Sunday 29 December 2013

Tick Tock

Hope you all had a great Christmas and looking forward to another year.

My Fiance Cheryl bought me this fabulous Magazine 'Shot by both Sides' clock as part of my Christmas Pressie's and which we'd seen for sale on one of the stalls at the Manchester Markets pre-Christmas.
It will now take pride of place in my office in the new year.

Monday 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas "Feed the Enemy" fans.

Wishing all you Big Dummies a fantastic Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.
Thank you all for supporting this blog and helping me to celebrate all things related to these fabulous artistes.

I predict 2014 will see something from Howard and the band and if not well, that's our loss and theirs.

Saturday 21 December 2013

Magazine - Wonderlust Glasgow Tiffany's 29 April 1980

The previous Wonderlust (soundboard) CD unfortunately, on playing, sounded like Howard was singing through mud and I think the original tape source that the show was taken from was damaged sadly as it sounded like a great gig.

This version in the same cover is from the fabulous Live show they did at Glasgow Tiffanys in Scotland 29th April 1980.

Feed The Enemy
I'm A Party
The Light Pours Out Of Me
Because You're Frightened
You Never Knew Me
Sweetheart Contract
Shot By Both Sides
I Want To Burn Again
A Song From Under The Floorboards
Model Worker
Twenty Years Ago
Definitive Gaze

Thursday 19 December 2013

Magazine - Wonderlust CD (Soundboard)

MAGAZINE - 'Wonderlust'

Live at Rydamere Inn Sydney Australia 20th September 1980 (soundboard) 

01. Feed The Enemy
02. Stuck
03. A Song From Under The Floorboards
04. Permafrost
05. The Light Pours Out of Me
06. Model Worker
07. Parade
08. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
09. Sweetheart Contract
10. I Want To Burn Again
11. Because You're Frightened
12. I Love You, You Big Dummy
13. Twenty Years
14. Definitive Gaze 

Signed Spiral

Signed at the Buzzcocks, Back to Front Manchester gig this 2nd  issue of the Spiral Scratch EP owned by Lorraine Bickle.

Friday 13 December 2013

Thursday 12 December 2013

More Magazine Goodies from Rockin Robin Tate's collection

German PS and Australian 7" without P/S 

This is the Japanese Promo Copy 

My thanks to Rockin Robin Tate who has kindly allowed me to share some of his Magazine and Devoto related collection including these two items.  I have to say it's really good that other fans of the band are keen to share with other fans their items in this way.

Many collectibles remain safely stored and archived away and with the disappearance of record stores and collectors shops etc. many of these might never be seen by especially the newer collectors and fans of all things Howard Devoto etc.   The Internet has been a godsend in that respect.

If you have any items or images that you'd like to share then please, by all means send them to me and a brief description of what they are and I'll share what I can on the blog.

Many thanks again to Robin.

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Part - Signed Magazine Photo

Signed Photograph of some of the Magazine members - Apparently this was signed at the Plug in Sheffield on the 15th of July 2009.

Monday 9 December 2013

Luxuria / Howard Devoto / Noko

"Luxuria live concert Poster"
Town & Country Club , London 13th of March 1988

Rainy Season - W/Label Promo

7" White Label Promo for the Howard devoto solo single "Rainy Season"  There's quite a few of these floating about as I have  one in my own collection and this one has been on eBay for a long time at £6.00.

Rip It Up Magazine

Rare - 1980 New Zealand Music Paper that features Howard Devoto.

Devoto Illustration - Visions of Rock


This is a double sided 1 page taken from a book called 
'Visions Of Rock' where one side has an illustration of Howard Devoto and on the other side it has Sparks.

Magazine Autographs from 1978

Full Set of Magazine Autographs from 1978

I have just shown the most remarkable restraint by not bidding on a full set of genuine Magazine autographs from Liverpool Eric’s in 1978. Finally sold for £42 on eBay.

The guy selling them provided the following information. 

"From 1978, these autographs were signed at a Liverpool Eric's, on the Shot By Both Sides tour. Featuring an autograph by the late, great John McGeogh, along with Howard Devoto, Barry Adamson and Dave Formula as well as Magazine's 2nd drummer Paul Spencer.  I got the band to sign this paper and the autographs have been in my possession and well looked after ever since."

Sunday 24 November 2013

Magazine - Japanese Imports






German Import - Shot By Both Sides

German VIRGIN 11 943 AT

French Import 7"

France VIRGIN 2097 947

Australian Tour Promo

Australian VIRGIN K-8019 1980 promo tour issue

Magazine "Shot by Both Sides / Recoil" Japan Promo White Label Vinyl 7 inch Single

Magazine "Shot by Both Sides  / Recoil" Japan Promo White Label Vinyl 7 inch Single 

From Victor Japan in 1978 , # VIP-2632
RARE Japanese 7 inch Single in Victor's Company Paper Sleeve with A Picture Sheet That Has Japanese Liner notes/Lyrics.
This Is Promo White Label Copy, So Japanese Word "Sample" are Printed on Both Labels.

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Back To Front - Manchester Apollo 25th of May 2012

Buzzcocks - 'Spiral Scratch' set with Howard Devoto 
Manchester Apollo 25th May 2012

The purists slated it.  
It was nostalgic, what more do you want after all these years.

Spiral Scratch Review 1977

A review of Spiral Scratch in Sniffing Glue issue 7 Feb 77

Howard Trafford

Howard Trafford - Bolton Institute of Technology Student 1974


Buzzcocks play the Electric Circus with Slaughter & The Dogs. A gig that had a bad vibe due to crowd who were either in Camp Buzzcock or the Dogs.

Pics by Ted Ask

Promo Advert for Magazine/Alien North American Tour 1979

Side two of an A4 promo for Magazine's 1979 tour of North America. Received because the person who uploaded this filled in the 'fan club' card placed in his copy of Secondhand Daylight. The fan club never happened due to 'high demand'.  He never found out for sure if this was just a massive lie to cover up incompetence, but says he's sure it was.

Item originally uploaded to the fabulous website - Manchester District Music Archive check it out here it is a wonderful site for fans of anything that came from Manchester such as the wonderful Magazine, Buzzcocks etc.  Some great uploads and history.

Press Adverts for Magazine Singles

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Barry Adamson

Like Howard Devoto and Dave Formula, Barry Adamson needs no introduction to Magazine fans.

Indeed the brilliant singer, songwriter and Bass player has gone on to release some great solo work outside of Magazine and my personal fave is this track, "Destination."

Like Dave Formula, Barry has his own website which you can get to by clicking on his name Barry Adamson

Dave Formula

As is typical with many bands you could be forgiven for not remembering that they do have other members beside the singer and whose talents make up a significant contribution to what you finally get to see and hear from your idol's.

In some bands, outside of the singer, you might not have much interest in anyone else however with Magazine you just couldn't do that because this band has a remarkable lineup of amazing and talented individuals not least one of my all time favourite musicians "Dave Formula."

It's not often that you'll find other members of a band doing so much interesting solo or side projects/ work but with a great band like Magazine there's usually something else interesting or on the go when the band aren't together collectively.

Here is the website for the brilliant Keyboard wizard that is Dave Formula whose sound is, for me what makes Magazines music so much more special than any other band.

Check out his work which is incredible by clicking Dave Formula where you'll then be be taken to his brilliant website.

Thursday 24 October 2013

Magazine - Cut Out Shapes (Promo)

I enter the room
Confident enough
For now I tread
A straight and narrow way
So I sleep soundly
A little blue in the face
Cut-out shapes
In secondhand daylight

Somewhere else
Something else
On my mind

She's caressing me
With the hidden hands
Of the only kind of violence
She thinks I'll understand
We've got them dancing
To all of our confessions
They don't know how
We rehearse our dreams

Somewhere else ...
I just get numb
When you're hard to find

We met at a psychiatric unit
She was in for having habits
No one else would try
She didn't know what she was in control of
She had all the advantages of magic
No one could deny

There was an old lady
Who swallowed a fly
Your inescapable mother
Such a crazy lover

I just get numb ...

Find out
You'll find out

Wednesday 23 October 2013


Thanks for the plug Graeme/Magazine - I love your work and this blog is merely to promote it to a wider audience if I can and share my own love of all things Magazine, Howard Devoto etc.

(Maybe It's Right to Be Nervous Now) [Box Set]

If there's one album you should buy if you love Magazine it is this compilation boxed set "Maybe It's Right to Be Nervous Now" Virgin Records Ltd. MAGBOX1 released in 2000.

Even if you aren't a fan of the band you should buy it anyway as it's bloody brilliant.

1. Shot By Both Sides (Alternate Recording)
2. My Mind Ain't So Open
3. Touch And Go
4. Goldfinger
5. Give Me Everything
6. I Love You You Big Dummy
7. My Tulpa
8. Definitive Gaze (Live)
9. Parade (Live)
10. The Light Pours Out Of Me (Alternative Version)
11. Rhythm Of Cruelty
12. Tv Baby
13. Back To Nature
14. Permafrost (Live)
15. Feed The Enemy (Live)

Disc: 2

1. A Song From Under The Floorboards (Live)
2. Twenty Years Ago
3. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Live)
4. The Book
5. Upside Down
6. Sweetheart Contract
7. Shot By Both Sides (Live)
8. Because You're Frightened (Live)
9. I Want To Burn Again
10. Model Worker (Live)
11. Vigilance (Alternative Mix)
12. In The Dark
13. The Operative
14. Come Alive
15. Thinking Flame (The Garden)

Disc: 3

1. Touch And Go (Peel Session)
2. The Light Pours Out Of Me (Peel Session)
3. Real Life (Definitive Gaze) (Peel Session)
4. My Mind Ain't So Open (Peel Session)
5. Give Me Everything (Peel Session)
6. Burst (Peel Session)
7. I Love You You Big Dummy (Peel Session)
8. Boredom (Peel Session)
9. Tv Baby (Peel Session)
10. Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again (Peel Session)
11. Permafrost (Peel Session)
12. A Song From Under The Floorboards (Peel Session)
13. Twenty Years Ago (Peel Session)
14. Look What Fear's Done To My Body (Because You're Frightened)
15. Model Worker (Peel Session)

Magazine - Six Demo's - Pennine Studio Oldham 1977

The 2nd track Sandwiches is just brilliant.  
My Mind Ain't So Open indeed ;-)

Monday 21 October 2013

Feed The Enemy on Tumblr

Feed The Enemy is another blog page I have which tends to feature various things I'm interested in not just my Devoto, magazine, Buzzcocks obsession.

Friday 4 October 2013

Howard Devoto - Taxi-ng

Great photo of Howard looking relaxed as he takes a taxi ride - destination unknown.

Harry Papadopalous photo exhibit - Clydebank Town Hall

Some brilliant photo's at Harry Papadopalous exhibition - Clydebank Town Hall but the one in particular that I love is this superb image of Howard Devoto.