The Brigade were locals too. I played drums for them.
The support; Karen Hall's band, 'The Danny Boys' were also Manchester based.
By fluke, a few years later, I worked in the same advertising agency as Karen.
'Little Martin' was Martin Pendergrast (one part of T-Coy with Mike Pickering - later of M People 'fame'). He was one of the earliest exponents of the 'style' that eventually became known as 'baggy'.
As early as 1983-4, he had the Byrdsian basin cut (along with John Squire), and he wore semi-flares and turtle-neck jumpers; cotton plaid shirts etc.
He relocated to the States just before the whole Madchester thing was foisted on us. I only saw him a couple of times after that, but his sister, Brenda, and the rest of his family remained in Chorlton.
Never quite got his love for the dross that is/was Chicago House, but hey, a million people can't be wrong right? Right?
Could write so much.. the Hacienda was so much fun then this house stuff started ... and it got better.
thats why James debut sounds like the Birthday Party/Beefheart crossed with James Brown and Funkadelic!
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