Originally broadcast in April 1985 on the South East London pirate radio station, Skyline Radio, host Nick Miller talks to Colin Swan, Geno Buckmaster and Brian Grover about fostering talent on their imprint Direct Records, the mood of London audiences and the interest surrounding their forthcoming tour of Germany and Italy.
The second interview dates from July 1985 and features both Colin and Geno discussing exploits from their most recent tour ("I lost a shoe in Hamburg"), humorous reflections on Live Aid not to mention their thoughts of some new record releases. Both clips are fascinating portrait of the band both before and after their career-defining tour of the continent.
The Direct Hits - The Skyline Radio Interviews (1985)
The Direct Hits - Radio Press (1985)
The discovery of these interviews comes with The Direct Hits unearthing artefacts including previously unseen photographs, gig posters, tickets for the Christmas release of a new book called "My Back Pages". You can keep up to date with this and other upcoming developments on both the band's official page and their Facebook page.
As an added incentive, check out these nifty badges dating from 1987 which recently featured! I want each and every last one of them.
EDIT: Be careful what you wish for! These fair badges just arrived in my mailbox! AMAZING!
And just in case you missed it the first time round, this is the C&CM Conversation with Colin Swan.