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Big Flame (often rendered bIG fLAME) were a post punk/Indie rock three piece band, based in Manchester, England and active from 1983 to 1986. The members were Alan Brown (bass, vocals), Greg Keeffe (guitar) and Dil Green (drums). After a debut single (Sink) on their own Laughing Gun label, they joined the Ron Johnson roster for a series of mid-eighties singles as well as an appearance on the NME's C86 compilation. On the reverse of the "Two Kan Guru" compilation, it was jokingly stated that Green and Brown played in the original line-up of Wham! with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley; incredibly, this was accepted as fact by many people. They also did a cover of Wham's Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, as part of Peel's session in 1986, under the title of Testament To The Slow Death Of Youth Culture (Wake Me Up When It's Over). After the band split, Brown joined Ron Johnson label-mates A Witness (with whom Big Flame had previously toured) as a drummer before forming The Great Leap Forward and O'Keeffe joined Meatmouth.

Links to Peel

In addition to releasing 5 singles and a compilation EP, Big Flame also recorded four sessions for the John Peel Show.

Two of their songs, All The Irish Must Go To Heaven (reached number 58 in the 1985 Festive Fifty) and Man Of Few Syllables (reached number 62 in the 1985 Festive Fifty) nearly made the 1985 Festive Fifty, comprising the top 50 tracks of the year voted by listeners and broadcast on Peel's show.

On his 29 October 1985 show, Peel described the band as 'one of the two or three very best bands of Planet Earth', and also on his 17 July 1987 (BFBS) show, he called them 'the best dance band since Glenn Miller & His Orchestra.'

Festive Fifty

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Big Flame - All The Irish Must Go To Heaven

  • No entries in the annual top 50 selected by Peel listeners.
  • In the extended 1985 Festive Fifty, which covered the top 70 songs, the band placed #58 with “All The Irish (Must Go To Heaven)”, on Ron Johnson Records and #62 with "Man Of Few Syllables", on Laughing Gun.[1]

Sessions

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BIG FLAME John Peel 10th July 1984

1. Recorded: 1984-07-10. Broadcast: 16 July 1984, 18 December 1986 (Andy Kershaw)

  • Debra / Man Of Few Syllables / Sargasso

2. Recorded: 1985-02-17. Broadcast: 25 February 1985

  • All The Irish Must Go To Heaven / The New Way / Chanel Samba / These Boots Are Made For Walking

3. Recorded: 1985-11-17. Broadcast: 27 November 1985. Repeated: 01 January 1986, 18 February 1986

  • Earsore / Let's Re-Write The American Constitution / Cat With Cholic / Every Conversation

4. Recorded: 1986-05-04. Broadcast: 12 May 1986. Repeated: 30 December 1986, 08 June 1987

  • Sink (Get Out Of The Ghetto Blues, Part 1) / XPQWRTZ (Pronounced Tshh!) / Three On Baffled Island / Testament To The Slow Death Of Youth Culture (Wake Me Up When It's Over)

Other Shows Played

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Big Flame - Sink (Official Video)

1984
  • 02 May 1984 (BFBS): Sink (single) Laughing Gun
  • 08 May 1984: Sometimes (7" - Sink) Laughing Gun PLAQUE 001
  • 16 May 1984 (BFBS): Illness (7" - Sink) Laughing Gun PLAQUE 001
  • 17 May 1984: Illness (7" - Sink) Laughing Gun PLAQUE 001
1985
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Big Flame - Why Popstars Can't Dance

1986
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Big Flame - On Baffled Island (The Hard Rock Movement)

1987
  • 08 January 1987 (Andy Kershaw): Baffled Island (The Hard Rock Movement) (7" - Cubist Pop Manifesto) Ron Johnson
  • 12 January 1987: Baffled Island (The Hard Rock Movement) (7" - Cubist Pop Manifesto) Ron Johnson
  • 13 January 1987: Let's Rewrite The American Constitution (12" - Cubist Pop Manifesto) Constrictor
  • 14 January 1987: Cat With Cholic (7" - Cubist Pop Manifesto) Ron Johnson
  • 19 January 1987: XPQWRTZ (12" - Cubist Pop Manifesto) Constrictor
  • 23 January 1987 (BFBS): 'Baffled Island (The Hardrock Movement) (LP-Cubist Pop Manifesto)' (Constrictor / Ron Johnson)
  • 27 January 1987: Baffled Island (The Hard Rock Movement) (7" - Cubist Pop Manifesto) Ron Johnson
  • 30 January 1987 (BFBS): 'XPQWRTZ (LP-Cubist Pop Manifesto)' (Constrictor / Ron Johnson)
  • 03 February 1987: Let's Rewrite The American Constitution (12" - Cubist Pop Manifesto) Constrictor
  • 04 February 1987 (Radio Bremen): Ear Sore (12" - Cubist Pop Manifesto) Constrictor
  • 06 February 1987 (BFBS): 'Let's Re-Write The American Constitution (LP-Cubist Pop Manifesto)' (Constrictor / Ron Johnson)
  • 15 February 1987 (BFBS): 'Let's Re-Write The American Constitution (LP-Cubist Pop Manifesto)' (Constrictor / Ron Johnson)
  • 17 July 1987 (BFBS): 'Sargasso (Compilation LP-10 Years After The Goldrush (The Constrictor-Compilation))' (Constrictor)
  • 02 November 1987: Man Of Few Syllables
1989
1990
  • 20 October 1990: Why Popstars Can't Dance (7") Ron Johnson
  • 09 November 1990 (BFBS): Why Popstars Can't Dance (7") Ron Johnson
  • 23 November 1990 (BFBS): All The Irish (Must Go To Heaven) (7" - Tough!) Ron Johnson
1991
1995
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03 -- ZRON3 -- Big Flame - A1.Debra

1999
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17 -- EXRON16 -- Big Flame - A3.Cat With Cholic

2000
2003

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