Rubella Ballet / Conflict – Starlight Rooms, West Hampstead, London, NW6 – 13/02/82

Conflict – Starlight February 1982 material

Rubella Ballet – Starlight February 1982 material

Annie Anxiety also performed first on stage at this gig, next on were Conflict, headlining for the night Rubella Ballet with Pete Fender on guitar.

No track-listing because I had things to do round the house so could not listen to it thoroughly whilst recording, but from snippets I heard a lot of material from the Corpus Christi Records released first LP by Conflict ‘Time To See Who’s Who’, and the Crass single. The debut 7″ single and most of the tracks off  ‘Ballet Bag’ cassette on Xntrix Records for the Rubella side.

A decent crowd recording of this gig (the Rubella Ballet material is incredibly good so give it a listen) courtesy of the rather great Chris Low, thanks as usual Chris.

  1. tonyb
    May 9, 2008 at 11:24 am

    That was a great night…They were the best gigs at that time…
    That funny church in Stratford,the Starlight,and a few at the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith ,plus the Centro.
    Reckon that night they still had that guy Paul doing all films an that,plus that woman Pauline doing singing and a bit of poetry(??)
    Circa early 81 to about mid 82 all the groups were at their peak i reckon…omega tribe,peni,rubella,conflict were great every time you saw them.Plus you had all the Part 1, and all the lesser known bands.
    I almost dont wanna listen to it,in case it spoils the memory!! Hahaha

  2. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    May 9, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Pete Fender defo one of the unsung guitar hero’s of the day. Some of the noises coming out of his lump of wood are immense on this recording uploaded here.

  3. kaplan
    May 13, 2008 at 10:41 am

    gee those old school punk rock girls ! how great they were..we should have more pix here…

  4. dan i
    dan i
    May 31, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I first saw Rubella Ballet and Conflict at the Centro Iberico a few months after this, so this is a very timely artefact indeed. That gig was so good I went on to see Rubella Ballet more times than any other band, thanx Zillah and Sid.
    “Inflikt Pain Thru Noize!”

  5. Nick Hydra
    Nick Hydra
    June 22, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I have uploaded one track (1824 Overture) from Conflict’s set at the Iberico with Rubella/ Amsterdamned/ Assassins of Hope. Don’t know the date I’m afraid…

    The recording is not great due to a defective guitar amp, but is one of those ‘great Conflict moments’.

    If anyone is interested, I will upload the whole of Conflict’s set, but the sound is a bit ropey to say the least.

    I have a tape of the whole set that they took the “Live @ Centro Iberico” single from, but again the sound is not great. Once I have cleaned it up and EQed it I stick that up as well.

    Also Turkey Bones Demo tape to come…

  6. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    June 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Feel free to place links on this page also Nick:

    If you use this then your links may not get ‘lost’ in loads of different comments in loads of different posts.

  7. Nick Negative
    Nick Negative
    July 5, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    What a wonderful gig! I remember this dropping on my doormat (I think from Small Wonder) was it recorded by Rob or Sean at 69 Tapes…? joy, sweet joy! Great to have it on my iPod. “me” is the most perfect version ever captured on tape….

  8. Dan
    January 21, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Any chance of reuploading Rubella Ballet, the links gone dead.

  9. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    January 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    All re-upped now Dan…

  10. Dan
    January 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks! There’s not enough live Rubella Ballet tapes around.

    There was an address in the Birthday Box booklet to send off for live tapes. I sent off and got sent a photocopied list but for some reason never got around to getting any of the tapes. A shame as it was a nice list. I wonder where all those tapes are now.

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