Blyth Power – Timebox, Bull And Gate, Kentish Town, London – 15.10.86


Goodbye General To Lose / Stand Into Danger / Lady Politic Would Be / Bricklayers Arms / Coriolanus / Probably Wont Be Easy / Ixion Pinned / Father O Brien / Hurling Time / Cannonade / Probably Going To Rain / Caligula / Marius Moves

Bind Their Kings In Chains / John O Gaunt / Junction Signal / Some Of Shelly’s Hang Ups / Smoke From Cromwells Time / Emmanuel / The Mermaid / God Has Gone Wrong Again

A performance recorded at Jon ‘Fat’ Beast’s Timebox club night, which I think was going to be released at some stage as a mini LP. It wasn’t to be, but some of the tracks ended up on the ‘Timebox’ compilation LP which was released in  1987 with acts like Menticide, Thatcher On Acid and Stump also sharing the track-listing.

A scorching performance by the band, at the time promoting the excellent ‘Junction Signal’ single, recorded through the mixing desk, by ‘Fat’ Beast himself.

Plenty more rare studio and live Blyth Power on this site if you use the search function.

  1. kaplan
    April 22, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Blyth Power had 2 gourgeous women in their ranks, any chance to see some pix ?

  2. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    April 22, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    All the Blyth Power material uploaded so far was the first line up with Sarah and Andy on backing vocals, there are loads of photos of Sarah on the posts already stuck on the site if you search for Blyth in the search function. Also photos in ‘Puppies and thier friends’ in photo gallery.
    The second line up of Blyth Power with Sian, as duel vocalist, will be uploaded in post 86 section at some point when I get access to my tapes, that are all in a box at work. I have not been to work for three weeks now. Back next week, so more tapes to be uploaded.
    I will also put some nice photos up with the posts.

  3. johng
    April 25, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    when did blythe power first start playing live?
    the first time i saw them in manchester was infront of about 20 people in a weird little club that no band before or since ever played in,it was next to piccadilly train station(some intention?)
    i also saw them in a place in hackney that was an squatted old school maybe?85 ish?
    enjoying this upload

  4. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    April 25, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    here is a list of dates that I supplied Josef with, to put on his website. Have a look, see if you recognise the gigs you attended.

  5. johng
    April 25, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    was the blue house maybe an old squatted school?that was the only place i got to see them in london.
    the main bit of memory i have of the night i remember is the guitarist starting to play the opening to pretty vacant and being heclked very loudly .
    hadnt listend to blyth power for ages until tonight

  6. Tony Puppy
    Tony Puppy
    April 25, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Blyth Power played at one of the Bingo Hall gigs – at that time Val Puppy was on backing vocals for their version of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Sound of Silence’.

    That was the first time I saw them.

  7. luggy
    April 25, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    The Blue House a.k.a. Sutton House is the oldest house in Hackney although the gigs were held in a newer extension in the back. Originally squatted by German Christine (R.I.P) [EDIT: Thankfully this was just a dodgy rumour & she’s very much alive]& Karen from Yeovil (she’s in one of Wilf’s Mob drawings with a burnt-out helicopter).
    Now open as a National Trust property which apparently includes some info on it’s time as a squat.

  8. Tony Puppy
    Tony Puppy
    April 26, 2008 at 12:53 am

    The Blue House Cravat told me she was going to was meant to be nearer the Hackney Central station than the Sutton House mentioned here.

    Could there have been two places?

  9. alistairliv
    April 26, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Could it have been Hackney Central station building – the original Victorian structure ? I am sure I went to a squat “party” there in late eighties – but it was like a scene from one of Gustave Dore’s hellish illustrations of life in the Victorian east end – pitch dark apart from three candles, bodies huddled in corners, freezing cold, only furniture a broken chair, ragged homeless people picking oakum etc.

    Now a restaurant according to North London Railway History Society

  10. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    April 26, 2008 at 10:09 am

    The Blue House was an old school down Homerton way, the building near Hackney Central was sometimes called the ‘Mankind Club’ or ‘Kerouacs’ depending on what flyer you got, see the My Bloody Valentine post on this site (April 12th 2008) to see a poster for this venue. Angles Of Light (PTV) and Blood And Roses both performed there.

  11. luggy
    April 26, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Wiki article here:

    It was pretty close to Hackney Central, just a short walk along Sutton Place & through the churchyard.
    I remember sorting out the wiring for the gig part of the house.
    It was sad when I heard Christine had O.D’d in Germany. [EDIT: Thankfully this was just a dodgy rumour & she’s very much alive] She was really positive & enthuasiastic at a time when some of us were feeling a bit jaded about running squat venues.

  12. alistairliv
    April 27, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Just checked – Luggy’s wikipaedia Sutton House reference had been automatically filed as ‘spam’, as was my attempt to post wiki link. Unspammed them.

    Sutton House also on You Tube – was featured in an episode of ‘Most Haunted’.

  13. johng
    April 27, 2008 at 10:22 am

    fascinating stuff,wonder what the ‘stoned squatters’ graffiti’ mentioned on the telegraph website says?

  14. kaplan
    April 28, 2008 at 7:40 am

    hackney hackney ok but it should be more famous for being the place where the Death Factory used to make its irritating noises…

  15. Phil R
    Phil R
    November 9, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Trying to think of who else might have lived at the blue hse..Slyme you lived there with Pinkie M didnt you? And there was Andy and Rob Josh and Stu..Did Master Bates live there too?

  16. andus
    November 9, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    This is another band that should have been much bigger than they were. Joseph Porter the best lyricist of all time, McCartney/Lennon get off the stage and take a bow. Roger Waters go away. Saw this band play in various places probably about 50 times, they had a large following from Knowle (little village south of Brum). The Knowletonians can always be spotted at Blyth gigs. Although they are becoming an endangered species of late. Best albums. Wicked Women, Alnwick and Tyne, Paradise Razed, best tracks, Me and Mr Absolutely. Stonehaven. Corionalus.

  17. andus
    November 9, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Has anyone got a copy of ‘My ladies games’ thats the one track I cannot find.

  18. andus
    November 9, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Cheers Penguin, you never fail, is there anything you don’t have.

    I bet you have not got the ‘Don’t Feed Us Shit EP by Icon AD.

  19. andus
    November 9, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    I already have it, just wanted to see whether Penguin really is the xxxxxxx,

    I could really test him and see if he has. Cold War. The Machinist, or Fallout, Salami Tactics ep, or The Outsiders, One To Infinity.

  20. slyme68
    November 10, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    phil = no i never lived there, just spent a lot of time there… me karen and christine all went to mexico together at new year 86. batesey was there with lanky ian and all that deaf tones mob later on shifting loads and loads of stuff onto the punters. joel reckons he called round one time and ian was sitting behind a desk dressed up as a doctor dealing with people as they came in… you had to be careful not to accept a swig of beer off those people as it was likely to have 30 trips in it… i think it was fuckin close to the edge, that scene…

  21. Phil R
    Phil R
    November 11, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Yeah slyme its all sort of coming back to me now..I remember taking E there in 85 at an Anti-Sect gig before the birth of house music and when it was still legal! I was squatting Penpoll Road with Kreena an Sue just near London Fields

  22. baronvonzubb
    November 11, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Phil you dont have to answer as its none of my business, but what yuo up to now?
    You said you were squatting till 95. Thats the equivelent of how our bit of the posse were in HK till that time I s’pose.
    I was chatting with me mate Ian and how our past realy has ‘formed’ us.
    And how even though weve cleaned up a bit, no drugs, regularish work, rent (even the odd bit of house ownership) etc we aint exactly moved into the bourgouise.
    It seems that living on the margins has been a choice that has stayed with us (with the possible exeption of Robbo, but then he always was his own man).
    I’m curious how its worked with other folk.

  23. Phil R
    Phil R
    November 12, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Hi baron, just been doing a bit of volunteer work at the mo teaching a self management course for people with long term illness and a healing/ meditation technique called The Radiance Technique. Im trained as a substance misuse project worker and thinking about returning to this as my health picks up (after living with hiv for a number of years) and continuing my training as a counselor I have a nice little new build flat in Kings Cross and am really happy exploring transcendental science’s and my awakening journey.

  24. baronvonzubb
    November 14, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Hope your health coninues to pick up. I didnt know about that. Seems somehow brave of you to mention it on an open blog.
    But then I always had you down as a strong character. You sound really well mate. Very clear. And doing compasionate work, its good stuff.
    Living in the cross? Sounds scarey.
    But then i’m a soft southern git, still…

  25. baronvonzubb
    November 14, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Great phrase ‘awakening journey’

  26. Phil R
    Phil R
    November 14, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Cheers Baron, I guess being positive still has a stigma to it..But its that old punk attitude that if you dont like it you can f**k off, init? Sometimes illness can be our biggest teacher/guru and anyway the meds are pretty good nowdays.
    Oh! and I Love Kings Cross..Its been regenerated but still retains enough urban decay neon and sleaze to still give it a bit of character instead of being completely homogenized like so many other parts of the city/s have been.

  27. Miles
    January 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Slyme / Phil
    I lived at the Blue House for a few months in ’85 till it got too cold. (I used to brew the beer). I am trying to track down any of the others who lived there as I met someone who works for the National Trust, and wants to piece together a little social history on the squatting days. Any ideas how to get hold of any of them? Sorry to hear about Christine. She had great ideas, and ideals.

  28. Phil R
    Phil R
    January 6, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Off the top of my head I could prob get hold of Rob (of Andy & Rob fame) who now lives in Devon.

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