In the history of Liverpool music, there have only been only two bands that mattered, wrote Paul Du Noyer in his book, Wondrous Place. And one of them was Deaf School.
A hotch potch of Liverpool art students in the late 1970s, their numbers often going into double figures on the stages of Eric's and O'Halligan's Parlour, in Mathew Street, they rehearsed at the deaf institute on Princes Avenue, looked chaotic and sounded truly amazing.
Eric Shark, Enrico Cadillac, the Rev Max Ripple et al conspired to produce some of the most memorable music of the moment, providing a springboard for founders Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley who went onto become pop production pioneers. And singer Bette Bright married Suggs, long been part of the entourage and getting up to do a turn.
They split up decades ago, reformed for the Second Coming gig, in 1988 at the Hardman House Hotel, and managed to get it together again a couple times last year, sounding better than ever.
Now, their lovely manager, Eric's co-founder Ken Testi, who, these days, runs the Old King's head pub in Chester, has parted with a pair of tickets for their gig at Liverpool's Carling Academy on Saturday September 22.
Alongside faves like Second Honeymoon and What A Way to End It All, “there will be new stuff,” Ken tells us, including a reclaimed version of Shipbuilding which Clive Langer wrote for Elvis Costello.
Somewhat reluctantly, we are giving the tickets away to one lucky Liverpool Confidential reader. To be in with a chance of winning them, fill in the form below. Closing date September 19.
Meanwhile, if you were there last year when Deaf School reformed to play the packed opening night of the New Picket, you know it'll be some occasion.