September 9, 2011

The Teardrop Explodes - shorter than average lifespan.

Staying with mini-concerts, but this one constitutes something of a forgotten classic. The Teardrop Explodes (remember them?) live at Guildford Civic Hall in 1981 and recorded by the BBC.

Embracing a hybrid of Post-Punk and neo-Psychedelia, The Teardrop Explodes weren't around for very long. Having formed in 1978 and were broken up by 1982, they had a surprisingly short, but influential career. Of the notables who co-founded the band, Julian Cope went on to establish a successful solo career.

Tonight's Roundtable features the following tracks from that 1981 Guildford concert:

The Teardrop Explodes — Guildford Civic Hall 1981
1. Passionate Friend
2. Culture Bunker
3. The Great Dominions

A short but memorable set from a band that didn't make much stir on this side of the pond, but were very much part of the change in direction music took in the 1980's.

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