Midge Ure Saturday night at the Apres Bar in Birmingham, and its a special one. The bar downstairs is full, with more than a little excitement about the Carl Froch/George Groves Super-Middleweight Championship. Upstairs in the Club Room, we’ve gone back to the 1980’s with a full house of “Darklings” (the collective noun for club members) who are excited about the appearance of a Musical Heavyweight for the Only After Dark (OAD) 5th Birthday Celebrations, some of which have come in from overseas to be here.


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Blancmange Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe teamed up around 1978, the Blancmange name appearing at the release of “Irene and Mavis” their debut, in 1980. Christened by Daniel Miller as “the maiden aunts of techno” in reference to the old ladies in the launderette who appear on the single cover. The maiden aunts reference still used today (see Stephen Luscombe’s post on the Blancmange website).


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