The Motors Newcastle Mayfair 1978

The Motors Newcastle Mayfair 1978
motorsAirport! The Motors were a British pub rock band who got swept up in the punk scene and hit the charts with “Airport”, which was a number 4 UK hit single in 1978. They were formed in London in 1977 by former Ducks Deluxe members Nick Garvey and Andy McMaster together with guitarist and front man Bram Tchaikovsky, and drummer Ricky Slaughter. I saw them a few times around this period, notably at the Reading Festival and at Newcastle Mayfair. “Airport” was rising up the charts at the time of the Mayfair gig and the place was packed. These guys had learned their craft in the pub rock scene of London, and it showed. They were a slick and professional live rock band, with some catchy tunes. As well as “Airport”, their earlier single “Dancing the Night Away” was also pretty good. Bram left the band shortly after this, and went on to lead his own band. The Motors continued for a few more years until they folded in 1982. My poster programme (pictured) tells me that support for the Mayfair gig came from heavy rock band “Marseille” and young Glasgow band “The Jolt”.
“Airport, airport, You’ve got a smiling face, You took the one I love so far away, Flying away, flying away, Airport, airport, You’ve got a smiling face, You took my lady to another place, Flying away, flying away” (The Motors, 1978).

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mitch on October 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    The Motors also played Newcastle City Hall on 16th October 1977 as support to Wishbone Ash on their Front Page News tour.


  2. Posted by vintagerock on October 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Mitch. Many thanks. I thought I’d also seen the Motors as a support act, but couldn’t remember when! I’ll get to that gig when I get to W (one day….) Peter


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