Monday, 6 February 2012

MM: The Story of the Blues (Part 1) by the Mighty Wah!

As I mentioned last week, the Wah! front-man, Pete Wiley, was a member of the short-lived Crucial Free along with Julian Cope (Teardrop Explodes) and Ian McCulloch (Echo & the Bunnymen). Wiley went on to form various bans with other luminaries of the Liverpool scene including Pete Burns (Dead or Alive), Budgie (Siouxsie and the Banshees), Paul Rutherford (Frankie Goes To Hollywood), and Ian Broudie (The Lightning Seeds). In 1979 he formed Wah! Heat, releasing two critically acclaimed singles: "Better Scream" and "Seven Minutes to Midnight."

The band changed their name to Wah! for the release of their first album Nah = Poo! - The Art of Bluff. In 1981 they changed their name again to the Mighty Wah! and released their first hit single "The Story of the Blues (Part 1)", which reached #3 in the UK singles chart in 1983. Their follow up single did not do so well, but they achieved top 20 success again in 1984 with "Come Back (The Story of the Reds)" as did Wylie's solo single "Sinful", which made it to #13 in the UK singles chart in 1984.

The video is a performance of "The Story of the Blues" from the 16th January 1983 edition of Top of the Pops.

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