The Berlin Blondes were a minimalist synth/electronic band who formed in
Glasgow in 1979. The original lineup was Steven Bonomi (vocals), Robert
Farrell (guitar, synth), Jim Spender (Keys, Synth), and David Rudden (bass).
The use of a drum machine contributed to their electro minimalist sound.
The band were signed to EMI in 1980; however, Rudden left the band at this
time and went on to form Endgames. His replacement was Nick Clark from the
Cuban Heels. Shortly after, Spender also left the band to join Altered Images. In
1980, the Berlin Blondes released two singles for EMI, 'Science'/'Mannequin'
and 'Framework'/'Zero Song', and one album, 'Berlin Blondes'. The band then
signed to Scratch Records and released only one single 'Marseille'/The Poet' in
The Berlin Blondes played at the Bungalow Bar in Paisley. Robert Farrell
(guitar, synth) kindly provided what he remembers of this gig.
'Unfortunately I don't remember off-hand the date, set list, other Paisley gigs,
etc. I'm sure we did others in Paisley though.
I remember the gig at the Bungalow Bar well, as it was our last gig before
moving to London. I don't know the exact date but I will probably have some
info lying around in a box in my loft somewhere. If I find any info I will get in
touch.I won't be going near my loft for a while though.
I do know that we had (for one night only unfortunately) two drummers that
night. Kenny Hyslop from Simple Minds playing a Simmons kit and Ali
Mackenzie from Cuban Heels playing a real kit. Pete Capaldi made a cameo
appearance on stage doing a stand-up thing. We covered 'Funtime' and 'Sister
Midnight' by Iggy Pop, the place was jumping and lots of people couldn't get in
which was a shame, but there was a great atmosphere at the gig that night'.
The Berlin Blondes
London Gig Flyer