Live at the Peer Hat, Manchester

3 October 2017

The next Distractions Live date is again in central Manchester, this time supporting Dutch band, the Eton Crop, with Faerground Accidents, on Thursday 26th October. The venue is the new Peer Hat on Faraday Street, which is between Lever Street and Newton Street in the Northern Quarter, off Piccadilly.




The Distractions

They shared bills with the likes of Buzzcocks, Magazine and Joy Division, and their debut EP, 'You're Not Going Out Dressed Like That', released in 1979, led to a deal with Factory Records, who released the follow-up, 'Time Goes By So Slow'.

See the Facebook page for the gig:  www.facebook.com/events/1977289259157321

Buy tickets here from just £5.50:  www.seetickets.com/event/eton-crop-nl-support/the-peer-hat-manchester/1124164

Ruby Lounge review: The Distractions + Flamin' Groovies

25 September 2017

Two under-appreciated classic guitar pop bands graced the same stage in front of a loving and appreciative crowd at the Ruby Lounge, High Street, Manchester on Tuesday 19 September 2017.


Opening were local heroes, The Distractions, who are currently gigging in a live line-up including original singer Mike Finney and drummer Alex Sidebottom. The recording band have officially disbanded following their third and final album ('Kindly Leave The Stage') what with original guitarist Steve Perrin now living in New Zealand, while newer songwriter Nick Halliwell is at the other end of England. However, this new incarnation are currently gigging their late '70s and early '80s material to great success.

(c) Nick Barber, 2017.

A short but rocking set included "Maybe It's Love", "It Doesn't Bother Me" and the timeless Factory Records single "Time Goes By So Slow". A quite brilliant closer was a furious version of "Nothing Lasts" which the new live band - including Joe Brehony, Chris Dutton and Jonny Poole - have put their mark all over. The Distractions Live are a post-punk pop force to be reckoned with, and surely more gigs around the North West and hopefully beyond will follow. Next up it's The Peer Hat in Manchester on 26th October, then The Continental in Preston in November supporting Penetration.

(c) Nick Barber, 2017.

Joining several well-known local faces who turned out for The Distractions - such as CP Lee and Mick Middles - was Marc Riley (founder member of The Fall, and current BBC 6Music DJ) for the main attraction. Chris Wilson partnered the original Flamin' Groovie, Cyril Jordan, and they rolled back the years (65 and 69, respectively, Wilson informed us!) in a rocking hour-plus set.

Tracks from their new album, 'Fantastic Plastic', like "What The Hell's Going On?" and "End Of The World", were scattered amongst choice cuts from the late '60s and '70s. The inevitable and rightly lauded "Shake Some Action" brought the house down, and the smiles in the crowd lasted until after the show when Jordan and Wilson joined the fans for photos, chats and signatures.

(c) Nick Barber, 2017.

These two legendary but still fresh-sounding bands hail from opposite sides of the pond, but are hewn from the same rock: melodic guitar pop rock. We can only hope that they will both be playing to appreciative Manchester audiences again in the not-too-distant future (update: The Distractions are playing at The Peer Hat, Manchester on 26th October).

Stage times for Ruby Lounge

18 September 2017


We have been advised that approximate stage times for the Flamin' Groovies and first of all, The Distractions, are as follows:


  • 19:30 - Doors 
  • 20:15 - The Distractions
  • 21:15 - Flamin' Groovies

See you there for what's going to be a memorable night of post-punk and power-pop!



Live in Manchester this week

16 September 2017


The Distractions open for the Flamin' Groovies this Tuesday 19th September. Get your tickets here!


The Flamin’ Groovies story goes all the way back to 1965 when the band began as The Chosen Few in their hometown of San Francisco, California. After a name change and a self-released 10 inch album called “Sneakers”, which sold amazingly well, the band caught the attention of Columbia who signed them up and sent them into the studio with a big budget to record their first real album, “Supersnazz”, on the Epic label. Their next two albums were on Kama Sutra (home of their heroes, The Lovin’ Spoonful): “Flamingo”, and the now revered classic “Teenage Head”.
Lead singer Roy Loney left the band right after that and lead guitarist Cyril Jordan moved the group to England with Chris Wilson taking over as front man. A few singles on United Artists, recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales with Dave Edmunds producing, followed in the early ‘70s. In ‘76 they signed to Sire Records, who released three true gems of power pop: “Shake Some Action”, “Flamin’ Groovies Now”, and “Jumpin’ In The Night”.
The band’s upcoming new album “Fantastic Plastic” will receive a very limited European release on Otis Recordings and will be available ONLY at their live dates

“One of the great lost bands of the New Wave era” (Blurt magazine. USA)
The Distractions in the late 70s and early 80s were very well known on the post-punk music scene. They released records on the TJM, Factory, Island and Rough Trade labels to excellent reviews, as well as sharing bills with Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fall, The Members, Squeeze and many others.
They played all corners of the UK, Ireland as well as doing gigs in New York before splitting up. The present group has two of the original members: Mike Finney on vocals and Alex on drums as well as ex members of The Things and The Blue Orchids, all steeped in the Manchester music tradition. The Distractions (live) have been gigging regularly since the start of the year and are building up a new generation of fans who appreciate classic songs and storming live sets!

Ruby Lounge tickets - special offer

21 August 2017



We are pleased to announce that tickets for the Manchester gig at the Ruby Lounge with the Flamin Groovies on 19 Sept are on special offer, exclusively for Distractions friends and family!

Instead of the full price of £19.50 (which is great value for two legendary bands anyway!, you can pick up tickets using the details below for just £7.50.  This is a limited offer so move quickly!


Enter the promo code: DISTRACTIONS01

See you there!



Shake Some Action! - The Distractions Live in Manchester

2 August 2017

We are delighted to announce that The Distractions Live will be supporting the legendary Flamin' Groovies at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester. Tickets for this unmissable show, on Tuesday 19th September 2017 from 19:30, are available via the link at the Ruby Lounge website.


The Distractions have featured on a couple of compilations named after the Flamin' Groovies classic album, 'Shake Some Action'. On the original Shake Some Action Volume 1, 'It Doesn't Bother Me' featured, while Volume 3 boasted 'Something For The Weekend'. Here's more history from the gig webpage:



“One of the great lost bands of the New Wave era” (Blurt magazine, USA)

The Distractions in the late '70s and early '80s were very well known on the post-punk music scene. They released records on the TJM, Factory, Island and Rough Trade labels to excellent reviews, as well as sharing bills with Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fall, The Members, Squeeze and many others.

They played all corners of the UK, Ireland as well as doing gigs in New York before splitting up. The present group has two of the original members: Mike Finney on vocals and Alex on drums as well as ex-members of The Things and The Blue Orchids, all steeped in the Manchester music tradition. The Distractions (Live) have been gigging regularly since the start of the year and are building up a new generation of fans who appreciate classic songs and storming live sets!


Buy your tickets here: https://therubylounge.com/event/flamin-groovies 

https://agmp.ticketabc.com/events/flamin-groovies-1909/ 

and enter the promo code: DISTRACTIONS01

Glaston-BURY

9 July 2017


After yesterday's #MancsGiving festival in Whalley Range (more photos and videos of that later), here's confirmation of the next festival appearance by The Distractions Live. While they never got round to performing in a farmer's field in Somerset, the next best thing is surely Bury's Glaston-BURY festival on August Bank Holiday Monday (28th). This huge festival is also in a great cause - Bury Hospice, the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and other local charities. Just £7 in gets you 130 acts over 13 stages. Further details soon.


Spinning Top, Stockport gig

24 June 2017

Here's another Distractions Live date for your diaries. On Saturday 29th July The Distractions and support will be playing at The Spinning Top, 20 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK4 1AA. 

This is a cracking venue on the main A6 through the town and is just a few minutes walk from Stockport train and bus stations. They offer a decent selection of ale and some of Stockport's finest pubs are just down up the road and around the corner.

Tickets are priced just £5 in advance from venue, or £6 on the door on the night.


Manchester punk/new wave legends who first influenced bands like The Buzzcocks before adapting to ‘power pop’ with the release of their first album in 1980. An original Factory Records band before signing with Island Records. Shared stages with Buzzcocks, Magazine & Joy Division.


Manchester North of England - Maybe It's Love

23 June 2017

Next month sees the release of Manchester North of England: A Story Of Independent Music Greater Manchester 1977-1993 on Cherry Red. Naturally, The Distractions feature, with a first ever CD release of Maybe It's Love, from the TJM2 debut EP, 'You're Not Going Out Dressed Like That'. Lucky for some, it's track 13 on the first disc, 'Cranked Up Really High', and at least half of the bands and artists on there are linked to The Distractions. Friend of the band, Mr Antony H Wilson, and Factory colleagues adorn disc 2. Meanwhile sleeve notes come from that big Distractions fan, Mick Middles, and Mark Radcliffe who also speaks well of the band on the radio.

Keep an eye on the release on Facebook, at Cherry Red, and buy from the usual physical and online outlets. Around £40 for 146 tracks on 7 discs seems decent value. Maybe It's Love will also be making several appearances on 'Age+Geography', the slightly-delayed but worth-the-wait Distractions bookset, on HiddenMasters. In fact, HM have just announced ordering for their latest release, Chris Wood's 'Moon Child Vulcan', at Pledge Music, which means 'Age+Geography' is next! Of course, you can hear Maybe It's Love for yourself at one of the many Distractions Live gigs...


Released 28 July 2017.

From Buzzcocks to Britpop, Manchester North Of England is the ultimate tribute to the independent output of that most important and iconic of musical cities, with 146 tracks across seven CDs in a deluxe box set.

Compiled by the team behind other Cherry Red box sets (Scared To Get Happy, Still In A Dream, Millions Like Us, Action Time Vision, etc.), this tells the story of how indie music exploded in Manchester after the rush of Punk and the seminal release of the Buzzcocks’ Spiral Scratch EP.

From Buzzcocks to Britpop, Manchester North Of England is the ultimate tribute to the independent output of that most important and iconic of musical cities, with 146 tracks across seven CDs in a deluxe box set.

Compiled by the team behind other Cherry Red box sets (Scared To Get Happy, Still In A Dream, Millions Like Us, Action Time Vision, etc.), this tells the story of how indie music exploded in Manchester after the rush of Punk and the seminal release of the Buzzcocks’ Spiral Scratch EP.

With exhaustive sleeve-notes by the city’s leading music journalist of the era, Mick Middles, and a foreword by Mark Radcliffe, Manchester North Of England includes many of the key bands from the late 70s to the early 90s – Joy Division, The Fall, New Order, James, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, Morrissey, John Cooper Clarke, 808 State, A Certain Ratio, Durutti Column, The Charlatans and last but not least, Oasis.

Although the scene was dominated by blokes with guitars, which is reflected here, Manchester North Of England also doffs its cap to reggae, soul, singer-songwriters, hip-hop, avant garde, techno/industrial and dance music.

Inspired by Bop Cassettes’ 1988 compilation (name + cover image), the box set is being presented in conjunction with MDMA (Manchester District Music Archive).

Many of the tracks appear on CD for the first time, from the Punk explosion through Factory Records, post-punk, the jangly C86 period, Madchester, Indie-Dance and the early 90s transition into what would become Britpop.


TRACK LIST - CD ONE:

1. BREAKDOWN (Demo) – Buzzcocks
2. CRANKED UP REALLY HIGH – Slaughter And The Dogs
3. AIN’T BIN TO NO MUSIC SCHOOL – The Nosebleeds
4. JUST WANT TO BE MYSELF (LP Version) – The Drones
5. PSYCLE SLUTS Pts. 1 & 2 – John Cooper Clarke
6. GOING STEADY – Jilted John
7. LOUIE LOUIE (Edit) – John The Postman
8. HEADS DOWN NO NONSENSE MINDLESS BOOGIE – Albertos Y Lost Trios Paranoias
9. THE LIGHT POURS OUT OF ME – Magazine
10. THE KILL – Spherical Objects
11. UP AND ABOUT – Steve Miro
12. MAN IN THE BOX – V2
13. MAYBE IT’S LOVE – The Distractions
14. STAY AWAKE – Grow-Up
15. VOICE IN THE DARK – Frantic Elevators
16. SHE’S LOST CONTROL – Joy Division
17. BAISER – Chris Sievey
18. TO YOU – The Smirks
19. MANCHESTER BOYS – Salford Jets
20. SNAP IT AROUND – 48 Chairs
21. DOWNPOUR – Foreign Press
22. WARREN ROW – She Cracked
23. ENGLISH BLACK BOYS (Edit) – X-O-Dus
24. DEM A SUS (IN THE MOSS) – Harlem Spirit


See the rest of the tracklists at Cherry Red...