Deaf School: The Non-Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party

Deaf School: The Non-Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party

Deaf School: The Non-Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party

Deaf School: The Non-Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party

Excerpt

Forty years ago a chaotic student group played their debut show, at the Liverpool art school Christmas dance. They were called Deaf School because they rehearsed in a former school for the deaf. It was a throwaway name for a pop-up band, who took defiant pride in being belowaverage musicians. And yet, somehow, they seemed to do something right.

Word spread, their audiences grew. Record companies came sniffing. Large cheques were produced and champagne corks popped. Twelve years earlier the Liverpool music scene had given the world the Beatles. Could lightning strike twice in the same place? A lot of entirely sane people agreed that this band could be the future of British rock’n’roll.

They weren’t, of course. Chart success eluded Deaf School, for reasons that are still being thrashed out in pubs around the country. Most of all their timing was unlucky.

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