Fashion Newcastle Polytechnic 1982

Fashion Newcastle Polytechnic 1982
fashionI just found this programme in a box. I obviously missed this when I covered the letter F; anywhere here goes. I saw Fashion at Newcastle Polytechnic in October 22nd 1982. Kajagoogoo were the support act. The programme lists the members of Fashion as: Troy Tate; Mulligan; Darby; Dik Davis; Marlon Recci. Although largely forgotten, Fashion were quite influential at the time. They grew out of the post-punk movement in Birmingham, alongside, and influencing Duran Duran, who supported them on their early shows. I first saw Fashion as support for the B-52s at Redcar Bowl in 1978. The line up had changed a little by the 1982 tour, as had their music. By 1982 Fashion had lost their lead singer Luke Sky, and had released their second album Fabrique, which was much in the new romantic and electronic mode. Fashion were also very much about image, all of them dressing very trendily; the programme features some quite arty photos of the band and its members. Mulligan was, as I recall, the main man, with dreadlocks and playing keyboards and bass. From wiki: “At the end of 2007 beginning of 2008, Luke (Sky) James, the original guitarist and singer of Mulligan’s Fashion, launched a Myspace site devoted to the band. On the site James wrote of the original line-up: “2 Dead” (Davis and Cottrell) / “1 living” (James) and “1 missing” (referring to Mulligan.)”

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ian on October 11, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I was at this show too. I was a student at the Poly at the time. We were surprised when Fashion showed up minus Dee Harris (he’d replaced Luke Sky)who’d been the main man for the Fabrique album. The 2 new guys tried but the band were pretty ordinary, truth be told. The support act were the widely ridiculed Kajagoogoo. Funnily enough I saw Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo’s bass player) with Steven Wilson a few weeks ago – it’s taken a while but he’s gained some musical credibility !


  2. Posted by Paul White on August 4, 2022 at 11:13 am

    I loved the Fabrique album. Still one of my favourites. I was all set to go to this Poly gig when news broke that Dave Harris had left. Didn’t bother after that, sounds like I made the right decision


    • Posted by vintagerock on August 4, 2022 at 11:23 am

      Hi Paul. To be honest I wasn’t particularly familiar with the music of Fashion. I do remember that they look pretty cool however Happy days Peter


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