© Fotos & Words by Steve Drury
Party Day: Memories
Here are a few of the moments that bring a smile to my face each time I think of the fun and hard times with the band: Although there were many and quite a few ‘lost’ nights amongst these times - it was a joy to be had.
"I can only stay a while"
As he put it, as I was in the country at the time, it would’ve been rude of me not to go to Barnsley to seek out this band that he much admired (pictured here, L to R: Carl, Marc, Martin and Greg), down the local. And Marc actually jammed with them, and he knew more about the song structures than they themselves remembered!
Marc was later instrumental in the production and design of the two ’official’ bootleg CD’s of extra material (no longer available).
[Party Day Website - went on line as of 1999, and updated 'Aug 02' (both on Geocities), now here as from October 2010]
This venue became a favourite of the band, as the played there on three occasions:
So what of the back catalogue? Well check out the Auction section, which shows abay and similar sites that Party Day records have been sold on. New homes for little treasures.
As for video, if you’ve seen the 2015 News, then you'll know one such video did exist of the Party Day ‘in transition’ in December 1984. (Can’t thank you enough Dean for this). But I still don’t know what happened to the video recordings of their gigs at La Phonographique in Leeds and Queens Hall in Bradford. Although the quality was crap, there might be something to salvage . . . or not.
Everytime Party Day played Leeds, it was always a great gig. So here’s the Gig listing at the University when they supported The Chameleons and Getting The Fear - mid 1985 as the band were in transition. And later, at the Duchess 1985.
After Marc, the planet rotated around the Sun for a few more years and then appeared Strobelight Records. . . the first inklings of an afterlife for the band . . .
Sadly, this song was never recorded, but a demo version of its intro section appeared on the bootleg CD ‘Splitting the Atom, Shelling the Pea’ . It’s title for the CD was ‘Matter’.
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