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)
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▹
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▹
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.