SANDINISTA! – THE CLASH (December 12, 1980) – ALBUM COVER LOCATION – Camley Street (under the railroad tracks from St. Pancras Station), London. Photo by Pennie Smith.

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SANDINISTA! – THE CLASH (December 12, 1980) – ALBUM COVER LOCATION – Camley Street (under the railroad tracks from St. Pancras Station), London. Photo by Pennie Smith.

Photo 1 -The album cover superimposed over the present day location, Camley Street, London.

Photo 2 – A cropped version of the original shot by Pennie Smith. 

Photo 3 -A side-view, close-up of the band. They are standing in the same spot as the previous picture, as you can see by what looks like a radio against the brick wall behind them in each picture.

UNDER THE RADAR: Video for ‘You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving’ the first digital single from the legendary unreleased album ‘TOY’.

UNDER THE RADAR: Video for ‘You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving’ the first digital single from the legendary unreleased album ‘TOY’.

A David Bowie album that was never officially released during his lifetime is to come out the day before what would have been his 75th birthday.

Toy, which was recorded in 2001 and leaked online in 2011, will be released in a three-CD box set on 7 January.

40 YEARS AGO: Adam & The Ants – “Prince Charming”

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40 YEARS AGO: Adam & The Ants – “Prince Charming”

“September 4, 1981

ADAM & THE ANTS’ new single is “Prince Charming.” It says on the label that this is, “Introducing the new dance craze ‘The Prince Charming.”” This is a dance craze that did not sweep the nation.The song did though, eventually climbing the UK charts to become Adam’s second #1 hit. The 45 is flipped with “Christian D’or,” which is a rather incomplete list of Adam’s fetishes.

In a recent interview in the New York Rocker, Adam admitted to some of his surprising roots.He said that, “I was always aware of music and was in school bands but I never had any formal training. The first record I ever bought was “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” by Tiny Tim. I can’t read music but that hasn’t been a problem. I know chords and notes and can write a tune with Marco and just go in and do it. I don’t think Lennon and McCartney could read music for a long time.”

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40 YEARS AGO: It’s Immaterial – “A Gigantic Raft In The Philippines”

40 YEARS AGO: It’s Immaterial – “A Gigantic Raft In The Philippines”

“July 21, 1981

IT’S IMMATERIAL have their second single “A Gigantic Raft In The Philippines” appearing in UK shops. It’s on the Liverpool-based Inevitable Records label and is flipped with “No Place For A Prompter.” Secret messages in the wax are, “Music for Badgers,” and “Where’s Mason gone?”.

The group is Henry Preistman (ex-Yachts) on guitar, Julian Scott on bass, John Campbell on vocals, and Paul Barlow on drums. The band would re-record this song in 1984. In the late ’80s, Henry would put together a new group called the Christians and put nine songs in the UK top 40.”

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