The Opposition - in concert - 1985

The Opposition - formed in 1979 and still going strong.

The Opposition – In Concert – 1985 – Past Daily Soundbooth

The Opposition - in concert - 1985
The Opposition – formed in 1979 and still going strong.

The Opposition – live at Paris Theatre, London – BBC Radio 1 In Concert series – BBC Radio –

The Opposition in concert tonight – recorded at the legendary Paris Theatre in London in 1985 by BBC Radio 1 for their weekly In Concert series.

From the band’s bio which lays it all out:

The Opposition 2019 features Mark Long from the original band. Mark formed the Opposition in 1979 as a four piece with Chris Thompson on bass, Ralph Hall on drums and Dave Wolfson, keyboards and sax. The band recorded one album in 1979 but split before it could be released. Mark and Ralph continued the band and were joined by Marcus Bell, to form the classic Opposition line up. In 1994 with various line ups and 8 albums later, Mark and Marcus played their last live gig in France. 24 years later the Opposition is on the road again, to promote a new album and release of the remastered back catalogue.

They recorded Three LPs for Charisma — Intimacy, Promises, and Empire Days — followed in close succession between 1983 and 1985. A lengthy hiatus for the group ensued after that, and Long and Bell splintered off to record slick pop as So, a side project of sorts that spawned a minor hit in 1988 with “Are You Sure.” The Opposition resumed for 1990s Blue Alice Blue and 1993’s War Begins at Home prior to breaking up.

The concert coincides with the 1985 release of Empire Days, which at the time wasn’t released yet.

Get ready for the weekend and enjoy the show while you’re at it.

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