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Band News: Time for some Manufactured Romance


Manufactured Romance have reformed to play Blackpool Rebellion Festival next year.

In the post punk fallout of 1978, four spikey haired teenagers under the influence of the kilted kapitan Roy 'Sir, Yes Sir' Pierson, come together as 4th Reich and make their debut at The Marquee in January 1979. Within weeks they rename themselves Lost Property, support the UK Subs on their Stranglehold tour, appear in the film 'Punk Can Take It' and record with Subs guitarist Nick Garrett.

In 1980 they become a five piece with Canadian Bob Moore on lead guitar, develop a more mainstream sound and change their name to Manufactured Romance. Playing to full houses everywhere they sign for Fresh Records, release a single 'Time of My Life' which breaks into the independent charts and then record two songs, 'You' and 'Long Distance Love' for the compilation album Backstage Pass before headlining the Fresh Festival at The Music Machine.

1981 and the relationship with Fresh goes stale and the band move on to work with Doll by Doll and record with producer Tom Newman in his mobile studio. In 1982, Bob and Benny split from the band who recruit Paul Cokayne on drums and stay as a four piece under the name Foreign Flags.


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