Gloriously fine debut 7″ single from Magazine. Dedicated to all the folk that travelled down to London to see the reformed band (less John McGeoch of course) perform these last two nights, and for those travelling up to Manchester today.
Photograph is of Howard Devoto hanging down the Roxy club in Covent Garden during 1977.
Text from Da Wikki…
The band was formed in Manchester by Howard Devoto shortly after he left The Buzzcocks in early 1977. In April 1977 he met guitarist John McGeoch, then an art student, and they began writing songs, some of which would appear on the first Magazine material. They then recruited Barry Adamson on bass, Bob Dickinson on keyboards and Martin Jackson (previously of The Freshies) on drums, to form the first line-up of the band, which signed to Virgin Records. The band played their debut live gig at the Rafters, in Manchester, on 28 October 1977.
Dickinson, whose background was in classical and avant-garde music, left shortly after a number of gigs in late 1977, and in early 1978 the band released their first single ‘Shot By Both Sides’, recorded by the band as four-piece and an only guitar-bass-drums sound similar to punk. Shortly after the single’s release, Dave Formula,who had also played with a 1960’s shortly famed rock band from Manchester called St. Louis Union, joined as keyboardist. ‘Shot By Both Sides’, the chorus of which shared the same progression as The Buzzcocks’ ‘Lipstick’ reached the Top 50 in the UK singles chart. Its cover was an early example of the goth influence in punk. The band, with Formula on keyboards, made its first major TV appearance on Top Of The Pops in February 1978, performing the single.
Following a British tour to promote their first album ‘Real Life’, Jackson left in late July, and was replaced briefly by Paul Spencer, who performed with the band for gigs across Europe and some television appearances, including the Old Grey Whistle Test, where they played ‘Definitive Gaze’. Spencer quit partway through the tour, joining The Speedometors shortly afterwards, and he was replaced in October by John Doyle, who completed the Real Life promotional tour and remained in the band.
In 1979 the second album, ‘Secondhand Daylight’, a more experimental and more keyboard and synthesizer based material, followed. The same year, McGeoch, Adamson and Formula joined electronic project Visage, recording and releasing the single ‘Tar’.
After the release of the album, Devoto decided to change producer, choosing Martin Hannett, who produced their next album in the same year, ‘The Correct Use of Soap’. Following its release John McGeoch decided to leave the band, tired of the low sales of the band’s previous recordings and their not so guitar playing-oriented songs joining Siouxsie And The Banshees. To replace him the band called Robin Simon, who previously was in Ultravox and Neo. That line-up toured across Europe and Australia, recording their next release, the live album ‘Play’. Simon made some initial recordings and rehearsals for the ‘Magic Murder And The Weather’ album, including co-writing the song ‘So Lucky’, but he left the band before the album was released so that he could record on the John Foxx solo album The Garden.
Again without a guitarist, Devoto called in his former college mate at Bolton, Ben Mandelson (former Amazorblades member). This lineup completed the recording of ‘Magic, Murder And The Weather’ in 1981, but Devoto quit in May of the same year months before its release of the album. A year later, ‘After The Fact’, the first Magazine compilation was released.
Adamson continued collaborating with Visage, and also began to work with The Birthday Party and Pete Shelley, Formula continued as member of Visage and joined Ludus, Mandelson joined The Mekons, and Doyle joined The Armoury Show in Scotland in 1983, along with John McGeoch.