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Discography

Side Roads

Radio & TV

Bootlegs

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John Peel Session

2nd August 1984 - BBC Radio 1

Good And Gone

Someone To Talk To

Tracking The Dog

Let's Go Down To The Woods And Pray

Recorded 24th July 1984, and predating the release of the Good And Gone EP, this is the first time punters will have heard the Messiahs other than live on stage. Produced by Mark Radcliffe. Released in 1986 on vinyl through Strange Fruit Records in the UK and on CD through Dutch East India Trading in the US.

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Paris Theatre, London

30th March 1985 - BBC Radio 1

1: (intro) 0:34

2: Good And Gone 1:32

3: Vision In Blues 3:19

4: Growing For Gold 3:26

5: Tracking The Dog 3:07

6: Let's Go Down To The Woods 2:53

7: Happy Home 3:11

8: Holiday Head 3:59

9: President Kennedy's Mile 2:44

10: Destroyer 2:48

11: Wild Blue Yonder 3:12

A superb live gig featuring three never released songs and a storming set of early numbers, including several in early versions that were to change significantly by the time they were recorded for the Gun-Shy album.

Available as a bootleg for many years, then released officially in 2009 on HUX Records as 'Live At The BBC' in it's entirety. This CD also contains the next two BBC sessions below for Andy Kershaw and Janice Long.

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Andy Kershaw Session

14th June 1985 - BBC Radio 1

Good And Gone

Tracking The Dog

Talking Doll

Their second live session for the BBC, available on the 'Live at The BBC' album above. 'Talking Doll' was a seldom played live track so great to hear a version here.

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Janice Long Session

4th November 1987 - BBC Radio 1

Sweet Water Pools

I Wanna Be A Flintstone

Big Brother Muscle

Third and final live BBC session. Again, great to hear a live version of 'Big Brother Muscle' which hardly ever made it onto set lists.

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Town & Country Club, London

March 1988 - BBC Radio 1

Full concert live broadcast.

Tracklist on the Discography page.

Recorded 27th February 1988 at the Town & Country Club in London and broadcast on Radio 1 soon after. This live show was later released on CD in 1992 by Windsong as the imaginatively titled 'BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert'.

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Paradise Club, Boston, USA

6th April 1988 - WFNX Radio

Full concert live broadcast.

Tracklist on the Bootlegs page.

Live FM radio broadcast of the second of two back-to-back shows. Great sound and set list, leaning heavily on Gun Shy and Bikini Red tracks. Includes a superb, slowed down rendition of 'President Kennedy's Mile', in the style they would often do the song live.

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BBC 6 Music Live in Concert

1988 - BBC 6 Radio

Broadcast 4am on 8th September 2010.

 

Tracking The Dog

I Want Up

Smash The Market Place

Sweet Water Pools

Bikini Red

This curiosity appeared early one morning on BBC 6 Music. Only the five tracks broadcast, live from the Town & Country Club, London, 12 February 1988.

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Messiahs YouTube Channel

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I could have gotten hold of the various Messiahs videos but you are far better served visiting this amazing YouTube collection, compiled by my friend Lee Edmond.

TV appearances and official promo vids, plus a plethora of his own genius remixes and visual wig-outs.

Click here to visit his YouTube channel, and lose a few hours!

 

On the remainder of this page are the Messiahs TV appearances and promo videos in chronological order.

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The Old Grey Whistle Test

BBC Television
1984

Let's Go Down To The Woods

Good And Gone

 

Broadcast live on air. During the latter Bill's trademark guitar abuse requires a change of instrument mid-song! 

The Old Grey Whistle Test

BBC Television
1985

Someone To Talk To 

 

Broadcast some time in 1985 on The Whistle Test. Filmed at the same show at the University of London Union from where five tracks were released on the B-side of the 'Twin Cadillac Valentine' 12" single.

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Hold Tight TV

BBC Television
1984

Wild Blue Yonder

Shot in the palm house in Kew Gardens, and a mime to the track but interesting venue all the same.

Night Network

Channel 4 1988

Sweet Water Pools

I Wanna Be A Flintstone

Jesus Chrysler Drives A Dodge

All Shook Down

 

Probably the best live set captured on TV of the band. Great selection of songs, played with typical attack and ferocity.

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Number 73

Wide Awake Club kids' TV

I Wanna Be A Flintstone

 

At the height of the single's chart success.

Promo video

1985

Twin Cadillac Valentine

Shot around south east London in Thamesmead, and showcasing one of Bill's beloved American muscle cars.

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Promo video

1985

Wild Blue Yonder

Even more psychotic and surreal than the previous video...

Promo video

1986

Bikini Red

Shot in the 'States and making the most of the Americana.

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Promo video

1989

Four Engines Burning

Aired a few times on MTV before the band were unceremoniously dumped by the label in 1989.

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SBMFM

Now playing Good And Gone from the Old Grey Whistle Test TV appearance, 1984.

Followed by Big Brother Muscle from the Janice Long sessions, November 1987.

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