XTC – It would not be the 80s without them.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – XTC In Concert At Hammersmith Palais – February 7, 1981 – BBC In Concert Series – BBC Radio 1
You can’t have a week of 80s music without including a concert by XTC. They pretty much defined the decade (at least the first half) for me. One of the most instantly identifiable and influential bands to come out of that period. XTC were labelled all kinds of things – but they insisted on being considered a Pop band.
They embodied the craft of tight, well-executed song-making. From brilliant lyrics to instrumental lines, XTC were one of the most competent and successful bands of the period.
Listening to this concert, recorded on February 7, 1981 at the Hammersmith Palais in London, every song carries with it an indelible mark. And it’s amazing how many memorable hits they had during their tenure, and the energy level borders on Mach One. This goes under the heading of “Classic Concert”.
So as a reminder of how great this band was, here is XTC in concert as recorded by the ever-present BBC for their In Concert series for Radio 1.
I don’t think I need to tell you to crank this one up very loud.
Mixing it up, musically.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – UB40 In Concert – June 13, 1981 – BBC In Concert Series – BBC Radio 1
Continuing with the 80s tonight and a concert by UB40 from June 13, 1981. Recorded, as always, by the venerable BBC Radio as part of their In Concert Series.
Part of the Reggae/Ska movement of the late 1970s/early 80s UB40 were, in many ways, a breed apart from the beat-driven frenetic sounds of The Specials or the high-voltage energy of Madness. UB40 took it down a few notches and offered up some luxurious song-writing that factored high on many “music to shag to” lists in the early 1980s. They were hugely popular throughout the world and were voted Best British Band in 1984. All told, UB40 have sold some 70 million records during their long career.
They’ve gone through many career ups and downs and have weathered numerous personnel changes over the 30+ years, but they’re still together and still gigging.
This concert, from 1981 captures them during their formative years. Already with a string of hits, the best was still yet to come.
So, as a reminder of just how the 80s rolled . . . .