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Retro Post #8: September 2009 – The Thatcher Years

On 12th September 2009, some of the great musicians of Medway got together once again in aid of Oxjam. This time round the Thatcher Years got the Medway Eyes treatment as we celebrated British music from 1979 -1990.

There’s a photo slideshow on the website.

Thanks to Rio for the videos. Here’s one of the brilliant Dave Pickett, front man of The Flowing, giving Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart his own unique treatment…


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Retro Post #2: January 2009 – Sounds of ’67

Punk poet and raconteur Andy Export on January’s Oxjam benefit at the Barge:

This was the first Medway Eyes tribute event for Oxjam, after grasping the baton from Bob Collins who had organised previous Oxjam events. It was a packed to the rafters affair featuring songs of The Beatles, The Who, The Monkees, Joni Mitchell and a whole host of others who were prowling the pop charts in that grand Summer of Love.

The choice of theme threw up some wonderful and colourful performances from a herd of Medway musicians and bands and a magnificent, summery night’s entertainment was had by all – even though it was on January 20th. The charming Barge environment – the bowery den of Layfield Road in Gillingham – was the perfect setting for an evening of retrospect and music. Over 30 songs from 1967.  Over £150 raised for Oxjam. Over 25 strummed guitars. If the players of the night had tried to smash their instruments up as The Who were doing 42 years earlier, it would have taken them all night.

Thankfully we live in an age of fine technology which means there are many photographs and videos of this terrific evening on the net.

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