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Artist: Sinister Ducks
Tour name: 1979 - 1984 - UK gigs
Date: 1979-xx-xx
Venue: Deadly Fun Hippodrome
Location: Northampton
Country: United Kingdom

"The Sinister Ducks first waddled into the limelight early one Saturday afternoon in the Summer of 1979. Local new wave compoposer, entrepreneur, and Adolf Hitler lookalike Mr. Liquorice had arranged a number of lunchtime cabaret sessions which were held in a crumbling Edwardian pavilion when the sun was at its highest and the audience figures at their lowest. Combining local New Wave or Hardcore bands with vintage Augie Dawgie cartoons, this venture operated under the alluring title of 'The Deadly Fun Hippodrome', and over the single summer of its brief duration it built up a loyal audience of, literally, dozens.
One one particular occasion, when the support for the band The Shapes had failed to turn up, Mr. Liquorice asked me if I could possibly form a super-group and be on stage int en minutes time. Being pretty drunk, this seemed to me a viable proposition. If I took four minutes carefully hand-picking the correct musical personnel and two minutes writing a modest twenty-minute set, this would allow almost a full one hundred and twenty seconds for rehersal. I agreed, and ten minutes later the Sinister Ducks took the stage. Other than myself, these included Bauhaus bassist David J., saxophonist Max Akropolis from the ska band ARMY, and singer-guitarist Grant Sesies of Birmingham?s D-Go-Tees. The audience, muddled ny glue fumes though they were, were roused to a slouching ovation by a tight and professional set that included David J. reading extracts from that morning?s paper and a heart-breaking rendition of the incomprehensible 'Debbie?s Gloss' by Grant Series on a bass guitar and half an amplifier. Reeling from this fabulous reception and concerned lest we should peak too soon we did nothing for the next two years."
Critter #23, Animals Rock n Roll ? Alan Moore, Northampton 1987

"Around 1979 Mr. Liquorice started an afternoon venue for live music and old Augie Dawgie cartoons, known picturesquely as the Deadly Fun Hippodrome. Financially it was utter suicide, but we had a lot of fun. It lasted until one of the visiting punk bands ripped out all the water pipes in the ladies' toilets, presumably as some sort of protest against the dehumanising futility of contemporary society. Anyway, during the Hippodrome's existence the level of organization had a kind of freewheeling Marx Brothers tendency.
I suppose this was our 'Cavern' period. That first line-up included myself, saxophonist Max Akropolis, Dave J. from Bauhaus and Glynn Bush from Birmingham's D-Go-Tees, who happened to be passing through town that particular lunch hour. After this first half-hour performance, we decided to follow the proven example of David Bowie and maintain an aloof, inaccessible silence. This period of withdrawal from the public eye lasted for about two years, during which we didn't rehearse or even speak to each other."
Alan Moore, Zig Zag article (Jun 84)

"I was at the Deadly Fun Hippodrome but don't remember whether they [The Sinister Ducks] played or not. I was playing with my band the De-Go-Tees and may well have been backstage at the time. Debbie's Gloss was one of my songs for the De-GoTees (Grant Series being my alter-ego at the time). [...] the main lyric was: 'I'm mad about the motion of Debbie's Gloss.' I certainly don't recall the Ducks ever playing it."
Glyn Bush for bauhausgigguide

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