January 1982. The U.K. Top 40 Show on Radio 1. Sunday 5.00pm. Can I be more precise?
At Number 40 in the Singles Chart, and to go no higher, was this gem. Theatre Of Hate bridged alternative with what would be psychobilly, not sure how they did this, but they did.
That hollow, stark, brilliant shaking vocal cry of Kirk Brandon still sounds unique even now. Primitive. Earnest. Evocative.
I could not buy the Single as my local Woolworths did not have the record in stock. They did have Bucks Fizz – The Land Of Make Believe, but that was not on my radar. In 1987 I picked up the album Westworld and a fine LP it is too. This is the stand out moment though…