In 1984 I found out that you could get in at the BBC, for free, to be in the audience of The Oxford Road Show. As an 18 year old, who had barely been out of Ashton, the prospect of this was too exciting for words. I ended up going to several shows, some on Saturday mornings after having applied for free tickets, and some on Friday evenings, where even without tickets they would let a few extra people in if you were outside.
Seeing Peter Powell in real life, not to mention getting winked at by Midge Ure and other stars was amazing. The clip below of The Smiths singing “What Difference Does It Make” may feature me but I can’t spot myself. These shows were fabulous fun and had a great atmosphere that would be hard to get at an ordinary show.
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make
Thanks to http://kajafax.co.uk/2011/05/11/kajagoogoo-the-oxford-road-show-ors/ for the pictures of the ticket.
Urs – Here’s an article I’ve scanned in from City Life Jan-Feb 1084 (I think Issue 4):
“The first shows in 1980 betrayed the influence of the seminal Something Else…”