Modern Eon – in session for John Peel – January 28, 1981 – BBC Radio 1
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Modern Eon to end out the week. In session for John Peel at BBC Radio 1 – recorded on January 28, 1981 and broadcast on February 5th.
A short-lived band, for the most part (if being together for four years is considered short-lived, some would disagree). The band, originally called Luglo Slugs, were founded by guitarist/vocalist Alix Plain (real name Alex Johnson) and bassist Danny Hampson, later joined by drummer Dave Hardbattle. The Luglo Slugs lineup recorded “Benched Down/70s Sixties” at Open Eye Studios in Liverpool. Soon after the recording, Hardbattle left. Guitarist Ged Allen and drummer Joey McKechnie joined, and the band eventually decided on the name Modern Eon. The Open Eye recording was released under the name Modern Eon in late 1978 on the compilation album Street to Street: A Liverpool Album.
After one self-released EP, Pieces, released on Eon Records in 1979, they recorded the single “Euthenics” for Inevitable Records in 1980. Allen and McKechnie left the band in 1980, prior to the recording of their debut album, and were replaced by Bob Wakelin (strings, vocals, percussion) and Tim Lever (guitar, saxophone), with Cliff Hewitt (drums) joining shortly thereafter.
In early 1981, a rerecorded version of “Euthenics” was released as a single on Dindisc followed by two more singles, “Child’s Play” and “Mechanic”. Fiction Tales was released in mid 1981 to much critical acclaim. After a tour was arranged that year, drummer Hewitt critically injured his wrist, forcing them to go on tour using Hewitt’s drum playing on a tape machine. Modern Eon dissolved by the end of 1981 while working on demos for a second album, which was never released.
Lever later played with Dead or Alive, while Hewitt was a member of Apollo 440.
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