BAUHAUS – 1981, healing Le Rose Bonbon, Paris
This one’s been floating around out there for a while under the bootleg LP name “Satori In Paris.”
CHROME – “THE LYON CONCERT” (1984)
By this time in Chrome’s history, Damon Edge had left for Europe, leaving Helios Creed to stay behind in America; Edge carried on the “Chrome” name with a completely different set of musicians. Purists usually poo-poo this chapter of Chrome, but I found this record, a live document from ’84 with the new “group”, to be pretty awesome. There’s also a handful of studio tracks throughout the record which are pretty boss as well.
THE CLASH – 10.26.1976, Barbarella’s, Birmingham, UK
I’m not sure if Keith Levene (original Clash member, future PiL guitarist) is present on this recording. Also, I’ve included as an extra an MP3 of PBS mainstay Huell Howser interviewing the band from way early in his broadcasting career!
THE COMSAT ANGELS – live, Rotterdam, 1983
Of the Comsat Angels, Allmusic sez:
“Erroneously regarded as a synth pop band â€” and, every now and then â€” as a band that peaked with a song placed in a scene of [the film] ‘Real Genius’, the Comsat Angels were one of the finest bands of the post-punk/new wave era. Often as moody if less dramatic than Joy Division, their first and best albums â€” 1980′s ‘Waiting for a Miracle’;, 1981′s ‘Sleep No More’, and 1982′s ‘Fiction’ â€” featured abstract pop songs with spare instrumentation, many of which were bleak and filled with some form of heartache. The albums were almost unrelentingly sullen, but they were always transfixing. The band then fell prey to various commercial pressures for several years. In the ’90s they resurfaced with a pair of powerful albums that resembled logical extensions of their earliest work, and then they vanished again.”
This live set was recorded towards the end of the band’s aforementioned golden period. Yes, it’s mopey, droopy and big shirt collar-y. But I like it. I’ve also included the band’s Peel Session from April ’80.