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1980

1980 Jan / Feb Weird Tales Into The 80s Tour
Zounds line-up for this 2nd Weird Tales tour:

Laurence Wood (gv); Nick Godwin (gv);
Steve Lake (bv); Judge (d)


The Entire Cosmos, with Josef on drums, play on some dates.


Recordings from the previous tour in September 1979 released on the Weird Tales tape and sold at gigs on this tour.


 

1980 Jan 17 London The Raindrop Club
The Trafalgar
2 Bramley Rd, Frestonia
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob
The Entire Cosmos


The tour started off with a gig at The Trafalgar pub, a squatted venue in the short-lived Free and Independent Republic of Frestonia. It was boarded up not long after this gig and subsequently demolished.
1980 Jan 18 Birmingham Birmingham Aston University
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob
The Entire Cosmos

1980 Jan 19 Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Polytechnic
The Weird Tales Extravaganza
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob
Blues Drongo All-Stars

Recording exists - erroneously dated as 1979-09.
Angels / Ugly Vomit / Holland Park > Bats / Forgery / Can't Cheat Karma / War / Wolves / I Made It Happen


1980 Jan 20 Manchester Manchester Polytechnic
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob
The Entire Cosmos

1980 Jan 21 Manchester Funhouse Club
The Mayflower



Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob
Danny & The Dressmakers
The Entire Cosmos



1980 Jan 25 Nottingham Nottingham University
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob

1980 Jan 26 Letchworth Leys Youth Club
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob

1980 Jan 27 Bishops Stortford Triad Leisure Centre
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob

At this gig, Crass / Dial House were brought to the attention of Zounds by the gig promoter[04]... at some point [presumably during the next day], Steve and Laurence take a tape to Dial House; Crass agree to release a single. At this point, Crass had only released a single by Honey Bane and a single and album by Poison Girls other than their own material.

1980 Jan 28 London Thames Polytechnic
Woolwich
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob

1980 Jan 29 High Wycombe High Wycombe Polytechnic
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob
The Entire Cosmos

1980 Jan 30 London Middlesex Polytechnic
Enfield
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob

CANCELLED.
1980 Jan 30 Nuneaton 77 Club
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob

Here's a dismissive review of this gig from Coventry fanzine Alternative Sounds #12.

1980 Jan 31 Bicester Nowhere Club
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob


1980 Feb 01 Slough Slough College
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob

In his book Zounds Demystified Steve Lake states that Slough was the last gig of the tour, despite Brighton, Watford and Acklam Hall being extensively advertised.[04]

1980 Feb 02 Brighton Sussex University
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob

1980 Feb 03 London Acklam Hall
Portobello Road
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob

CANCELLED. Rearranged for the following day, but that was also cancelled. Eventually took place on the 21st.

1980 Feb 05 Watford Carey Club
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob

1980 Feb 21 London Acklam Hall
Portobello Road
Androids Of Mu
Zounds
The Mob

Oddly on this night, nearby at The Raindrop Club, The 012, The Entire Cosmos, Vince Pie & The Crumbs, The Hills Are Alive and Blue Midnight also have a gig.

[Who were The Hills Are Alive ?]


1980 Mar
 
 
 
Josef Portar takes over drums from Judge at some time in March.


1980 Mar 16 Bishops Stortford Triad Leisure Centre Exit
Zounds
The Astronauts

3 conspiracy theorists walk into a bar. Coincidence?
EXIT was the name of the avant-garde performance art group that included Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher.

This Exit may have been a separate afternoon event and the name a merry coincidence.


1980 Mar 28 London The Elgin
Ladbroke Grove

The Entire Cosmos
Vincent Units

The Entire Cosmos, probably with Josef on drums, play a couple of Ladbroke Grove gigs this weekend. This one part of a series of gigs at The Elgin as part of the Street Level Musicians' Co-op.

1980 Mar 29 London The Raindrop Club
The Trafalgar
Freston Road

The Entire Cosmos
The Attitudes
The Commuters

The Attitudes were a mod band that Josef joined shortly after moving to London.
The Commuters ?



1980 Apr 25 High Wycombe High Wycombe College Zounds
The Astronauts




1980 May 10 London Hyde Park


Misty In Roots / Androids Of Mu
Alexis Korner / Keith Christmas
Inner City Unit


A midday event to benefit the Legalize Cannibis Campaign.
A notable cultural event, that may have been of interest.

1980 May 11 London Centro Iberico
Harrow Rd

Zounds
The Hills Are Alive
The Astronauts
The 012

This poster is interesting as it shows the 'Crass' Zounds logo a couple of months before Can't Cheat Karma was even recorded and probably only a month or so after Steve and Laurence first met Crass. Design is credited to Zounds and Eve Libertine on the single. Quick work and what we would now call branding.


Larger version here.



1980 May 17 Split Poison Girls / Crass single Persons Unknown / Bloody Revolutions released on Crass Records.

1980 May 18 Ian Curtis hangs himself in Macclesfield.


1980 Jun 13-26 Stonehenge Solstice Festival Here And Now / Zounds
Crass / Poison Girls
The Mob / Inner City Unit
The Epileptics / The Snipers
Hawkwind / Thandoy

At the 1980 Stonehenge Festival the biker contingent, a mainstay of most UK festivals, took exception to the number of punk bands and punks on site. During The Epileptics' set cans and bottles were thrown on stage and some violence erupted and the generator was effectively taken over by the bikers.

As a result, Zounds along with the Poison Girls and Crass were prevented from playing.



1980 Jun Nick Godwin leaves the band prior to the recording of Can't Cheat Karma.


1980 Jul 05-07 London First single Can't Cheat Karma recorded and mixed at Southern.

1980 Jul 14 Malcolm Owen found dead in his parents' bathroom.


1980 Jul 18 London Drill Hall
Action Space Theatre
Chenies Street
Poison Girls
Annie Anxiety
Zounds



Reviewed in Fack #4 here.




1980 Aug 29 Can't Cheat Karma / War / Subvert 7" released on Crass Records.




1980 Sep 24 London Drill Hall
Action Space Theatre
Chenies Street

Poison Girls
Zounds
Annie Anxiety

Action Space advert


1980 Oct

This Crass / Poison Girls October 1980 tour was originally scheduled as:
Oct 07 Tropical Club, Rochdale
Oct 08 Le Mount Club, Halifax
Oct 09 The Blind Institute, Hull
Oct 10 Cleopatras, Huddersfield
Oct 11 The Rock Garden, Middlesbrough
Oct 13 The Sweatbox, Bradford
Oct 15 Gatsby's, Liverpool
Oct 16 Ad Lib Club, Nottingham
Oct 17 The Mayflower, Manchester
Oct 18 The Playhouse Nite Club, Edinburgh
Oct 19 Civic Hall, Cleator Moor

Zounds played 3 of these. Nottingham was cancelled but Winsford was added.

1980 Oct 14 Winsford Community Youth Centre Crass
Poison Girls
Annie Anxiety
Zounds

Zounds tape exists somewhere.

1980 Oct 15 Liverpool Gatsby's Crass
Poison Girls
Annie Anxiety
Zounds

City Fun and other listings
Zounds tape exists somewhere.

1980 Oct 16
Nottingham Ad Lib Club Crass
Poison Girls
Annie Anxiety
Zounds

CANCELLED. Advertised but did not take place.

1980 Oct 17 Manchester Funhouse Club
The Mayflower
Birch St, Belle Vue

Crass
Poison Girls
Annie Anxiety
Zounds

City Fun Manchester gig guide and
reviewed in the 1st November 1980 issue of Record Mirror


1980 Nov
 
European Tour
with Cheap 'n' Nasty





Earlier in 1980, probably June, a chance meeting at Dial House between Zounds and members of Dutch group Cheap 'n' Nasty led to an agreement to tour Europe. Later Steve travelled to Leiden and hung out with Herman from Cheap 'n' Nasty; between them they organized this tour.
More info and photos can be found at the Bacteria website. Have a dig around, there's loads of great info regarding Dutch punk and commentary of this tour.

Zounds: Steve Lake, Josef Portar, Laurence Wood.


Photo credit: Terry of Cheap 'n' Nasty; other posters and most info for this tour courtesy of the great Herman De Tollenaere.


1980 Nov 07 Rotterdam
Kaasee
Zounds
Bunker
Suburbans

1980 Nov 08 Amsterdam Melkweg
Zounds
Cheap 'n' Nasty

1980 Nov 09 Appeldoorn
Netherlands

Gigant
Schoolstraat
Zounds
Cheap 'n' Nasty

Poster here




1980 Nov 14 Berlin

KZ36
Waldemarstraße
Zounds
Slime
Cheap 'n' Nasty
Stromsperre
Razors


Photo credit: Annelies / Cheap 'n' Nasty

1980 Nov 15 Berlin SO36
Kreuzberg
Zounds
Cheap 'n' Nasty
TNT
Beton Combo
ZK
Vopo's
Hass

Festival der Aggressiver Musik
Poster here




1980 Nov 19 Koningshooikt
Belgium

Alcazar
Zounds
Cheap 'n' Nasty

Alternate poster here




1980 Nov 20 Tilburg
Netherlands

Kijkhuis

Zounds
Cheap 'n' Nasty

1980 Nov 21 Leiden
Netherlands

LVC
Zounds
The Photomodels

The Photomodels were Cheap 'n' Nasty. They had to use another name (a reference to one of their songs) because they had previously been banned by the venue for... "not being good enough".




1980 Nov 22 Zaandam
Netherlands

Drieluik
Zounds
Cheap 'n' Nasty




1980 Nov 23 Nijmegen
Netherlands

Doornroosje
Zounds
Cheap 'n' Nasty

 
 

 
Specific links at bacteria.nl for further info:
Pin - English version of Herman's Dutch fanzine Pin containing tour details and diary of events.
Photos
Flyers and tour info

Thanks go again to Herman, Terry and Annelies for their collective goldmine.


1980 Dec 03 London The Moonlight Club
West Hampstead

Flux Of Pink Indians
Zounds




1980 Dec 04 Letchworth Leys Youth Club Zounds
The Astronauts
The Solution


1980 Dec 08 John Lennon shot dead in New York City.

1980 Dec 10 Manchester Oozit's Beach Club
Shudehall

Poison Girls
Zounds

City Fun Manchester gig guide & Flyer

1980 Dec 11 Bletchley Compass Club Zounds
Flying Ducks

Compass Club Flyer

1980 Dec 12 Northampton Roadmender Club
Poison Girls
Zounds


     Updated: Aug 2022

  Sources

004
Steve Lake - Zounds Demystified - ISBN 9781909798014 Active Distribution
Available by emailing bevrecords@btinternet.com
020
Lance Hahn's interviews with Steve Lake & Josef Portar for his book. Printed as an article titled The Story Of Zounds in Maximum Rock 'n' Roll #227
0xx
Some general information deduced from Joseph Porter - Genesis To Revolutions - Downwarde Spiral
Available at Blyth Power HQ
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Some general information from Kill Your Pet Puppy and contributors.