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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Stuff The Superstars (reprise)

Stuff The Superstars at the Mayflower, 28th July 1979. (c) iheartmusic.

On the same day that The Distractions were playing alongside The Fall, Joy Division et al at Stuff The Superstars, they were featuring in a BBC Radio 1 Manchester Music hour-long special (perhaps scheduled to coincide with the event?). Not surprisingly this programme focussed on Joy Division, with Ian Curtis, Steve Morris and Martin Hannett interviews separated by Interzone and Shadowplay. Presenter Tommy Vance started off the show playing "The Donkeys' single 'What I Want', our tip for the top, but the music press seem to reckon that the next big thing from Manchester will be Joy Division... You've probably heard something from their new album, 'Unknown Pleasures'". Vance then plays New Dawn Fades and She's Lost Control. Also played were tracks from Buzzcocks, The Distractions, Slaughter & the Dogs, Jilted John, Blah Blah Blah, The Fall and John Copper Clark. Interspersed between these tracks was an interview with Tony Wilson. At one point Wilson was asked about Joy Division, but he said he doesn't need to talk about Joy Division any more as the press have finally decided that they are the next big thing, and thus "the next big Manchester band will be The Distractions [1]."

1. Information from PatTeasdale on http://lwtua.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=1305516 (note how several copies of this show are owned by Joy Division fans)

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