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A Flock of Seagulls at Rewind Scotland 2018

Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 20-22 Jul 2018

Everyone’s favourite retro festival turned ten this year, so I expected Rewind to pull out all the stops. And they did just that. Regular gig pals Sarah and Pete joined me again for a jaunt to sunny Perth, where we were astounded at the lack of both queues and exiled T In The Park bams that plagued last year’s event.

The lineup was… eclectic, but on the whole enjoyable. The Skids opened day one with an energetic pile of hits that made the hardcore fan next to us go misty-eyed. I still don’t know the lyrics to Into The Valley, but peas sure sound divine. After a small appearance from Roachford (“He had more hits than Cuddly Toy?” – Pete), Peter Hook and The Light brought a miraculously grievance-free set. Nary a mention of the bastards that owe him money as he delved into the considerable Joy Division and New Order back catalogue. Though we could’ve done without throwing the sweaty T-shirt into the crowd, Hooky.

Howard Jones at Rewind Scotland 2018We had high hopes for Howard Jones, and weren’t disappointed. HoJo has barely aged, can still rock a keytar, and was cheerful and gracious to the crowd. He was followed by small acts of varying quality. Standouts included the Weather Girls’ Martha Wash on top vocal form sneaking in her C&C Music Factory classic, an emotional set from Kim Appleby (the first since Mel died), and a youthful Tiffany making the dads a bit giddy. Odyssey, though, sent us barwards, especially when they kept forgetting lyrics to their biggest hit.

Roland Gift was, as in 2016, flawless – so much so he got the “I’ve been dragged here by my wife” guy in front up and dancing. But our whole party was baffled at the decision to put The Gipsy Kings in a prime evening slot. They’re not the most ‘Rewind’ of groups, and most people only know Bamboleo. Sarah correctly predicted they’d put it in the middle of the set and lo, the term “this set’s gone a bit Gipsy Kings” was coined. Years passed, the crowd was divided, and with a pleasant flamenco Volare cover they finally buggered off.

OMD at Rewind Scotland 2018Headliners OMD were well worth the small delay. Andy McCluskey’s jovial banter and dad dancing have greatly improved since I saw him at Latitude years ago (“He throws shapes unknown to geometry” – Pete). The Joan of Arc duo was a treat, as was “the new stuff… from 1991”. “You Scottish folk usually sing ‘Testicles’ to this,” Andy declared, launching into Tesla Girls. I’ve never seen a more joyful audience. Beg, steal or borrow tickets to an OMD gig – you won’t regret it.

Sunday began with Hue and Cry. Once they got going they weren’t too shabby, but the spectre of Pat Kane’s newspaper column lingered in an ill-advised new song featuring the bassist rapping about indyref. Reader, I cringed. Fortunately, The Selecter eased our pain with some superb afternoon skanking just like last year’s gig.

The Selecter at Rewind Scotland 2018The afternoon sagged somewhat. Boomtown Rats irritated right from the start, with an overblown, arrogant intro complete with gunfire (!) and Geldof ranting about politics, Geldofsplaining who Janey Godley was to people acutely aware of her “Trump Is A C*nt” sign. The misery continued with a ‘short’ set from UB40 that was unbearable even from a distance. “UB40 are inexplicably popular, but then so was Mussolini,” declared Sarah as they launched into a shambolic Red Red Wine. Imagination’s Leeeeeee John was a smooth, funky palate cleanser, before a pitchy, unsteady Wendy James from Transvision Vamp ruined everything again.

A mullet-less Flock of Seagulls saved the evening shift, paving the way nicely for cheery partners-in-synth Heaven 17. They pretty much replicated their Let’s Rock set, which was no bad thing. Likewise, Midge Ure was as excellent as ever. By the time the big headliners appeared, green room drink had clearly been imbibed. Bonnie Tyler had no filter whatsoever (“I have Botox twice a year, like sex”), sang some more obscure hits (including the other Jim Steinman one), but Holding Out For A Hero and Total Eclipse got everyone back on side. Props to the gran in front of us who started breakdancing to Holding Out – gaun yersel’.

We were sceptical about Status Quo’s prime slot – without Rick, it wouldn’t be the same. How wrong we were. In a touching gesture, a third mic stand was left out for their missing member, and like many acts the unknown songs still got a warm reception. Francis Rossi also had no filter, rambling about ’80s cocaine-fuelled fun and how political correctness has ruined talking about lady bits. Baffling. Still, the fans left happy, as did we.

So, another decent Rewind. All the same, I’d go easy on the extended world music section next time.

Off The Chart: 9 June 1987

Off The Chart: 9 June 1987

Come back to this day in 1987 as Steve and Julian bring you another two hours of hits, headlines and horsefeathers on Off The Chart! As always there’s a hatful of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from one of … read more

Off The Chart: 31 March 1987

Off The Chart - 31 March 1987

We’re going back to 1987 this week on Off The Chart for another two hours (and a bit) of hits you don’t normally hear on a chart show. There’s also three tracks from the week’s featured album, a hit from … read more

Virtual C90: March 2018

Virtual C90: March 2018

This month’s virtual mixtape brings you new music from Kim Wilde, Kylie, Tracey Thorn, Judas Priest, Sade, UB40, David Byrne, Erasure and Mel & Kim! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses and mixes. Give it a listen on … read more

Off The Chart: 28 October 1986

Off The Chart: 28 October 1986

Come back in time with us as Steve and Julian revisit the UK singles chart of this day in 1986 on another Off The Chart! They’ll unearth some forgotten hits, play three tracks from one of the week’s big albums, … read more

Virtual C90: April 2017

Virtual C90 April 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Madness, Blondie, Mike + The Mechanics, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Erasure and more! Plus the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and remixes. Enjoy! read more

Off The Chart: 18 March 1988

Off The Chart: 18 March 1988

A new look, a new feature, but mainly the same old nonsense from Steve and Julian as they dissect the UK singles chart of 18 March 1988. There’s a load of hits you never hear anymore, three tracks from a … read more

Off The Chart: 12 November 1986

Off The Chart: 12 November 1986

We’ve received a leaflet… but we’re still carrying on with the UK singles chart of 12 November 1986 in this week’s Off The Chart! There’s hits from Fuzzbox, New Order, Kate Bush, a featured album from Kraftwerk and an all-female … read more

Virtual C90 – September 2016

Virtual C90 - September 2016

Loads of new music this month from Shakin’ Stevens, Bon Jovi, Yello, New Model Army, Deacon Blue, Barry Gibb and the Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra! Plus the usual mix of hits, misses, remixes and forgotten gems. Don’t forget the Virtual … read more

Off The Chart: 9 July 1987

Off The Chart: 9 July 1987

Live* from somewhere by the sea, the Off The Chart Roadshow revisits the chart of 9 July 1987. Steve and Julian don their Kiss Me Quick hats and play some forgotten hits of the week, three tracks from the featured … read more

1987 Christmas Top 40

Shane & Kirsty

1987 saw the proper arrival of house music in the UK, with Steve “Silk” Hurley’s Jack Your Body topping the chart in January and M/A/R/R/S blithely sampling every record they could get their hands on and reaching number 1 with … read more