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Thursday June 16th 1983

friars aylesbury phase three - maxwell hall, civic centre, market square, aylesbury

Robert Marlow
related friars history (click on date)
David Rhodes (Random Hold) Friday August 24th 1979  Saturday 22nd December 1979
band line up
Neil Arthur (vocs)  Stephen Luscombe (keys/programming)  Dinesh Pandit (percussion)  David Rhodes (guitar)
gig poster and flyer (click to enlarge flyer)




Webmaster, north Bucks

An interesting gig to say the least. Blancmange were the basic two piece, a tabla/Indian percussion/sitarist and David Rhodes. They did a very interesting set and the stage setting seemed to feature a pub table parasol if my memory is right. This was one of a two date tour as the band decided to play the venues closest to where they grew up, so with one from Princes Risborough and one from Blackburn......

Robert Marlowe had a great song called The Face of Dorian Gray (update 2010, I've found the video clip below) - I don't think I am getting him confused with anyone else hopefully. He was a protege of synth god Vince Clarke. I clearly remember David Stopps tapping me on the shoulder and pointing at the mixing desk at the back of the hall. Twiddling the knobs was a certain and indeed unmistakable Vince Clarke.

David Rhodes (Blancmange)

 "I also don't remember being there with Blancmange, but I most probably was !" 

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what happened next
Blancmange  dissolved in 1987 but reunited in 2006 and this resulted in 2011's new Blanc Burn album and tour. They toured the UK again from 2012
odds and trivia
Obviously as the nation's youth would be appalled, child friendly Radio 1 would only play a reworded version of Living on the Ceiling hence the reference to the cuckoo tree.....
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Blancmange official site
sound and vision
Blancmange - Game Above My Head 
Robert Marlow - Face of Dorian Gray

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