Magazine – In Concert at Fox Warfield – August 15, 1980 – ©Terry Hammer Archives
Over to San Francisco for a set by Post-Punk/New Wave conglomerate extraordinaire Magazine, in concert at The Fox Warfield and diligently and thankfully recorded by Terry Hammer and broadcast over KALX in Berkeley on August 15, 1980.
Another great example of a pile of historic, rare and excellent recordings, preserving a milestone period in Music history – one where there was a lot of activity and much of it hadn’t been captured, save for a few forward-thinking souls who knew how to mix and hit the record button at just the right time.
Fronted by former Buzzcocks co-founder Howard Devoto, Magazine were one of the standout bands in the Post-Punk period of the early 1980s who made a successful splash in the U.S., thanks in large part to many of the FM stations getting into the Rock Of The 80’s format.
Magazine’s second album, Secondhand Daylight, was released in 1979, reaching the UK Top 40. The album featured a greater use of synthesisers. That same year, McGeoch, Adamson and Formula joined electronic project Visage, recording and releasing the single “Tar”.
After the release of Secondhand Daylight, Devoto decided to change producers. He chose Martin Hannett, who produced their next album, The Correct Use of Soap, released the following year and again making the Top 30. Following its release, McGeoch decided to leave the band, tired of Magazine’s low sales and their less guitar-oriented songs. He soon joined Siouxsie and the Banshees. To replace him, the band hired Robin Simon, who had been in Ultravox and Neo. That lineup toured across Europe and Australia, recording their next release, the live album Play. Simon made some initial recordings and rehearsals for what would be the next Magazine album, including co-writing the song “So Lucky”, but he left the band before the album was released so that he could record the John Foxx solo album The Garden.
The show at San Francisco’s Fox Warfield was prime Magazine, getting them on the rise and playing before a generally stoked audience.
Good times – good sounds – play loud. Get ready for the weekend.
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