at least one gig with The Trend, at Derby Hall in Bury in 1980.
COMMENT ADDED 26th July 2007
Arnie Says –
Big Block......The Trend were well known around the Ashton area(especially among the girls)and rumour has it that this song was written about two sisters who went to their gigs.Not to make it too obvious who the song was about(although it was),one of them had her name changed to Polly.In reality,'Polly' used to flog fake S.U. cards and I Wendy out once,the second time her mum phoned me up to say she was ill !!.Happy days.
COMMENT ADDED 27th July 2007
Dave Nuttall Says –
Subterfuge were a great band. Started off doing Black Sabbath covers If I recall correctly.
COMMENT ADDED 15th April 2008
Nicolae Says –
If I recall correctly, Subterfuge were like a poor man's Rush
COMMENT ADDED 15th April 2008
abdom Says –
I always thought Subterfuge were a bit like a cross between A poor mans Magazine and XTC.
As a committed punk at the time I thought they were a bit too arty. By which I mean they knew how to play their instruments! (no street cred in that in those days)
I saw them a couple of times and played on the same bill at Wilton Street in Denton with them once. Most of them went to Audenshawe Grammer I think.
I know David Thompson who I knew from Town Lane did. I am fairly sure Kevin Driscol was a member too but he was an ex Two Trees Boy.
COMMENT ADDED 16th April 2008
Big Block 454 Says –
I think a poor man's Magazine / XTC sounds better than a poor man's Rush playing Black Sabbath covers !
COMMENT ADDED 16th April 2008
Nicolae Says –
Well it was more an impoverished peasant's Magazine/XTC as opposed to a temporarily financially embarrassed Rush IIH (WIA).
COMMENT ADDED 16th April 2008
dave wright Says –
I used to see The Trend regularly at the Spread Eagle in Ashton-Under-Lyne and The Gransmoor in Openshaw. A brilliant live band, like a really good Boomtown Rats, they couldn't transfer the energy onto record. They were signed by MCA and did a tour with, Would you believe it, Wishbone Ash!
COMMENT ADDED 7th November 2008
Phoenix76 Says –
I saw The Trend in a big pub in Salford, Eccles ??
during '81 when they had a weekly gig, and I remember a song which I still sing the chorus today,
Routine, Routine, have yourself a Routine.

my mate from that era Steve Guiness from Dukinfield was a mate of the band so I ended up seeing them playing around South/East Manchester.

Mark sang on an Icicle works 1990 album, which proves the old 6 degrees of Separation theory.
all roads lead to Bob Dylan. !
COMMENT ADDED 19th May 2009
granata Says –
Phil Hartley of Subterfuge is back gigging around Manchester with a great singer (seen at the Thirsty Scholar and due to play in Didsbury). 2010 seems to be another year of the reunion what with The Distractions also back - 'Black Velvet' EP available for digital download with a limited number of CD promos. See Occultation Recordings website (www.occultation.c...) for details of how to order, and keep an eye on www.thedistractio... for news of the forthcoming 12" single and CD album in 2011.
COMMENT ADDED 22nd August 2010
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