Here’s a few pics from the recent Derby Electronic Music Open Mic Night at Derby Dubrek.
It’s only the second that I’ve been to but I enjoyed it loads and I love that so many acts are on that it keeps everything shaken up. Good point – if you don’t like an act, it’s not long till they finish. Bad point – if you love an act, they finish way too soon.
I only know about Telex cos my mate who worked at WH Smiths with me lent me their album ‘Birds And Bees’ (called ‘Sex’ everywhere else, apparently).
I knew nothing about the band, it was 1982, who knew anything about musicians back then? If they weren’t in Smash Hits or on the Oxford Road Show – nada.
I fell in love with the mystery of the band and of this album, which sounds like a synthpop soundtrack for a film noir. The production stands up now, forty years after it was made. It remains one of my favourite ever albums. I didn’t even know then it was a collaboration with the equally awesome Sparks.
I’m gonna rip off the Telex sound as much as is humanly possible.