Special Sub-Topic: Mods MayDay '79
|Terry Murphy was the man whose brainchild the show, and recording, were.
He was the landlord of the venue, a "ropey mock-Tudor pub" in Canning Town, London. What was the name of the pub?|
The Bridge House. Murphy released "Mods Mayday '79" on his own Bridgehouse record label. It was the inclusion of the Secret Affair tracks, "Time for Action" and "Let Your Heart Dance", which ensured the future iconic status of the album, as they were both Top 40 hits within weeks of the Mayday show.
|Which band were given the job of opening the show when the band who were originally booked failed to show up?|
Squire. The Little Roosters were originally booked to open the show, but they didn't turn up. Squire had loaded up their gear and gone to the venue in the hopes of "blagging their way onstage" and were offered the chance of the opening slot, which they took.
|Which member of the Merton Parkas went on to find success with Dexy's Midnight Runners and the Style Council?|
Mick Talbot. On the original vinyl release, the Merton Parkas' songs were pulled as they had signed a recording deal with Beggars Banquet Records, but their set is on the CD of the show which includes all the surviving recordings from the day.
During the 1980s, Mick Talbot and Paul Weller had six Top Ten hits in the UK Singles Chart as the Style Council.
|The most commercially successful 'Mayday' band was Secret Affair.
What name was given to their core following of dedicated fans?|
Glory Boys. The more die-hard members of the Glory Boys would go to the length of having the words tattooed on themselves to show their dedication to the band and the Glory Boy 'ethos'.
"Glory Boys" was the title of Secret Affair's first album, released in 1979. The album reached number 41 in the mainstream UK Album Chart.
|One song by Secret Affair is often called the "Anthem of the Mod Revival."
It also achieved mainstream success in the UK Singles Chart in 1979.
Which song is it?|
Time for Action. "Time for Action" spent 10 weeks in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 13.
The band had five UK hit singles altogether, between 1979 and 1981.
|From Squire's six song set, only three tracks were included on the original vinyl album. One of them is named for a famous London street; which street is it?|
King's Road. Mod classic "Walking Down the King's Road" was released as a single on the I-Spy record label founded by Secret Affair front man Ian Page.
In spite of extensive airplay it failed to climb any higher than number 75 in the UK Singles Charts.
All six of the Squire tracks recorded at the Mayday session were included on the CD release of the album.
|The Merton Parkas set included a cover of a song which had been a UK number one hit single in 1970, (for the original artist,) and was also a Top Ten hit in 1979 for The Beat.
Which song was this?|
Tears of a Clown. "Tears of a Clown," written by Stevie Wonder, Hank Cosby and Smokey Robinson, was originally recorded by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles in 1967.
It was on its re-release in 1970 that it reached the number one spot in the UK Singles Charts.
The Beat's version reached number six in 1979, and was the first of five Top Ten hits for them.
|Which of the bands on the Mayday bill featured Mark Casson as lead vocalist?|
The Mods. The other members of The Mods on the day were Alan Robson, Dave Ross, and Ian Guthrie.
|Can you complete these lines, written by Ian Page of Secret Affair?
"But if these dreams aren't really new,
Tell me why __________"|
They never came true. From the sleeve notes of "Glory Boys" and the CD version of "Mods Mayday '79" Ian Page's words summed up the hope, dreams and despair of the "lost boys" in their "cheap suits" looking for something to believe in.
|The very last song to be performed (and recorded) at the Mayday show was the aptly named "End of the Night."
Which band sang it?|
Small Hours. Journalist Garry Bushell described the Small Hours as "Soul Meets Springsteen at the Grassroots of Mod" and declared them to be "the best new band he'd ever seen."
It was his review of "Mods Mayday '79" in "Sounds" magazine that brought the record to wider public attention, and is credited with it achieving a chart position in the UK.
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