The Smiths play Fernandos, Blackburn in September 1983

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Post 21-Jan-2011 00:41


I played trumpet in the support band, Some Now Are when The Smiths played Fernandos in Blackburn in Sept 1983. The two bands shared a dressing room. I was studying law at Manchester University at that period and was asked to play with Some Now Are for a few gigs.
I recall the manager of the venue telling us that Some Now Are were miles better than The Smiths. History did not bear that out.
Contrary to some web posts I have read about that evening, the venue was by no means packed. I recall it was about one quarter full.
We worked with Peter Hook of New Order and made a single called "Truth To Tell" round about that time. We recorded it at Strawberry Studios in Stockport over two days. We worked long hours during those two days, but I remember that we had to take a break from recording to watch Hooky's all time favourite tv show, Bilko, whilst we ate fish and chips. It's a hard life! What happened to that single?
It got 5 plays on Radio 1. 3 with John Peel and 2 with Kid Jensen. Blast from the past.
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Post 21-Jan-2011 12:09 (after 11 hours)


Interesting stuff, thanks.
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Post 05-Apr-2016 20:36 (after 5 years 2 months)


Its taken awhile but ...... i love digging around :D
The Gum Club at Fernandos, Shadsworth Road, Blackburn. AKA The Red Parrot, AKA The Sett End Inn

A Gum Club Flyer for The Chameleons (Circa 1983) with the same support act

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Wonderful, thank you!!
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That's awesome. Thanks both for sharing.
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