Brigandage – The Peel Session – 1983

Fragile / Heresy / Hope / Let It Rot

No apologies for uploading more Brigandage material straight after the previous post…My tape of this session disappeared sometime between 1983 and now. My guess is that the C90 was half inched by persons unknown around the late 1980’s.

I was gutted when I found that this tape was missing, after I started to upload relevant material onto the KYPP site,  looking through boxes of tapes for the first time in 20 something years, as this particular session is shit hot.

I would have uploaded this session way back in the early days of this site being made public if it was not for the discovered loss… So could not wait to upload it once Sir Nuzz A Lot ex of Ye Olde Bowes Lyon House in the hamlet of Stevenage sent it to me electronically in crisp digital form after he read of the vile theft in the previous post. He has become my knight in shining armour!

Thanks to him for sending the recordings back home to me where they belong.

One of the better Peel sessions in my opinion, ‘Hope’ and ‘Let It Rot’ are the standouts, but dragging not so far behind are the other tracks ‘Fragile’ and ‘Heresy’.

Glorious stuff by a fine band, play bastard loud!

Check out the Brigandage site here

  1. John Liedown
    John Liedown
    August 14, 2008 at 12:03 am

    ‘Heresy’ was always my favourite on this. I think I already had the first tape before the session. I remember reading about them in Sounds first (I was always a Sounds reader over the others, more Punk mate innit!) in one of those new band round ups. Scanning some old copies the other night & KYPP gets a nod in a fanzine article along with New Crimes.

  2. Final Curtain
    Final Curtain
    August 17, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    I downloaded this in the hope of a better quality version of my own cassette rip but I think Nuzz just sent you the very same rip he had previously downloaded from my old blog Texas Jumblesales….ah well, regardless this session is most excellent indeed. And thanks so much for the F.O. cassette – have been wanting to hear that for eons….

  3. dan i
    dan i
    August 19, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Michelle is still selling her shirts from the old Art of Stealing label. She has an ebay shop, just search for Brigandage. I agree totally about how fine the band were (in both incarnations). I was lucky enough to see both versions quite a few times and they really inspired me – bucketloads of style, panache & inspiration. They also always had time to chat with young punk cubs like myself.

    Just remember, ‘the glorious empire is flat on its face
    Don’t look at me, I’m just a disgrace’…

  4. michelle
    August 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    hi everyone – thanks for the comments- brings tears to my eyes – don’t even have a copy myself – might have a better version somewhere – of course i talked to young cubs you were the next generation.
    actually my new label is called sexy hooligans-with its own website though there is more under brigandage on ebay – bit more classy i think!

  5. dan i
    dan i
    August 29, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Cool. I still have a tape of demos and live from the Nottingham Ad Lib, plus bits of gigs from the Fulham Greyhound and the Clarendon that you made for me Michelle. When I get time I will copy it and transfer it here.


  6. denzil
    March 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Yeeha. Fuckin love Brigandage. Had the (mis)fortune of meeting up with them at cloud 9 in Manchester once upon a time. Great people.

  7. dan i
    dan i
    March 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Cloud 9 – what a confusing multi room venue – I saw Blyth Power there in 86 or thereabouts – very weird.

  8. denzil
    March 15, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I am sure Eve of the Scream supported Rubella Ballet there. We definatley played in a multi-room venue in Manchester around this time. Some of the Hulme lot where there. There was a lad known as Deaf Head ????

  9. denzil
    March 15, 2010 at 10:31 am

    It may have even been Blyth Power. My memory is very hazy.

  10. jock
    March 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    ‘deaf head’, who was a deaf and mute punk, was a bit of a legend in manchester, heard his health has deterioted badley in recent years. remember him sat at a pub bar blatantly skinning up. caused a bit of a rumpus along with another incident and the bar staff called the cops who arrived in force, everyone sat there chanting ‘poll tax'(it was just after the riot in london).
    i saw blyth power at was once the ‘twisted wheel’ legendary northern soul club near piccadilly train station, it’d changed its name by then tho, hardly anyone there. think that was their first gig in manchester?
    which band were you playing in denzil? is cloud 9 now satans hollow? michelles tee shirts are really good btw

  11. denzil
    March 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I was in Eve of the Scream, we played in Manchester with Blyth Power I am sure also a the Carribean Club at the back of the crescents with Radio Mongolia if I remember rightly. Our old bass player Mogsey relocated to Hulme along with Lisa. Dont know where Mogsey is nowadays which is a shame as I have located all other people who were involved with the band

  12. denzil
    March 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Jock you have now Jogged my memory I think. The Twisted Wheel was a multi-room venue? If so we supported Blyth Power there. I was in Eve of the Scream we also played in the Carribean Club at the back of the crescents in Hulme with Radio Mongolia and supported Citizen Fish/RDF and one other band at the Boardwalk I think….anyway I have created a soundcloud account for Eve of the Scream and managed to upload our one and only vinyl release and a demo tape on there, if you care to have a listen……

  13. jock
    March 16, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    i think you might be right about the twisted wheel having little rooms dotted about, it was under a different name that i cannot remember, cant remember if i went to the boardwalk gig, that was knocked down a few years ago, but probably was at the carribean(psv,russell,factory1), Radio Mongolia played many times, never been able to find anything of theirs on the web tho, how do we get to listen to your demo and vinyl release?

  14. dan i
    dan i
    March 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    “i saw blyth power at was once the ‘twisted wheel’ legendary northern soul club near piccadilly train station, it’d changed its name by then tho, hardly anyone there. think that was their first gig in manchester?”

    Yup, that was Cloud 9. I remember the gig and thought it was an odd place for Blyth Power to be playing especially as the people who were there that night were scattered all over the venue.

  15. dan i
    dan i
    March 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    PSV club – now u are talking!!!

  16. denzil
    March 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Haha yeah the PSV and the parties in the crescents, and the hulme punx picnic…..fond memories of the place.

  17. denzil
    March 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Last I heard of Bone from Radio Mongolia was that he was living in Holland. Drummer Andy still prowls Wallasey on the Wirral (sadly it looks like addiction has taken its toll on probably the best drummer I have ever jammed with) As for Fat John….who knows?

  18. majes
    March 17, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I’d love to hear some Radio Mongolia again. Saw them play at a number of free festivals and they were always highly entertaining. The only recording I’ve heard is the track they contributed to the Travellers Aid Trust benefit lp.

  19. denzil
    March 17, 2010 at 7:47 am

    The Mongoliabns were certainly a unique bunch. The squat in Greenhets Road, Toxteth is now the stuff of legends. I know for sure that Gobba works as the sound engineer in th Magnet club on Hardman Street in Liverpool these days. He also had another project around the time Mongolia began to fall apart. The project was Timeshard and I had a couple of casstte releases. I will try and find them.

  20. jock
    March 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

    i read somewhere that that track isnt actually Radio Mongolia, but ive not heard it so dont know.
    thanks for the links denzil, when we get our isp changed in next few weeks i’ll be able to have a listen, connections limited at the mo cos we went over dl limit. shame to hear of Andys illness, hope he gets better.

  21. jock
    March 17, 2010 at 10:09 am

    cloud 9 was on cross street, so that wasnt where i saw blyth power, it was just off London Road just next to piccadilly train station, near a gay bar called ‘monroes’, it did have quite a few alcoves and hidden like little rooms. i’m getting more confused now.

  22. denzil
    March 18, 2010 at 7:52 am

    I was listening to this on my mp3 player yesterday, the whole session is boss. I found it quite ironic in some ways that when this was broadcast such technology was not even close. Anyway keep up the good work on this blog/site, lovin it up here in Liverpool and always look forward to new items. Cheers

  23. denzil
    March 18, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Regarding my last post I dont think there is any music on it ….weird

  24. Richard Cabut
    Richard Cabut
    March 19, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Denzil – I remember the Cloud 9 gig, very vaguely (I was the Brigandage bass player). But, around that time, we also played a working men’s club in Hulme (burnt out cars, mesh on the offy counter… ) with a Factory-type band. Any idea what this place was? Who the Factory group were? Thanks in advance…

  25. denzil
    March 19, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Hi Richard, yeah I remember the Cloud 9 gig most. We sat with you before the show, we were youngsters from near Liverpool, this would have been around the time of Pretty Funny Things release?? I was sat on the edge of the stage and Michelle booted me off haha. The working mens club in Hulme will have been the PSV/Carribean Centre just behind the first crescent I think. DanI may be able to assist you further …..

  26. dan i
    dan i
    March 22, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Yeah, most likely the PSV, you used to get searched for guns and knives on the way in. My friend’s sister was living in a bus parked up behind the PSV around then.

    But maybe the Ardri ‘Ballroom’, an Irish drinking den in the crescents in Hulme. They used to do wicked raves there – Herbal Tea Party anyone? I saw Orbital there the night before they headlined the Other Stage at Glastonbury – just awesome in such a tiny venue.

    Dunno about Factory groups…Happy Mondays? that’s about as far as I know really. Most Factory groups were shite at the time apart from New Order.

  27. nobody told him it would be like this
    nobody told him it would be like this
    August 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I used to go to as many radio mong gigs as i could…..them and the lekky heads…seen em both at countless festis….

  28. nobody told him it would be like this
    nobody told him it would be like this
    August 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    got a cassette of radio mong at swingin sporron somewhere…….anyone else got any recordings/pics????????? that track on tat lp wasnt radio mong.

  29. XenuCrass
    August 10, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I have a Radio Mongolia Planet X late ’88 tape. An amazing band, RIP Bone you maniac. (He died in Holland a coupla years ago from a congenital heart defect). I made a point of mentioning them in the interview I did for the ‘Death to Trad Rock’ book. The story as to why it wasn’t Radio Mongolia on that album is a good one. In typical penury they’d sent their master to Dave Brock on the other side of a Sugarcubes tape. Cue some confusing phone calls: “Nice tape maan, sounds different to how I remember you guys, you got the bird singing more, nice” 😀

  30. majes
    August 12, 2010 at 12:46 am

    That’s a great story. I never realised it was the Sugarcubes although I always thought it a radical departure from any of the live performances I’d seen by them 🙂 Well I am even more curious to hear them now, having never heard any of their own recordings…

  31. nobody told him it would be like this
    nobody told him it would be like this
    August 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Xenucrass ….love to get a recording of the planet x recording…..i was probably at that gig!!! Gotta a live tape recording i can swap yer……Sorry to hear that Bone passed away…is this true??

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