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Sunday 4 June 2023

Vitus Dance - John Peel Session (25-09-1979)

01. Down At The Park 
02. Inter City Living
03. I'm In Control (I Think)
04. Disgusting
05. Problem Parade

Broadcast - 04/10/1979
Studio - Maida Vale Studio 4
Producer - John Sparrow
Engineer - Mike Robinson

Vitus Dance started off as "The Gods" & were a Mod Punk/Power Pop band from Bristol. 
They never released a record in their day but one song from this session [Down At The Park] was released on the Bristol Calling double CD in 2005.

The Band were
Kevin, Mark, Kearin, Malcolm

Kevin Mcfadden (Lead Guitar, Voc)
Mark Byrne AKA Sooty (Lead Guitar, Voc)
Malcolm Young (Bass, Voc)
Kearin Wright (Drums)
They were signed to the same management company as XTC & recorded an excellent session for John Peel. 

Kevin McFadden & Kearin Wright later formed Misdemeanor 
whilst Malcolm Young & Mark Bryne became Voice of Nature 

Useless Info - Mark Byrne AKA Sooty became Vice Squad’s manager, and occasional guitarist

Below; Founder member Mark Byrne shares his memories.

We formed in February 1979. I had returned to Bristol after a short spell living in London, trying to join or start up a new wave band. I got back in touch with drummer Kearin Wright and guitarist Kevin McFadden as the three of us had played in bands together on and off since school days. Bass player Malcolm Young had posted an advert in the NME looking for a band to join, so we asked him to audition and on hearing him play, knew that the foursome was complete.

After a few months spent song writing and rehearsing we felt tight as a band and ready to rock. A weekly residency was blagged at local hotspot The Crown Cellar Bar which we were soon packing out.
Meanwhile I’d grabbed the attention of Swindon band XTC’s management team, which led to them taking us on and getting us gigs at the Bristol Locarno concert venue as second on the bill to LA punk stars The Dickies [22/05/79] and soon after, UK power pop band The Records.

Studio time was booked at Sound Conception in Bristol with more local gigs played, including the well renowned Granary Club [11-08-79]. DJ John Peel got to know about us and after hearing our studio demos, a recording session was booked for September 25th at BBC’s Maida Vale complex, which was broadcast nine days later.

Tour dates soon followed:

October 1979
09 Reading Target Club
11 Weston Super Mare Sloopy’s Club
18 Weston Super Mare Sloopy’s Club
21 London Marquee Club (support act to Toyah Wilcox)
23 London Nashville (support act to Classix Nouveau)
24 London Music Machine (support act to Sore Throat)
27 Bristol Crown Cellar Bar
November 1979
01 London Fulham Greyhound
03 Birmingham Underworld (support act to UB40)
06 London Hope and Anchor
07 Bristol Stonehouse
13 Bristol Stonehouse
15 London Nashville (support act to The Screams)
21 Bristol Granary Club (support act to Generation X)
28 Twickenham West London College (support act to The Members)
January 1980
11 Exmouth Pavilion

After the tour, we decided to take some time out to write more songs. 1979 had been a great year and we felt that we’d achieved a lot in a short period of time. 
The gigs had been so full of energy and excitement. Generation X were awesome to watch and hang out with. The UB40 gig was promoted as a Punky Reggae Party and it truly was. The John Peel session was ace! All the recordings were done in one or two takes. We were booked in for a whole day at Maida Vale but were finished in a few hours and left the Sound Engineer to it. The band Madness, who like us were just starting out, happened to be in the next studio along the corridor and we enjoyed chatting together over cups of tea in the canteen.

As a bunch of guys, with our crew, we clowned around a lot and had wild times and fun. As far as I know there are only three surviving photographs of the band and they’re here in this archive. We travelled to Birmingham to do the shoot and after getting bored with the ‘all stand in a line’ format, started to mess around as usual, which then led to the chaotic photo being taken that typified us. Standing left to right in the more standard photograph is Kevin, Mark, Kearin and Malcolm.

It turned out that Vitus Dance never did get back together after our break. Kevin and I had both shared the lead vocal roles yet there was a vibe emerging that a single frontman would better suit the line-up. Also, I was of the opinion that we were too late on the scene. Chrysalis, Virgin, CBS and Island records had passed on us and the Synth Pop bands as well as the New Romantics were just about to take off big time. As I write this, I’m thinking back to a time forty years ago and to be honest I can’t really remember why? We were young and moved on without too much deep thought.

Kevin and Kearin formed Misdemeanour and later on Malcolm and I became Voice of Nature.


  1. Hmm - I've changed the file name. Have another go!!

  2. looks like this is going to be an info only post as mediafire has restristed the file due to a copyright claim - shame as hearing JP around the tracks gave more info.
    If you want to hear some of the tracks go here https://music.apple.com/us/album/down-at-the-park-ep/1552514743