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Added 30th October 2010 by dubwise-er


Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, Distractions, Foreign Press, Harlem Spirit, Mothmen, Steve Toon
Manchester Polytechnic Cavendish House
8th October 1981

Not sure what the cryptic writings around the sides allude to....”We have a right to work, yes we do!”. Chelsea’s catchcry still having resonance at that time, and a good anthem to boot....
Been messin' around with this one; can't seem to make the writing any clearer.....must soldier on.

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“The cryptic writings refer to the 'Right To Work' march from Liverpool to the Tory conference in Blackpool via Manchester in October '81. Here's some detail from the Manchester Poly gigs on 10/10/81:

"March for the right to work out of Warrington, through the town centre into the City of Salford, to Manchester Poly for the gig... A chance to see the first bands on the 'Anger On The Road' Tour."

"A Travolta disco floor (spotlights and grids) hangs from the ceiling and a massive RAR banner with Thatcher painted as a chicken under the slogan 'RUN THATCHER RUN!' is draped behind the stage. Harlem Spirit slip on for some "Moss Side jazz funk". 'CheckOut The Disco' and 'Love Game' win me over and I have to smile. "OK, we move you gently into reggae." Maybe it was the bass beat or maybe the first pint of Tetley's (don't gimme no Moscow Mule!) I'd had in days, but Harlem Spirit were uplifting. The pint lasted a few seconds but the band keep buzzing and humping as the fluorescent RAR sign burnt on at the back of the hall."

"The Distractions were great. The songs don't matter; the singer swayed and shuffled in bow tie and suit (black) and the music bounced. While they swing, I talked to Paul, an unemployed chippie from Harrogate..."

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23 Nov 2010
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