80sObscurities presents: The Armoury Show - 'Castles In Spain'

Posted on 25/03/13

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80sObscurities presents: The Armoury Show - 'Castles In Spain'

This 80sObscurities was founded by DJ Rexx Arkana to showcase old, often unknown or forgotten acts and tracks from the decade when electronic music was truly the new wave. Rexx Arkana has been a club/radio DJ and promoter since the mid-80s and headlined festivals on several continents and currently holds a residency at DEFCON, NYC's current longest-running weekly scene party. He is also the founder and lyricist of Brudershaft and one half of harsh electro act FGFC820.

In honor of FGFC820's upcoming gig in Glasgow, and the impressive amounts of Scotch that we intend to drink, today's 80sObscurities is a local band from our beloved era. The Armoury Show started out in 1983 with Richard Jobson on vocals, Russell Webb on bass guitar, John McGeoch on guitar and John Doyle on drums.

The band was a sort of super-group at the time, given the members' previous involvement in other well-known projects. Both Jobson and Webb were in The Skids, the legendary post punk outfit that served as the birthing grounds for musician/vocalist Stuart Adamson (RIP), best known for his later band, Big Country. McGeoch and Doyle, meanwhile, played together as members of ex-Buzzcocks Howard Devoto's Magazine. When McGeoch left that band, he first joined up with Siouxsie and the Banshees before replacing Adamson in the Skids for a Peel Session, where he would make contact with Jobson and Webb, leading to the formation of TAS.

While it makes for fascinating trivia, the members' musical pedigrees didn't translate to commercial success for the group. After a handful of twelve inches and a single album, 1985's "Waiting for the Floods" (from which today's track is the opener), the foursome disbanded and went their separate ways.

New old music for your Monday morning, courtesy of 80sObs.

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If you've got a favorite musical memory from the 80s that you'd like to share, email Rexx your requests at rexxarkana@gmail.com . Rexx Arkana's 80sObscurities previous playlists are also available on Facebook and YouTube.

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