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Minstrels, Poets & Vagabonds – First Priority

Moving away from traditional rock this latest post in the ongoing series looking at the Glasgow music scene of the last five decades drifts into what we now call “alternative”.

First Priority were part of The Mars Bar scene which helped produce what became Simple Minds from the acorn that was Johnny & The Self Abusers.

Formed late in 1979 the group were nurtured on the sounds of that era and got off to a flying start with a support slot with The Clash on the 21st and 22nd January 1980 at a packed Glasgow Apollo

The bright lights of London attracted them and by 1984 they finally landed a deal with MCA.

This was their first single which featured the production touch of Mike Hedges who had twiddled the knobs for one of their influences Siouxsie and the Banshees.

“Lady Christabelle” – First Priority

Promotion of the single was via a support slot on a PIL’s  tour, however, despite a second single “Pillow Talk” and further tours the elusive “hit” of commercial breakthrough eluded them resulting in their demise in 1986.

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January 23, 2010 - Posted by | Old Music | ,

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