Thanks to the seminal Northampton post-punk outfit Coil for providing this press cutting from Smash Hits dated around Oct/Nov 1980. Their song “Motor Industry” was a particular favourite at the time, hence its appearance in this list which is posted among the photos on their MySpace page. Alas the UK motor industry no longer inhabits cathedral of power these days, but the lyric remains as evocative as ever.
This dates from long before U2 became an international best-selling phenomenon. I saw them play pub gigs in London like The Clarendon and the Nashville Room pub where they really were staggeringly good. They quickly graduated to the Marquee club where their gig in late 1980 is still one of the most remarkable live shows I’ve ever seen. Richard Thompson meanwhile remains the only artist I can think of who’s released consistently fresh and breathtaking records from the mid sixties to the present day. Including live releases and compilations I just counted 66 albums on his Wikipedia discography. The man’s a living legend.