The Thatcher Crisis Years

1980s politics blog from TV historian Tony McMahon

EchoOut of the ashes of various punk and mod revival bands came a new breed of combo claiming to be reviving psychedelia.  Echo and the Bunnymen and the Teardrop Explodes are often categorised under the 1981 psychedelic label.

They had emerged from the Crucial Three, an extremely short lived Scouse combo in the late 70s that had included Ian McCulloch (not in Echo), Julian Cope (now in Teardrop) and Pete Wylie (fronting up Wah!).

Psychedelic clubs soon began to sprout up – like the Groovy Cellar and the Clinic – and amusingly, Lee Pattinson of Echo and the Bunnymen was turned away from one such club in September that year because his clothes were deemed to be insufficiently psychedelic!

Mood Six was another band that popped up around 1981 from the leftovers of Mod revivalists, the Merton Parkas.  But by the time that Doctor and the Medics were making their appearance on Top Of The Pops, I was well through with this phase.

One thought on “1981 – the year of the psychedelic revival

  1. I wish you could stretch your window by just a year – I’d love you to cover the Dukes of Strasophear, XTC’s psychedelic venture, which started in 84. Chips from the Chocolate Fireball is one of my favourite albums.

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