Friday, 30 October 2015

Nervous Wreck

One of the lesser-known bands to come to The Liberties in the late 70s was Radio Stars.  Kind-of light punk/traditional rock/pop, Radio Stars never made it big in the Charts - although they did appear on Top of the Pops and TOGWT (The Old Grey Whistle Test, with Whisperin' Bob Harris).  Nervous Wreck did make the singles charts, but only just - well done if you remember it.

The first time they came to Coleraine they supported my favourite band of that era, The Stranglers.  The second time around I managed to get some snaps...

Radio Stars
Radio Stars' lead singer Andy Ellison was a great front man - totally in charge and they always played an amazing set, even if all the songs weren't instantly recognisable...

As you can see, Mr Ellison clearly was one for taking the shirt off - but then from memory he was very energetic, bouncing around the stage and over the equipment as one does when one is a bona fide rock star in the making.

I've no idea what he was doing in this last shot - perhaps he thought he would be the next Roger Daltry, but I am impressed by his knee-pads.  Clearly he was thinking ahead, worried that his stage antics might lead to creaky joints in his later years.

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