The Armoury Show
|The Armoury Show|
|Genres||New wave, post-punk|
|Associated acts||The Skids, Magazine, Slik, The Zones, Public Image Ltd., Siouxsie and the Banshees|
The Armoury Show were a British new wave band, formed in 1983 and consisting of Richard Jobson on vocals, Russell Webb on bass guitar, John McGeoch on guitar and John Doyle on drums. Each member had previously been in critically acclaimed and commercially successful bands; Jobson and Webb were in The Skids, whilst McGeoch and Doyle had been in Magazine.
The Skids had dissolved in 1981 and Magazine in 1982, following the release of their final, and commercially unsuccessful, albums (Joy and Magic, Murder and the Weather, respectively). John McGeoch had actually left Magazine in 1980, before the recording of their last album, joining Siouxsie and the Banshees. He also replaced Stuart Adamson for a Peel session recorded by The Skids in 1981.
According to Russell Webb, in the sleeve notes of the 2013 re-issue of their album Waiting for the Floods, the intention was not to be a band, but a collective of musicians getting together to write songs and make music in the studio. But, McGeoch persuaded his compatriots to take their songs on the road and, following a press showcase at The Venue in London, the band signed to Parlophone and EMI America.
Their debut single, "Castles in Spain", was released in 1984, followed later that year by "We Can Be Brave Again". Given the green light to record an album, the band spent four weeks at Manor Studios in rural Oxfordshire, with producer Nick Launay at the controls. The resultant album, Waiting for the Floods, and accompanying singles "The Glory of Love" and a re-release of "Castles in Spain" came out in 1985.
But, Richard Jobson was a man in demand and he spent less and less time with the band. In 1986, following the tour to promote the album, both McGeoch and Doyle left the band, with the former joining Public Image Ltd. and the latter working with former Buzzcocks lead singer/guitarist Pete Shelley.
When Jobson returned from China, where he had been working as model, he reunited with Webb, calling on Dave Lockwood (guitar) and Ray Weston (drums) to record tracks for their next album. The singles "Love in Anger" and "New York City" marked a change in musical direction for the band, with the latter even sporting a dance mix. But all was not well and, in 1988, it was announced that the band had split up, with what would have been their second album Monkey Cry promoted as Richard Jobson's solo debut Badman. After a brief solo career Jobson became a successful television presenter and film director. Webb pursued a solo career (according to the band's unofficial fansite) before joining McGeoch in Public Image Ltd in 1992, making his live debut at the Reading Festival. In 2013, Webb was working in education.
- Richard Jobson ("The Captain" during the early days in 1983) – vocals, guitar
- John McGeoch ("The Legend" during 1983) – guitar, vocals
- Russell Webb ("Universe" during 1983) – bass guitar, vocals
- John Doyle ("Doylie" during 1983) – drums
- Ray McVeigh (ex-The Professionals) – guitar (replaced John McGeoch for a while in 1986)
- Dave Lockwood – guitar (replaced Ray McVeigh)
- Ray Weston – drums (replaced John Doyle)
|1984||Single||Parlophone 7R6079||"Castles in Spain" / "Innocents Abroad"|
|1984||12"||Parlophone 12R6079||"Castles in Spain" (Wubb Dug Mix) / "Innocents Abroad" / "Is It a Wonder"|
|1985||Single||Parlophone 7R6087||"We Can Be Brave Again" (Extended Version) / "A Feeling" / "Catherine"|
|1985||Album||LP ARM 1 / EMI 17163 / EMI 2403591||Waiting for the Floods|
|1985||Cassette||MC TC-ARM 1||Waiting for the Floods|
|1985||Single||Parlophone 7R6098||"Glory of Love" / "Higher Than the Instrumental"|
|1985||12"||Parlophone 12R6098||"Glory of Love" (Universal Mix) / "Glory of Love" / "Higher Than the Instrumental"|
|1987||Single||Parlophone 7R6149||"Love in Anger" / "Tender Is the Night"|
|1987||12"||Parlophone 12R6149||"Love in Anger" / "Uptown Downtown" / "Tender Is the Night"|
|1987||Single||Parlophone 7R6153||"New York City" / "Whirlwind"|
|1987||12"||Parlophone 12R6153||"New York City" (John Robie Remix) / "New York City (N.Y. Agogo)" / "Whirlwind"|
|1987||12"||Parlophone 12RX6153||"New York City" (John Robie Dance Remix) / "New York City (NY Agogo)" / "Whirlwind"|
|2001||Album||Track Records TRK1008CD||Waiting for the Floods reissue|
|2013||Album||Cherry Red Records CDBRED564||Waiting for the Floods Two-disc extended reissue|