Saturday, July 22, 2017

Riot act

When Suicide first came to Europe in 1978, a year after the release of their debut LP, they were met not with open arms but with "flat-out hostility" - the reaction of Clash and Elvis Costello fans underlining the extreme narrowmindedness of punk fans.

The band's one surviving member, Martin Rev, and their UK label rep, Howard Thompson, have spoken to the Guardian's Daniel Dylan Wray about a tour characterised by tension and violence - with the show in Brussels, recorded for posterity, proving particularly memorable for the fact that it ended in a riot.

I don't suppose Ed Sheeran's ever had an axe chucked at him - more's the pity.

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