Altered Images - a boost from John Peel and an acting career for lead singer Clare Grogan helped put them in the limelight.

Altered Images – In Concert 1981 – Nights At The Roundtable: Concert Edition

Altered Images - a boost from John Peel and an acting career for lead singer Clare Grogan helped put them in the limelight.

Altered Images – a boost from John Peel and an acting career for lead singer Clare Grogan helped put them in the limelight.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Altered Images – In Concert – Oct. 17, 1981 – BBC Radio 1

Continuing 80s week with Altered Images. Short-lived by most band’s standards, they attracted a lot of attention from the get-go. A boost from John Peel was a big plus. A budding acting career for lead singer Clare Grogan also helped. And being named Best New Band of 1981 from New Musical Express was the icing on the cake.

They were hailed as one of the biggest New Wave acts at the time and were poised to achieve household name status. From their initial appearance as warm-up act to Siouxsie and The Banshees in 1980 to headlining by 1981, they had a quick and meteoric rise.

But they failed to make a dent in the U.S. and, after their initial jolt of success, weren’t able to duplicate it with follow-up releases.

Their last tour in 1983 included a few U.S. appearances, but by the end of the year the band broke up

As a reminder of Altered Images when they were at the crest of a popularity wave, here is a concert they did from October of 1981, recorded by BBC Radio 1 for their In Concert series.

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