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FUCKING HELL! LIZZY!! Lizzy - your stuff with the Passage was mighty!

This is amazing. Wilson, McKechnie, and now LIZZY JOHNSON!

Where are you Dick Witts?

Ha! I was going to post to this thread today - I was listening to the Yellow Magic Orchestra's 'Technodelic' reissue and track 3 'Stairs' *is* The Passage!

I love ILM! I love the Passage!!

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 23 March 2004 16:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Am I right in saying that a young Damien Mahoney drummed for The Passage before joining Hurrah!? I understand that after Hurrah! he joined the Police (not The Police, the real actual Police). But am I getting muddled?

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 23 March 2004 16:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Wow, this is cool indeed. :-) Rah for Lizzy, who did great! I think the Passage moment that comes to my mind most is that sung/whispered "LIBERTY!"

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 23 March 2004 16:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Wow, this is awesome!

Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 23 March 2004 16:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, Tim - exactly right. He was 'Paul' Mahoney whilst in the Passage.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 23 March 2004 16:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm sold! So with which album should a Passage novice start? At the beginning? With the Peel Sessions?

paul c (paul c), Tuesday, 23 March 2004 19:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Pindrop or Degenerates probably, but anywhere is good!

Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 24 March 2004 11:07 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
nother new track at yammer site - lon don

manley belch, Saturday, 29 May 2004 13:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


Dr. C (Dr. C), Saturday, 29 May 2004 18:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
I think this thread can't be revived enough, it's great to see how everything just sorta evolves. (This is also a shameless plea to ask Mr. McKechnie if he knows anything about a Modern Eon rerelease -- somewhere -- anytime...)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 25 July 2004 13:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

>So with which album should a Passage novice start? At the beginning? >With the Peel Sessions?

Most accessible ? Probably Degenerates.

Seedy is a good, if jagged and uneven compilation.

Ric Euteneuer, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 15:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
My own John Peel homage today -- listening to the Peel Session disc.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 27 October 2004 16:02 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Getting into the car to drive home from work last Wednesday, I heard the sad news about John Peel. Arriving home 20 minutes later, I find the BBC sessions have been (very kindly) sent to me by James Nice. So I hear this fantastic Passage music and my own contribution which I have not heard in .... 24 years for the first time on the very day John Peel died. Kind of a strange coincidence. Will miss his Radio One and Radio Four shows badly.

elizabeth johnson, Sunday, 31 October 2004 14:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Okay. great. thanks a lot you guys. cuzza this thread I picked up nice shiny vinyl copies of For All And None and Degenerates and now I want them all! Please don't tell me about anything else great for a while cuz i am running out of money. I really dig this stuff. It's right up my alley. (while i was at it i picked up a copy of Blue Orchids' Agent Of Change e.p. digging that one too.)

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 25 November 2004 16:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


Dr. C (Dr. C), Friday, 26 November 2004 08:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

agents of change is great!

bulbs (bulbs), Friday, 26 November 2004 09:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
Just thought I'd pop in again to say hello.

Sorry I've not done much with the Yammer site for a while. Lots of irons in the fire etc. Still got a pile of press cuttings from James Nice to scan for the site (I gave up transcribing them).

Was supposed to get something from Momus for the site, but it never happened. I think I upset him when I mentioned that I heard his single on the Steve Wright Show in the late 80s. I bought one of his albums though, so I can't have been taking the piss.

Been getting live stuff to put on the web site, but I have to be careful not to exceed my bandwidth or the site will rapidly disappear. Otherwise no new news to add - although I see something about Wild Swans and Benny Profance, which certainly seems noteworthy.

BTW I saw Benny Profane in some Liverpool pub in the 80s (can't remember the name but it did regular lock-ins, only I couldn't stay late because my friend was being sick). Used to see the singer (Dave?) around a lot - must have lived near me. Joe started the set off on drums and then played guitar for the rest of it IIRC - not quite what I expected.

Nice to see Lizzy here too. She contacted me and kindly sent me some scans for the site.

Actually, I'm hoping you good folks have something to add to the site. Maybe you have more detail to add to the biography or discography. Maybe you have press cuttings or photographs. Maybe you've got a naughty live bootleg you'd like to share. Please get in touch, I'm ready to do more site stuff :-)

Keith Nuttall, Friday, 10 June 2005 18:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Let me revive this again because I don't know if anyone noticed Keith's post in June! (I didn't!)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 15 August 2005 03:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's surprising and awesome that this thread has so many replies.

Patrick South (Patrick South), Monday, 15 August 2005 04:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Fabulous band!
Degenerates is such a fabulous album. First heard of them on Cherry red sampler Pillows and Prayers. Ran out to by Degenerates! Go to seed must be my fave album track.
Thought Enflame was fab too if not boardering on techno!

Antzman, Saturday, 20 August 2005 13:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink


dafox, Sunday, 21 August 2005 17:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I'm listening to Pindrop for the 1st time right now, it took a few songs for me to get into it, but I'm really liking this now. Is there a recommended order for me to check out their other albums?

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 6 October 2005 15:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
Well, The Passage is probably one of the most underrated bands from the 80's. Their 2nd album is an absolute masterpiece. I was in UK at that time, and was so impressed by their music that I put an advert in Sounds, to find musicians influenced by their unique sound.
They still are one of my all times favourites. Genius. Pure genius.

dc shell, Monday, 9 January 2006 12:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

afternoon grappling fans,
i've set up a site ahead of the reissue on boutique/ltm of the 2 benny profane lps [on one cd]
find out more here -
you have to sign up and stuff but thought some of you might be interested.

mckechnie (joe profane), Wednesday, 11 January 2006 18:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Cripes, I totally missed this thread's revival! Off to myspace I go...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 14 January 2006 07:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

new passage live tracks on yammer site - fear [from 1/1/81 ica, with lizzy on vocals] & the beginning the dawn [from rca supporting this heat].

mckechnie (joe profane), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 15:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Nice! :-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 15:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
I saw The Passage at the (then) Thames Poly in Woolwich, London, in Febuary 1982 (the 10th if I remember correctly). I was 14 and it was my first gig. I went with my older brother. I subseqently bought every release apart from the first EP, which i never found. And subsequently sold them all when I moved to CD! Pity, since only a compilation exists as far as I know. I thought they were unique and got me thinking about politics and religion and relationships etc. They were as important to me as Joy Division, and that is saying something!

andrew f, Saturday, 1 April 2006 12:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Pity, since only a compilation exists as far as I know.

Read upthread, my friend -- everything's been rereleased on CD. :-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 1 April 2006 13:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
can't remember if i mentioned this already but i've set up a passage page on myspace.
from there, if you so desire, you can find pages for benny profane and buffalo recordings.
be interesting to see if people still look at this here page.


mckechnie (joe profane), Sunday, 12 November 2006 16:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

They do indeed!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 12 November 2006 17:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

apart from you ned! you look at everything.

mckechnie (joe profane), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 13:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 15 November 2006 13:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Because they're on Facebook don't you know

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 August 2009 15:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

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