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THE DISTRACTIONS

This Manchester new wave band was first formed in 1975 by college friends Mike Finney and Steve Perrin-Brown, together with Lawrence Tickle and Tony Trap. Restructured under the influence of the Buzzcocks towards the end of 1977, Finney and Brown stabilized the line-up with the addition of Pip Nicholls, Adrian Wright and Alec Sidebottom, who had previously played with the Purple Gang in the 60s. Their live set composed of Waiting For The Rain, Doesn't Bother Me, Pillow Talk, Do The, Valerie and Paracetomol, mixing the spirit of punk with a taste of the 60s. After supporting most of the main bands in the Manchester area, they made their debut album in January 1979 with You're Not Going Out Dressed Like That. This resulted in a deal with Tony Wilson's Factory label, and the release of Time Goes By So Slow. Originally the b-side Pillow Fight was to be the main track, but was flipped over at the last minute. Both good pop songs, they had the potential to climb the national charts, but failed through lack of radio play and promotion
At the end of September 1979 they signed to Island Records and released a re-recorded version of It Doesn't Bother Me
In 1980 Nobody's Perfect was issued, a mixture of new and old songs from their early live set, followed by the singles Boys Cry  a remake of the old Eden Kane hit , Something For The Weekend, the EP And Then There's. All received favourable reviews, but commercial success remained elusive, causing the inevitable split in 1981

Album: Nobody's Perfect  (1980)

Dates when they played with Joy Division:
Wednesday 19 October 1977 Pipers Disco Manchester (UK)
Saturday 28 July 1979 Mayflower Club Manchester (UK)
Monday 27 August 1979 Rock & Music Festival Leigh (UK)
Saturday 22 September 1979 Nashville Rooms London (Earls Court) (UK)
Friday 26 October 1979 Electric Ballroom London (Camden) (UK)


 

DETAILS

Line-up: Mike Finney (vocals) | Pip Nicholls (19771981) (bass) | Steve Perrin-Brown (guitar) | Alec Sidebottom (19771981) (drums) | Lawrence Tickle (19751977) (bass) | Tony Trap (19751977) (drums) | Adrian Wright (19771981) (guitar)