Sandie Shaw Newcastle University 20th June 1986

Sandie Shaw Newcastle University 20th June 1986
sandiestixI grew up listening to Sandie Shaw. “Alway Something There To Remind Me”, “Girl Don’t Come”, “Long Live Love”, “I’ll Stop At Nothing”: all classic pop songs. I even admit that as a 10 year old I watched her win the Eurovision Song Contest with “Puppet On A String”. But I thought I’d never get the chance to see her live. However, come the mid 80s Sandie Shaw was back in the public eye, and back in the charts, thanks to The Smiths and her cover of “Hand in Glove”. She went out on tour and I was lucky enough to catch her when she played Newcastle University in 1986. Backing Sandie were members of the JoBoxers (remember “Boxer Beat”?). What can I say. She looked great. I think she wore a leather cap and leather hot pants. Wow. She sang some of the old hits, along with some of her mid 80s material including “Hand in Glove” and her ode to Morrissey “Steven (You Don’t Eat Meat)” 🙂 Her voice was great. We were right down the front straight in front of her.image A dream come true. Support came from Scottish rock/soul/funk band Love and Money, and local heroes Martin Stephenson and the Daintees.
This setlist is from Sandie Shaw’s gig at Manchester Hacienda a few days later; I would guess her set at Newcastle will have been similar to this: Hand in Glove; Always Something There to Remind Me; I Don’t Owe You Anything; Long Live Love; Message Understood; Steven (You Don’t Eat Meat); I’ll Stop at Nothing; Go Johnny Go!; Anyone Who Had a Heart; Frederick; A Girl Called Johnny; Girl Don’t Come; Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken. Encore: Jeane; Hand in Glove.
My favourite Sandie Shaw song is “Tomorrow”. Not sure if she is a guilty pleasure. I would argue not.

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