80s Electronica and then some.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – OMD In Concert – March 11, 1984 – BBC In Concert Series – BBC Radio 1
Keeping the 80s going this week with a concert from Electronica/New Wave pioneers OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) in concert from 1984.
Successful practically from the get-go with a string of memorable hits, OMD became a household name with their single Joan of Arc, along with the milestone video that got almost non-stop play on the then-fledgling MTV. They also figured prominently in the teen-angst films of John Hughes, with If You Leave, written especially for Pretty In Pink landing the group in the Top-5.
Cited as a major influence by a number of bands in later years, OMD covered a wide range of musical genres. Not crazy about the idea of being pegged a “synth-pop-techno band”, they embraced New Wave and experimental music throughout much of their early careers. And even though the band broke up in 1996, as tastes and audiences changed towards conventional Brit-Pop, they reformed in 2006 and have been successfully playing the festival circuit the past few years (I ran an OMD concert from a 2011 Pinkpop Festival in Holland not long ago). And have been discovered by a new and enthusiastic audience.
Tonight it’s the earlier incarnation of the band – not quite at their peak, but well on their way.
And a reminder of how versatile the 80s really were. And how interesting MTV actually were before they went south.
The Jam – giving the jolt the music world needed.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Jam – Live at The 100 Club – 1977
Some early Jam this weekend. One of the earlier recorded concerts, done as part of a Special broadcast to the U.S., live from the 100 Club in London, recorded on September 11, 1977.
The UK had already become well accustomed to the Punk and New Wave Movements – the U.S.; not so much – radio was resistant and the audience was slowly coming around by the likes of our own counterparts, The Ramones. But it was still not as universally accepted as it was in other parts of the world. There were still some months to go, and things really wouldn’t get rolling until early 1978.
So this broadcast was something of a introduction to what had been happening for a while in the UK. The Jam proved to be in fine form and this is one of the best sounding early examples of their work.
Nothing like kicking your weekend into high gear.
Genesis circa 1972 – To many, the halcyon days of the band.
Click here for link to Audio Player: 1972-03-11 BBC In Concert (Genesis)
A classic concert this weekend. Genesis, during what many consider to be the halcyon days of the band, when the inimitable Peter Gabriel was lead singer. Recorded on November 3, 1972 at, presumably the BBC’s Paris Theater in London.
Sadly, because it’s a radio concert, you don’t get to experience the theatrics Gabriel employed in the course of the show. But this was also at a time when the music of Genesis was at its best.
You still get an idea of what all the fuss was about for this band in 1972.
The Police – One of the defining bands of the 70’s.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 1980-05-05 BBC In Concert (Police)
The Police managed to straddle the non-conventional Punk and New Wave audience with the more mainstream Pop Music audience to become of the biggest selling and most popular bands in the world during the 70’s and early 80’s.
This week’s concert was recorded on May 5, 1980 at the completion of their latest tour and in Sting’s hometown of Newcastle. The audience is sold out and the energy is high. And for the next hour or so, you get to hear why they were such a popular band.