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Deaf School? Come again?

Midnight exclusive: Legendary line-up back together in cabaret setting at Everyman

Published on June 27th 2009.


Deaf School? Come again?
SECOND Honeymoon. Now there was an LP to conjure up a load of happy romantic wallowing.

"In the whole history of Liverpool music two bands matter most, one is The Beatles and the other is Deaf School.”

It came from Deaf School, Liverpool art college students a generation ago. They came up with a first album that was quite brilliant, a concept that just didn't belong in its media moment - and in 1976, when Deaf School were wowing the music world, nobody even knew what a a media moment was.

Their style, with catchy tracks like What A Way To End It All, was somewhere in between pub rock, punk, glam rock and art rock.

They disbanded after their third album, largely to go on to successful careers in the music industry.

But just now and again down the years, they somehow find a way to do it all again, which is something of a treat for their fans. And after all in his book Wondrous Place, didn't journalist Paul Du Noyer declare: "In the whole history of Liverpool music two bands matter most, one is The Beatles and the other is Deaf School.”

Yet Second Honeymoon was, and is, a bit of a mini opera with a narrative. Talents like Clive Langer, who went on to produce Madness, Elvis Costello, Dexies, Morrissey, the Stranglers and Hugh Cornwell, were at the helm of the controlled chaos (sometimes there were more than a dozen people on stage) turning out fantastic classic tunes that desperately needed something they never really got live: a cool, Brecht-like, intimate setting.

But that's about to change. The Everyman is to host Deaf School, the band, back together in almost entirety, for three nights in September.

It goes on: “Following the two London gigs the previous week at The Dublin Castle in Camden on Thursday 10 September and the garage in Islington on Friday 11 September, the band will play four gigs in three days at the Everyman: Thursday 17 September, 8.00pm; Friday 18 September, 8.00pm; Saturday 19 September, 7.00pm and 9.30pm.

So good to see that they are warming up for Liverpool in London then.

Support at the Liverpool gigs will be provided by Henry Priestman, formerly with The Yachts and The Christians, "with another very major support act to be announced later in the summer". Apparently.

Tickets go on sale to the public on 6 July from the Everyman on 0151 709 4776 and at Everyman Box Office, with seats at each gig priced at £12, £16 and £20. Or you can get your hands on these and other priority seats straight away by joining their Theatre First scheme for a tenner.

Enrico Cadillac Jnr, Steve Allen, says he is delighted to be gigging in his home town again:

”It's always very very special to perform in the 'Pool, where we started. The recent shows have all been momentous occasions and how fantastic to be celebrating our 35th anniversary in such a great venue! We're adding some very Deaf School touches to the theatre with cabaret tables plus one or two surprises…oh yes, it’s all happening! We can't wait!"

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

MarkJune 25th 2009.

Check out the band's splendid all-new official website at http://www.deafschoolmusic.com - and sign up for midnight emails!

Round of applauseJune 25th 2009.

They are a national treasure, and I'll be wanting my ticket!

Ian le StuntJune 25th 2009.

Thanks John for confirming that I'm not going mad just yet!! I went to the deafschoolmusic.com site and my day was made by the discovery that a CD anthology containing all 3 studio LP's and some JP sessions exists. Even better it's available on Amazon for £4.98......for all 47 glorious tracks. Heaven does exist methinks. It's in the post.

AnonymousJune 25th 2009.

Super

drurylivesJune 25th 2009.

Only scouzers would celebrate like this! Yey!

JohnJune 25th 2009.

Ian le Stunt...your memory serves you well. I was there too. Front few rows trashed, but what a night! Saw them last year at the Academy..Brill! Roll on September at the Everyman.

AyCarmela!June 25th 2009.

Excellent! A national treasure of band.

Pearl necklaceJune 25th 2009.

Love Deaf School. Saw them in 1988 at the Hardman House and it was the most memorable night. Their gigs are still amazing. What a polished set of performers, and you even get Suggs these days too! Can't wait and thanks for telling us about it xxx

Ian le StuntJune 25th 2009.

Great news - one of my fave music memories was seeing them at the Empire back in the day. I seem to remember the front few rows downstairs got trashed by the dancing..........or is that just my grey matter playing tricks? Hard to tell these days.

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