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Mark D - might be you can find some more stuff going through Record Mirror though dont think they listed all gigs did they? I think the UEA gig was 22nd based on 2 pieces of evidence attached - i contacted Mark from the Farmer's Boys who supported but that didn't help reveal any more details. Manchester - Fagin's was at Eden, above Rafters, apparenetly, so I think Fagin's is best description but can add Eden in brackets! The liverpool gig is news to me - interesting! I have a tape of a gig in 1982 that might be from there (See Facebook Postcard Records Fan group).
Weird this misses out London Venue 20th Jan. But these seem quite low key gigs with the new drummer Zeke, only 3 rehearsals before that first gig (where Stephen Daly is present and heckles the band!)
Ok will keep my eyes peeled (pun intended). Happy Christmas.
I mentioned a while ago the "Cambridge Grad Ball" gig in June/July 1984, which you've listed at the bottom.
I've narrowed this down to 18,19 or 20 June 1984 - I'm hoping to get a precise date soon from the archivist at the college!
The venue listing would be "Cambridge, Selwyn College May Ball".
Support from The Telephone Boxes.
A couple of pictures attached....
How wonderful! The Telephone Boxes new to me! nice to see Edwyn, Zeke, Paul and Jonny in action. And the fact you are appraoching college archivist - proper detective work. Having said that i guess Grace or Edwyn might have diaries that tell us the answer...!
I am really unclear here as to gigs in that week before they record Dada at Palais on the 21st. Did Dunstable or Leicester happen? Can only find one reference to each anywhere and no photos or reviews...if they cancelled because of poor ticket sales did they take this more lucrative gig instead? It was a last minute thing, right?
yes, they were booked maybe 1-2 weeks before at most, so perhaps OJ were free because one of the dates you are querying was cancelled.
Boomtown Rats were originally due to play but the guitarist broke his leg so they pulled out.
The entertainments officer at college went around the students rooms and asked if they would prefer Orange Juice or Sad Café as a replacement. A couple of us made a heartfelt plea for OJ which may have swayed them, since Sad Café got most of the votes!
We tried to chat to Edwyn and Alan Horne "backstage" (our college television room) But they really were not in the mood so we quickly left them to it. Hundreds of Cambridge students in dinner jackets not being their natural habit I should think!
But they played well, with the set list as per the rest of that tour. So I really enjoyed it even if they didn't (there were dry few of the gags and chit-chat I came to know and love in later years from bootlegs, later gigs etc.)
Perhaps I will try Grace on Twitter - I guess we she was booking them back then. Will let you know! (I'm at @marklawrence33 if you're following Grace...perhaps a nudge from you as well might help nudge her to get out the diaries...)
I dont know if Ian Cranna was manager then still?
I didn't know he ever was!? That explains the great reviews from "Red Starr" (aka Ian Cranna) in the Smash Hits indie pages for the Postcard singles!
Yes indeed he championed all Postcard acts in Smash Hits, and became their manager. Not much written about his time with OJ but it contained some difficult moments like OJ splitting up only a few weeks after signing for Polydor, and later trying to placate the record label when OJ got banned from TOTP for David's drug (over)consumption leading to him falling into the crowd...
Grace may have been in Cambridge but I wouldn't have known who she was. She was in charge by the time of the Dada with Juice video which was first shown, what, late 1984?
So perhaps booking OJ into a private event for toffs was the last straw for Ian Cranna?! Not quite "Puppet Show + Spinal Tap" but still.
I did go to an OJ gig supporting (or they other way around ) with Josef K.
It was in a venue called the The Drill Hall ( off Tottenham Court Road, London ) All i can rembember is OJ were briliiant and Josef K announced each song via an airport type announcement over the PA i.e Josek's next song is...
But got to have been 80 or 81 ?!
Now you mention it, I'm amazed I've never seen/heard any band try that PA announcement thing. Good, arty fun!