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Dr C it is indeed Gina X, my grasp of the alphabet is a bit slim, at least I knew it wasn't Gina G.
She also did a version of drive my car in which she reveals the German dominatrix subtext which is missing in the original.

Billy Dods, Sunday, 26 August 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
BOUGHT BOTH OBJECT MUSIC SINGLES AND THOUGHT THEY WERE BRILLIANT WAS INTO THEM UNTIL THEY SPLIT. LOOKING BACK AT THEM THEY WERE VERY STYLISH AND HAVNT DATED.I USED TO WRITE TO DICK WITTS AND I WOULD ALWAYS GET A REPLY...USUALLY ON B.B.C T.V.HEADED PAPER AND A FEW FROM WHEN THEY TOURED IN AMERICA.DICK HAD A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOUR AND GAVE ME THE NAME WILL/WONT. I ONLY GOT TO SEE THE PASSAGE ONCE AT THE RITZ CLUB ON WHITWORTH ST MANCHESTER. IT WAS ALSO BEING RECORDED FOR A 'PEEL SESSION' THEY HAD PROBLEMS WITH SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT AND STOPPED MID-WAY THROUGH 'MAN O' WAR' TO GET IT RIGHT. LISTEN TO THE POWER AND BEAUTY IN 'THE GREAT REFUSAL' ON FOR ALL AND NONE..DICK I HOPE YOU'RE STILL BANGING AWAY ON THE KETTLE D

WILL WOODS, Sunday, 25 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Well I finally managed to re-buy Enflame and For All and None. (Why did I ever let them go in the first place?) Wierder than I remembered and totally unique, surely the Passage's albums are due for proper re- issues.

Dr. C, Monday, 26 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
"Seedy - The best of the Passage" is out this month via Cherry Red Records.

Mic, Wednesday, 13 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's been out for a few years! Unless a 'new' version of it has popped up.

Dr. C, Thursday, 14 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It is being repromoted by Cherry Red. Probably due to increase interest in post-punk era. Therefore "this repromotion" will encourage independent record stores and the music chain stores - to order it in.

DJ Martian, Thursday, 14 March 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Does anyone have any of the Peel Sessions recorded? I've been looking diligently but so far all I've found is one song, which shares some lyrics with @th Day but musically is a much different piece.

Scott Gibbons, Friday, 3 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I know someone who might still have the peel session they did between 'Degenerates' and 'Enflame' I'll ask. There is also at least one Kid Jensen session, 1983 IIRC, - they did Dogstar and Angleland + one other.

Dr. C, Friday, 3 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

saw the passage once at ULU.supported by the three johns..great band.I know Dick Witts lives in Brighton now as I lived near him. Cherry Red...Reissue those CDS pronto..For All and None was my fav. can anyone mp3 em for me??

DarrenS, Sunday, 5 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I seem to remember a song title"Form and void"???? Imay be wrong though.or 'First to Last" quite a long intro (peel-live in concert) anybody come across this get in touch, the intro has been in my head for years now.de de de de de,de de de de de,do do do do do,de de de de de.de de de de de and so on. some body get a sight going i've got some contributions. Honest.

will/woulds, Tuesday, 7 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i'll happily put up a new passage site but i need info and pics..i may find some in my collection of sounds/nme/mms from way back...heres hoping..any contributions? pleases send em in and I'll start work..does anyone know what was on the old passage fan page??

DarrenS, Wednesday, 8 May 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Anybody know anything about a 1995 album called Stuntman?

, Monday, 3 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

This Lp is NOT by the same group.

dagga36, Wednesday, 5 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Pls. anyone recall the album with Passage song goes like this: "it's 3 in the morning/ it's always 3 in the morning / shave your head/ make despair an event/ take it out on your friends / shave your head" etc. been looking for years & can't find it. thankx

Uncle Ho, Thursday, 13 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's 'Shave Your Head' off 'For All and None' (Night and Day, 1981).

Dr. C, Friday, 14 June 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
I didn't think anyone remembered the Passage! I first heard the song 'Fear' on the John Peel show in late 1980. I was blown away by it. There really was nothing like it at the time (and still isn't, really); the tribal drums, spacey string synth. After that, I had to own everything they put out. Unfortunately, I never did acquire the original Object singles, but I have just about everything after that. I too received a few letters from Dick Witts back in the early 80's. Great sense of humour, and I really appreciated him taking the time to write to me. My favourite LP's are Pindrop & For All & None. I suppose the only thing marring them slightly is the production - Pindrop was recorded in a 4 track studio in 3 days! The later records were still very good, but the first two have something very special about them.

Thanks Dr. C for starting this thread.

Ian, Thursday, 4 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

A Passage Thread! - Fuckin BRILLIANT !

Got one of their early singles, but don't remember liking it much - 'Pindrop' and all the subsequent work, though, I found absolutely stunning. I always envied DW's ability to somehow find a working balance between Critical Sharpness & Cynicism and Interested Wonder - he used to crop up on BBC2 in 'The Oxford Road Show' at some point, I remember him doing a 'rap performance' to review a fanzine called 'VoodooVoodoo', playing some percussion over a drum machine! And it's true, the music itself is a very odd mix of elements and complexities, almost impossible to describe/imagine (but that's a good crack at it earlier). I think they don't sound dated because they were quite unlike anything else around at the time - and I've never heard anything like them since, either (though somebody please tell me if there is). I loved the fact that Witts was able to re-work the same bass line across different songs, like some baroque composer exploring the same 'theme' in a series of pieces.... I don't think I've ever heard work anywhere else that is oozing with such a potent mixture of threatening darkness, thin-lipped vitriol, angular intelligence, sparkling wit, textural complexity & variety, tightly controlled nervous energy, and archly-self-aware downright cleverness & humour... (you can tell I like them, right?)

Great lyrics too, really encapsulating and impressionistic - 'I don't need love - I don't need sex - I'll walk the floor when nothing's left...'

PLEASE SOMEBODY CD re-issue the albums, and add the singles on as extra tracks! (And DON'T change the cover designs - even they were brilliant, with the constant use of Black/White/Red theme throughout.)

My copy of 'Pindrop' is also on fading tape (aaarrrgghh), 'For All And None' & 'Degenerates' on vinyl, Enflame on pre-rec cassette (with 'Degenerates' minus one track on the other side), and also a few singles on vinyl (Devil's & Angels, Wave 12", Taboos 12"). A flexi-disc with a version of 'Born Every Minute' on one side (and Blancmange's 'Living on the Ceiling' on the other!) was actually given away with some pop music paper in 81/82(?) as well...'Record Mirror' ?

I thought that 'Seedy' comp was lacking in some of their best tracks (it would be though, wouldn't it) - but at least it had 'Sharp Tongue' & 'Carnal' on it.

I DO have that J.Peel session they did (in '80/'81?) with the female singer on cassette somewhere - think I missed a bit of one of the songs though, fuckit. As far as I can recall they did 'Devils & Angels' + 'Shave Your Head' + AnotherTrackFromAll&NoneWhoseNameICan'tRecall + .....aaarghh i can't remember. So I'm sure I've got it (or most of it) - what now?

Ray Manston, Wednesday, 10 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

OK - I've dug the old C90 out - the JP session with female singer - tracks were:

'Dark Times' + 'Devils & Angels' + 'Shave Your Head' + 'Watching You Dance' and it was this last one that I missed the first 1/3 of grrrrrrr

Ray M, Thursday, 11 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

would you be able to mp3s these tracks and up them to the kazaa network?? i have all of the seedy cd in mp3 plus most of the last three lps to share

dagga36, Thursday, 11 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like the way this old thread keeps popping up - it proves my theory that there are still dozens of Passage obsessives holed up around the place.

Apparently Cherry Red doesn't have the rights to For All and None so don't expect a re-release from them. In fact Seedy is all we're likely to get on CD.

Whilst the *sound* of The Passage is pretty unique (question : was Witts ever a prog-rocker pre-Passage?)his modus operandi reminds me of Roy Wood and Paddy MacAloon. The combination of dense layers of ideas bashing into each other, unexpected melodic twists and (most importantly) a sense of a *big picture* is something these three share. In Wood's case the bubbling layers are pop hooks, in MacAloon's a mix of pop icons/imagary and stylised romance, whilst Witts fires volleys of *information* from the dark side of sex/love/politics. Just a thought.

Dr. C, Friday, 12 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

How weird is this?Thought we'd disappeared into the bottomless pit of early 80's never-made-its , but yes...we were rather special if you say so.I'm living in Ibiza, present a radio show - balearia on Cadena 100 (Spanish commercial network) www.clubibizaradio (embarassing home page nowt to do wi' me)mon-fri 2200-2300 CET- and still live and breath music and clubs.Not heard from Dick Witts for years, bastard sold my guitar for smack and owes me money...he wrote a book about Nico which I never read.Sadly it all got very messy, I was only 16 when I joined and was out of my depth with Dick's personality problems, but we did make some great music, most of which I still have somewhere...sounded pretty dated last time I checked tho' .. the old memory's not in good shape these days, living through the 80's in Manchester wasn't great for the health, -Dark Times and all that - but I live to tell the tales, if only I could remember them... Should've known Momus 'd keep the flag flying - came up to me in the street in Brixton once and asked me to make music with him, but I never followed through.Good on yer Nick. I'm touched and dare I say proud to know people still listen and enjoy- thanks!

andy wilson, Friday, 12 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Wow - great to hear from you Andy! Sorry about describing yr singing as a 'lugubrious drone'!!

(More proof of the power of ILM when it comes down to hunting down Lucan-esque members of yr favourite band. Especially if they're from Manchester - Mike Finney has been in touch after I posted about The Distractions).

Dr. C, Monday, 15 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

“Taboos” and “Taboo Dub” stands out with its medieval drum terror and dark turrets and feel of naked flames. Also recall that Peel broadcast a live piece by them – say 4/5 songs. I have it somewhere in a plastic bag in my parents’ house along with The Farmer’s Boys live on the other side. The free flexi-disc I well recall as I do DW’s appearances on a yoof culture prog on BBC2 in which he did a type of rap about new youth mags/fanszines on the desperately appropriated cherubic culture spectrum at the time. Backstage in Dublin at Trinity College in 1983, Morrissey told me that DW was “horrible” and that he (Morrissey) liked Microdisney. Back to The Passage I also liked “LonDon” immensely. Other than that, the lead pencil tones of the “Taboos” 12 inch single with its red border are sketchily deeply on my appreciative memory.

John Fleming, Thursday, 18 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ahhh! the Passage.what a band!..good to here you are still doing it Andy..one of Britains finest unsung bands..first heard the band on Peel and through a desire to find out more on this intriging character on ORS by the name of DW..finest moment without doubt was "for all and none"..but others were up there too..who can forget "the half of it..twats/cissies"..both twisted tales of hatred and deviancey (sp?)..never got on with "pindrop" due to its wilful obscure mix. what we wanted was to read DW's "texts".. saw them live and was shocked by the fact that DW's main keyboards were Casio..at the time asssociated with home keyboards but in retro- spect perfect for the "natural sounds that the songs needed... (strings,piano,horns,etc..)get those reissues sorted ASAP.all classic LPs (and include the texts..I had to send off for those back in the 80s and well worth a read! I also remember going to my first job in 1982 wearing a home made passage t-shirt..a stencil I made from the siluoetttes on the lyricsheet from "for all & none" featuring Andys magnificent "oakey" fringe!!! hope you guys still get something out of the cherry red deal,tho' I doubt it..Seedy had a bad choice of tunes, i think..where was "The Great Refusal" fer christs sake!!:-). finally last time I saw DW was in a fetish club in Brighton..(1993) (shades of the Taboos cover..)where he had since written some books, was now Richard,sporting a fetching grey "tintin" haircut and his "partner" for the night was an mid change transexual!!! although I didn't have the front to ask him about the Passage..I felt this just summed up the pent up angst and sexually politics that the passage ALWAYS used in their material.... Good work Andy,Dick and Joey!!! Andy,if you can remember and/or want to elaborate..I'd love to hear what happened in those "Dark Times!;-) seeya! JA

james anderton, Sunday, 21 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Dr. C - we never got to the bottom of that 'A Certain Way To Go' = ACR issue?

Ray Manston, Friday, 26 July 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
Does anyone have a cassette/Mp3 file of "All or nothing"That i could beg/steal/borrow. Fave Passage gig"The Beach Club"1981 with the girl singer.Brilliant Gig!

Iain, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

"For All and None"I meant. The "Joey Holts" has kicked in

IAIN., Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
If anyone's still listening, go here:
http://www.smartgroups.com/groups/passage

Keith Nuttall, Thursday, 24 October 2002 07:22 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm there! Waiting for the rest.

Rezmole, Thursday, 24 October 2002 10:41 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Details of forthcoming The Passage re-issues, Source:
Darla Coming Soon

PASSAGE, THE BBC Sessions cd $13.50
LTM (UK)
COMING 3/3/03
One of the most undervalued of the post-punk bands to emerge from Manchester, The Passage were active between 1978 and 1983, producing four cult albums and a slew of singles. BBC Sessions traces the convoluted history of The Passage through their several radio broadcasts. The first John Peel Session, from November 1980, features short-stay vocalist Lizzy Johnson, and catches the band in transition. The second and third Peel sets, from October 1981 and May 1982 respectively, feature two otherwise unrecorded tracks in Rod of Iron and Form and Void. The collection also includes the very last studio recordings made by The Passage, in the shape of a Janice Long session recorded in February 1983 with their aid of a brass section and harp player. Included is another unrecorded song, Sing the Praise. The Passage recorded a total of four albums: Pindrop (1980), For All and None (1981), Degenerates (1982) and Enflame (1983), as well as the several BBC Sessions. All will be reissued on CD format for the first time by LTM over the next few months. The discs have been digitally remastered with extra tracks and the sleevenotes feature a detailed history of the band.


PASSAGE, THE Pindrop cd $13.50
LTM (UK)
COMING 3/3/03
One of the most undervalued of the post-punk bands to emerge from Manchester, The Passage were active between 1978 and 1983, producing four cult albums and a slew of singles. Pindrop, their dense first album, originally appeared in 1980 on the Object label and has been unavailable for two decades. Here, Passage mainman Richard ‘Dick’ Witts performs most of the material. Stand-out tracks include Watching You Dance, Troops Out and the powerful 16 Hours. Although Pindrop was recorded in less than a week in an 8 track studio, its rough edges and tense, claustrophobic atmosphere all underpin the central lyrical theme, which is fear. The eight bonus tracks include all material from their first two ultra-rare eps, featuring ex-Fall bassist Tony Friel. The Passage went on to record another three albums, namely For All and None (1981), Degenerates (1982) and Enflame (1983), as well as several BBC Sessions. All will be reissued on CD format by LTM over the next few months. Pindrop has been digitally remastered with extra tracks and the sleevenotes feature a detailed history of the band. Reviews: “With Pindrop, The Passage can be accepted as major. It’s a work of disciplined, intellectual aggression, frantic emotions and powerfully idiomatic musicality. It’s as shocking a beautiful nightmare, as stormy and aware a debut as Unknown Pleasures. It’s the shock of the new – new shades, textures, noises, pulses, atmospheres and energies” (Paul Morley, NME, 1980)

PASSAGE, THE Degenerates cd $13.50
LTM (UK)
COMING 5/12/03
One of the most undervalued of the post-punk bands to emerge from Manchester, The Passage were active between 1978 and 1983, producing four cult albums and a slew of singles. Degenerates, their third album, originally appeared in 1982 on Cherry Red. Here, Passage mainman Richard ‘Dick’ Witts is joined by guitarist Andrew Wilson and short-stay drummer Paul Mahoney. Stand-out tracks include the well-known single XoYo (almost a chart hit!), Born Every Minute and Love Is As. The seven bonus tracks include the non-album singles Wave and Taboos, as well as rare b-side tracks such as Angleland and Animal In Me. Reviews: “Degenerates is the most complete pop record I’ve heard for three years. Dick Witts is the investigative ferret you hope will never turn up if you’ve got something to hide” (Melody Maker, 5.82); “Degenerates isn’t standard pop, but intelligent and radical music” (The Leveller, 5/82); “Witts is in danger of becoming the Chic of the avant-garde, and that’s intended as a compliment” (Time Out, 5/82); “The sophisticated subversion is mostly fabulous, fascinating stuff” (Smash Hits, 5/82) The Passage recorded a total of four albums: Pindrop (1980), For All and None (1981), Degenerates (1982) and Enflame (1983), as well as several BBC Sessions. All will be reissued on CD format for the first time by LTM over the next few months. The discs have been digitally remastered with extra tracks and the sleevenotes feature a detailed history of the band.


PASSAGE, THE Enflame cd $13.50
LTM (UK)
COMING 5/12/03
One of the most undervalued of the post-punk bands to emerge from Manchester, The Passage were active between 1978 and 1983, producing four cult albums and a slew of singles. Enflame, their fourth and final album, originally appeared in 1983 on Cherry Red. Here, Passage mainman Richard ‘Dick’ Witts is joined by guitarist Andrew Wilson and drummer Joe McKechnie. Stand-out tracks include Sharp Tongue (also a single), Horseplay and the powerful Sunburn. The song Drugface was later heavily sampled by Moby for his 1991 single Drug Fits the Face. The six bonus live tracks are taken from a powerful in-concert set recorded for BBC Radio One at the Ritz in Manchester in October 1982 Reviews: “This album exists to provoke questions, and the Passage are capable of composing a melody or two, and catchy ones at that” (NME); “Quite superb – a rumbling drum swing collides with spikey pop electronics. Undoubtedly the most successful fusion of avant-garde and dance styles” (Time Out); “Brilliant and uncompromising” (Masterbag) The Passage recorded a total of four albums: Pindrop (1980), For All and None (1981), Degenerates (1982) and Enflame (1983), as well as several BBC Sessions. All will be reissued on CD format for the first time by LTM over the next few months. The discs have been digitally remastered with extra tracks and the sleevenotes feature a detailed history of the band.


PASSAGE, THE For All and None cd $13.50
LTM (UK)
COMING 5/12/03
One of the most undervalued of the post-punk bands to emerge from Manchester, The Passage were active between 1978 and 1983, producing four cult albums and a slew of singles. For All and None, their rare second album, originally appeared in 1981 on their own Night and Day label. Here, Passage mainman Richard ‘Dick’ Witts is joined by guitarist Andrew Wilson and drummer Joe McKechnie. Stand-out tracks include Dark Times, Hip Rebels and Lon Don. The four bonus tracks comprise all tracks from the two ultra rare Night and Day singles Troops Out and the superb Devils and Angels, the latter featuring short-stay vocalist Lizzy Johnson. Reviews: “Dense and irregular” (NME); “Easily among the front runners for album of the year – a varied collection of melodic songs with both tension and depth plus lyrics that successfully avoid the twin pitfalls of either preaching or propaganda” (The Face); The Passage recorded a total of four albums: Pindrop (1980), For All and None (1981), Degenerates (1982) and Enflame (1983), as well as several BBC Sessions. All will be reissued on CD format for the first time by LTM over the next few months. The discs have been digitally remastered with extra tracks and the sleevenotes feature a detailed history of the band.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Saturday, 11 January 2003 20:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

..is DR C looking forward to these CDs

DJ Martian (djmartian), Monday, 13 January 2003 14:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

when is a succession of more than five singles, say, not considered a "slew"?

mark s (mark s), Monday, 13 January 2003 14:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

is Dr.C looking forward to 'em? does a bear et cet...? *winky face*

Jeff W, Monday, 13 January 2003 14:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hey, he's not the only one y'know.... :)

Snowy Mann (rdmanston), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 02:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

To rephrase....

:)

Snowy Mann (rdmanston), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 02:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

LTM never fail to amaze

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 02:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hurrah for The Passage, back in fashion! Hurrah for the LTM / Darla rereleases, courtesy of that nice man James Neiss! Hurrah for the new website, Dancing Through Dark Times! Hurrah (eventually) for the essay I've promised to write for them! Hurrah that Andy Wilson was on this thread, beaming in from Ibiza! And hurrah for Dick Witts, who, on September 11th 1999, came to a little show I gave in Borders, Oxford Street, London, and posed for a photo with me holding up a decorating book!

http://www.demon.co.uk/momus/momuswitts.jpeg

Momus (Momus), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 03:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

So how come Dr. C hasn't posted yet? Has he exploded in sheer happiness?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 03:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

HAIRY ARMS

zemko (bob), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 11:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(5/12/03 is this uk style dates, so december yes? or retarded american style?)

zemko (bob), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 11:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Dr.C's in DanPerryville at the mo' i think. but i'm sure we can keep this thread going until he gets back

*stares out the window*

zebedee, Tuesday, 14 January 2003 13:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Passage info is taken from the darla website, therefore American !

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 14 January 2003 13:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've gone off them now.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Thursday, 16 January 2003 17:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I figured. I hate MBV now too.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 16 January 2003 18:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm planning to go off them as soon as they become more popular.

Snowy Mann (rdmanston), Thursday, 16 January 2003 18:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yay yay yay!
I'm excited too! I learned about The Passage last semester when I did a synth-pop specialty radio show - but Degenerates is the only thing I've ever heard by them. Clarke B. got me the LP for Christmas so I've been enjoying that, but I'm excited to see all the other albums getting re-released as well (along with bonus tracks!).
Hurrah for LTM/Darla.

Emily (emily), Thursday, 16 January 2003 19:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I went off them before Dr C.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Thursday, 16 January 2003 19:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I like them again now it's Friday and I'm back home.

The BBC sessions one looks good, and I'll prolly get Pindrop as don't have it any more. I see LTM are also releasing Crawling Chaos's magnificently stupid 'The Gas Chair'. This was one review :

In the NME Adam Sweeting wrote: “They played so badly for so long that a phone call to McWhirter and his Book of Records would surely have been received favourably. Ineffectual doodlings on guitar and keyboards became ends in themselves. A guest singer stood at the microphone and coughed for several minutes. Nobody danced or even twitched a leg. The bloke at the mixing desk read the Evening Standard and someone next to me asked the time before falling asleep. Anyone who needs this garbage is probably already dead.”

They were great!

Dr. C (Dr. C), Friday, 17 January 2003 09:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

May I be the last to say

'FUCK THE NME!!!!'

(if they still exist).

Momus (Momus), Saturday, 18 January 2003 23:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

when the hell did adam sweeting write for the nme?

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 19 January 2003 01:09 (fourteen 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

Cor!

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ENJOY!

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

agents of change is great!

bulbs (bulbs), Friday, 26 November 2004 09:00 (twelve 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 :-)

www.yammer.co.uk/passage

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

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE LIVE RECORDINGS - ARE THERE EVER GONNA
BE ANY FURTHER RELEASES ???????????????

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

one month passes...
Revive!

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 (eleven 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 - www.myspace.com/bennyprofaneuk
you have to sign up and stuff but thought some of you might be interested.
enjoy.
joe

mckechnie (joe profane), Wednesday, 11 January 2006 18:00 (eleven 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 (eleven 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].
enjoy.
joe

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

Nice! :-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 24 January 2006 15:40 (eleven 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.
www.myspace.com/thepassageuk
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.

joe

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

Heheh

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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