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Some things that happened in the week 24th May to 30th May 1984.

April 25, 2010

I’m going through some back issues of the NME.
As part of going through the issue dated 26-5-84 I’ve listed some of the other things that were going on in that particular week in May 1984 (If you want to see & hear the Top 50 singles from this week click here)

Thursday 24th May 1984

The Top Of The Pops line up ran thus:

Janice Long, Mike Smith

Alvin Stardust – I Feel Like Buddy Holly
Duran Duran – The Re-Flex (video)
Evelyn Thomas – High Energy
Howard Jones – Pearl In The Shell (video)
Status Quo – Going Down Town Tonight
Style Council – You’re The Best Thing (video)
Wham – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

I reckon that- You’re The Best Thing by The Style Council was the best thing in that episode.

I’ve gone through the NME Live list from that week’s edition to see who was playing live that night (24-05-1984) and here are the gigs that caught my eye:
Black Flag and Husker Du at Peter Piper’s in Folkestone (just thinking about that had put the biggest grin on my face)
The Lotus Eaters at Huddersfield Poly
Steve Marriott’s Racket Packet at the Half Moon in Herne Hill
The Psychedelic Furs (Passion Puppets support) at the Manchester Apollo
Budgie at Clouds in Preston
Angel Witch at the Verulam Arms in Watford.

2. Friday 25th May 1984

Echo and the Bunnymen played a gig in Madrid

According to the person who uploaded this clip- this gig by Echo and the Bunnymen took place in Madrid on Friday 25th May 1984. I’ve chosen the song Crocodiles but the whole gig is on Youtube if you fancy seeing it all. (In 1984 I was 16 and too young to go the pub – so in the evenings I mostly just sat in my bedroom backcombing my hair so it would look like McCulloch’s)

As well as Echo and the Bunnymen in Madrid other gig options for 25-5-84 included:

Bronski beat at Snobs in Birmingham.
Alexi Sayle at Fairfield hall in Croydon
Dumpy’s Rust Nuts at Ewell Tech. College
Gregory Issacs at the Brixton Academy
Felt at Manchester University Union

3. Saturday 26th May 1984.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was released this week.

Instead of going to the cinema you could have gone to the following gigs on the evening of 26-5-84:

King at the Fantasy Club in Birmingham
Hoorah! Boys Hoorah! at the City Limits in Cambridge.
Billy Bragg at Cheltenham Town Centre.
New Model Army/Animal Farm at the Town Hall Crypt in Middlesborough.
Jive Alive at Angie’s in Wokingham.

Sunday 27th May 1984

Adverts and continuity announcements from Yorkshire TV from the evening of 27th May 1984.

Someone has kept the adverts from before, between and after the ITV news and Spitting Image from the night of the 27th May 1984. A little slice of 1984 ephemera.

If you’d been in the Yorkshire region on the evening of 27/5/1984 you could have gone to these gigs:

The Flying Pickets at the Crucible in Sheffield.
Eek-A-Mouse at the the Leadmill in Sheffield.
Bucks Fizz at Warrington’s Spectrum Arena
Xero at the Manhatten Club, Bradford.
or you could have driven down to Lincoln to see Gene Pitney

Monday 28th May 1984.

Coronation Street

This was a Whit Monday and apparently 11,969,000 people stayed in to watch Corrie St. that night. Never a huge fan but I’ve always liked the title sequence.
(This not from the exact night but I think it’s the right title sequence for the period)

Gigs that night included:

Leo Sayer at the Brighton Centre
Status Quo at the Ipswich Gaumont (start of a 2 night residency no less. Go Quo)
The Cramps, The Specimen and Sexbeat at the Hammersmith Palais.
Restless at the Pindar Of Wakefield in London’s Kings X
Hawkwind at Ramsgate Marina Park
Goats Don’t Shave (No. Me neither) at The Swan With Two Necks in Worcester.

Tuesday 29th May 1984

BBC News report from the evening of May 29th 1984.

In May 1984 the Miner’s Strike was moving into it’s most confrontational period. In the last week of May this is how the BBC were reporting what was happening at Orgreave.

The “Battle of Orgreave” would follow a couple of weeks later.

If you were caught up in Yorkshire on that particular day, and you had the spare time you could have gone to see:
The Inca Babies and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry at Sheffield’s The Leadmill
(The abysmally named) Toby LeRone & The Acid Drops in Leeds at the Central Station Hotel
If you fancied a bit of drive you could have seen Peggy Lee in the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

Wednesday 30th May 1984 Part One

Liverpool Won the Cup

On this day Liverpool beat Roma in 1984 European Cup final. This game went to penalties and was probably best remembered for Bruce Grobbelaar’s wobbly knee antics in the penalty shoot out.

Wednesday 30th May 1984 Part Two

The Joy of Regional Telly

This clip is of local presenter Susan Osmon announcing the next day’s TV schedule and weather on HTV West just before closing. There is a poetry about what she says here – she mentions the band the Strawbs, the weather forecast for Lundy and Irish Sea, she congratulates Liverpool fans and she wishes us goodnight. It is just lovely.

If you lived in the HTV West region and fancied going to a gig that night then this was your choice:
UK Subs were playing at the Level 3 in Swindon,
A band called Nervous Breakdown were playing at the Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre.
The Chieftains were playing at the Exeter Festival.
You could have driven over to Reading to see Dave Swarbrick’s Whippersnapper.
(I’ve seen both the Chieftains and Dave Swarbrick folk junkie that I am)


Prince Charles called a proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a “monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend”

I was doing my CSEs. I got a grade 3 in Physics and a grade 4 in Woodwork.

The Russians had announced they were boycotting the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

The Guardian Media Section was launched.

Earlier in May 1984 this won the Eurovision. It’s bloody awful

These other magazines were published in May 1984

Newsweek 1984Playboy May 1984 Fantastic 4 May 1984

Radio Times may 1984 Playgirl May 1984 Time


I don’t know if Rockpalast is a German venue or a German TV show but the Smiths were on it/in it in May 1984. (This video is the first part of 9 if you fancy seeing the whole gig)



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