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It might have come to your notice that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you'll just kinda have to get used to. I will however, now and again, have bursts of creativity and if it was to please the massed hordes, who chose to visit this insignificant page, to supply some input on the direction and type of music you would like to sample (before going out and buying yourself a copy) this little communication will not have been in vain.

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Thursday

Here Comes The Flood



The Armoury Show remained largely unheard in their heyday in the mid-1980s, despite featuring several eminent new wave musicians. At the start of that decade, the Dunfermline-born punk band the Skids were coming to natural end, and, after guitarist Stuart Adamson left to form Big Country, singer Richard Jobson and bassist Russell Webb also eventually went in a new direction. Around this time the Manchester-based group Magazine, which had included drummer John Doyle and guitarist John McGeoch, were also dissolving. The latter had also had a stint playing with Siouxsie and the Banshees, and even replaced Adamson briefly in the Skids for a ‘Peel Session’ shortly before they split up in 1981.
Richard Jobson, Russell Webb, McGeogh and Doyle formed the Armoury Show together in 1983, taking their name from a famous 1913 modern art exhibition in New York. Unfortunately they only had a brief existence, but they left us with a gem of a record in the guise of 'Waiting for the Floods', their 1985 one and only album. ‘Waiting for the Floods’ has been reissued as a double CD, with the original album on one CD and a second CD full of remixes, 12" versions and other bonus tracks. 
There was a real array of talent here and it has that distinctive 80's sound to it. It is packed with various other influences from around that era, but has also a brave unique sound slightly ahead of that time. There are echoes ironically of Adamson's Big Country, but the Armoury Show, while mixing together various other 80’s influences, also had their own sound.
The singles on here, "Castles...", plus "We Can Be Brave Again" and "Glory Of Love" could all easily have been arm-waving, lighter-in-hand anthems enough to turn Jim Kerr a sickly shade of green, but only a handful of people bought them. Life isn't fair, is it?
I don't know, of course, but I would imagine Richard Jobson is immensely proud of this record. Four people came together and created something magical; it's just a shame that so few of us shared that magic.

Get a copy if you can, then leave a comment, something along the lines of "Yep, you were right, the Armoury Show were brilliant".
Waiting for the Floods is 40 odd minutes, captured in amber, perfection!

Taken from the 2001 Track Records deleted CD to MP3 @ 320kbps

01.  Castles In Spain
02.  Kyrie
03.  A Feeling
04.  We Can Be Brave Again
05.  Higher Than The World
06.  The Glory Of Love
07.  Waiting For The Floods
08.  A Sense Of Freedom
09.  Sleep City Sleep
10.  Avalanche



13 comments:

  1. I'm one of the happy few who heard this album in 1985 - here in Brazil. I'll never know why local EMI released it that time. A friend of mine got it as a present from his mother, and I, beginning to learn about rock 'n' roll (wanted to listen anything I could), recorded it on a cassete. I loved it then, but the band just disapeared afterwards. Only recently I recolected it and learned their story. It's really a shame they never got the recognition they deserved.

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  2. thanx for sharing

    richie

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  3. There's more to come from The Armoury Show

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  4. Thanks for this but I must point out a skip/gap at 3:04 on second track "Kyrie". Any chance of a re-rip in lossless??

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    1. There is...


      2CD Deluxe Edition, all flac'd up and ready to go

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    2. Downloaded twice and both had same error...so yes there is.

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  5. Dear AndieJames,

    I'll be ready and waiting for the FLAC (ta!) 2 CD set - can't wait! I was lucky enough to see both Magazine and the Skids in Scotland in 1979-80 and loved both. By the by, not to dominate the excellent mix of groups you're putting out, but if you don't have The Armoury Show's only known live bootleg (link dead but details here: http://floppybootstomp-ii.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-armoury-show-live-rockpalast.html) or the Midge Ure/Russell Webb single as PVC2 (link dead but details here: http://floppybootstomp-ii.blogspot.com/2015/09/scottish-new-wave-part-2-freeze-pvc2-xs.html), I have them and would be happy to send them your way (to your email by wetransfer, links valid for a week) for downloading and posting here. Just leave me a comment here if you'd like'em. And for those who can't wait, check out the Skids at Chelsea Art College 1981 (BBC Radio 1 Rock Goes To College Series) at http://pastdaily.com/2016/04/18/skids-concert-1981-past-daily-soundbooth/ (use Internet Explorer for the right-click, "Save target as" function to download, @320)

    cheers, Dave Sez.

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    1. Thanks Dave.

      The answer to both is a resounding YES please.

      I'll sort out email address's over the weekend

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  6. Whilst we're at it, The Armoury Show would not be the last time McGeoch and Webb would play together: "McGeoch and Dias were members of PiL from 1986 until 1992, making them the group's longest-running members besides Lydon ... The band's last concert was performed on 18 September 1992 with the line-up of Lydon, McGeoch, Ted Chau (guitar, keyboards), Mike Joyce of The Smiths (drums), and Russell Webb (bass)." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Image_Ltd. For those who'd like to check out PIL with McGeoch right at the beginning of their collaboration and right at the end, see http://darkcircleroom4.blogspot.com/2015/10/public-image-limited-pil-barrowland.html (FLAC, mega link) and http://vivalesbootlegs.blogspot.com/2010/10/public-image-ltd-rotten-to-core.html (@320, FileFactory and Depositfiles links still live).

    Cheers, Dave Sez.

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    1. Thanks Again Dave,

      Usual answer again sir, YES please and thanks. I'll seek them out again over the weekend

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  7. Blimey, there's always more, isn't there? Another one to add to the stuff I could send over is their collected singles 1984-87, outlining what would have become their second album. Dead link but details here - http://www.fade2grey.com/others/the-armoury-show-4/ (@320). Probably quite some overlap with the 2 CD set, but just let me know if you'd like it all the same.

    Cheers, Dave Sez.

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    1. Hahah. I've actually got this from Fade To Grey already.

      Many thanks as always

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