February 20 – Rough Trade, Smiths, MBManifesto, Cannibals

1976


Travis, in-shop

The first Rough Trade record shop, owned by Geoff Travis, opens at 202 Kensington Park Road (now a toy shop) in Notting Hill, West London.
 
In 1978 Travis — already promoting or managing bands like the Buzzcocks — spawns the famous post-punk, alt-rock DIY Rough Trade Records label. Structured as a co-operative, before bankruptcy in 1991 it signs hundreds of bands.
 ( Website DIY (90 min) 

1984

Brit indie alt-rock band The Smiths release their eponymous debut album.
 
It peaks at UK#2. The band had debuted in Manchester’s The Hacienda only the previous February, and were soon signed with Rough Trade.
 
All 4 of their albums make UK#1-2. In the US, only the 1985 single How Soon Is Now? will make the top-40.
How Soon  Hand in Glove  Charming Man   ( Ask Me fansite  ( Plundering fansite  ( Smiths fansite ▷Smiths’ first gig▹

1989

Release of Storm the Studio, the first of a long line of experimental electronic music albums from Swindon native, remixer, producer Jack Dangers and San Francisco’s Meat Beat Manifesto. Strap Down 2 
 
 ( Website ▷MBM interview 2009▹ ▷TapeLab▹

1989

Birmingham, England rock & soul band Fine Young Cannibals release their 2nd studio album The Raw and the Cooked.
 
With vocals by Roland Gift it’s bound for US,UK,CA,AU,AT#1 with the hit singles She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing. The album title is also the name of a book by Claude Levi-Strauss.

MTV abusers please note: lean, light Roland Gift sounds as fine as he looks. — Robert Christgau

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