One top drawer reggae band and two top ranters advertised in the NME, 23 November, 1985.
This 1984 documentary focuses on John Cooper Clarke and also includes Seething Wells, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Attila the Stockbroker (I’m in the crowd).
The film is from 1984 and was made by Nick May.
Gigs were violent in the late 70s and early 80s. Music was a space where ideas were fought over.
Attila believed that talking to the converted was a waste of time, and so gigged wherever he could, and still does.
There was, and is, a hardcore of twats but ranting poetry was keen to reach everyone.
Sometimes the talking wasn’t verbal.