11 Sep 2004
A Factory connection 
The Nightingales (formerly the Prefects) are playing the Star and Garter In Manchester on Tuesday 5 October 2004. Support comes from Dead Jim and there will be a Factory/Indie disco.

As the Prefects the band played with Joy Division on the Last Night Of The Electric Circus, later a 10" album on Virgin. Joy Division (Warsaw), John Cooper-Clarke and The Fall amongst others were included on the album but inexplicably the Prefects were left off the final cut.

Lyricist and vocalist Rob Lloyd had previously been asked at an earlier Prefects gig in Manchester if he fancied being the vocalist in a new band 'Warsaw'. If he had taken up the offer then history may have been rather different!

The Nightingales appeared from the ashes of The Prefects, who in retrospect were well ahead of their time. The 'Gales had a hatful of hits in the eighties and played countless Peel sessions.

Two new singles are currently out and the band have lost nothing of their edge; Lloyd once being described as an English Captain Beefheart.

The Nightingales are playing Alan McGhees Death Disco night in December-and both Prefects and Nightingales reissue material will appear in the next couple of months.

For further info contact (07947) 389116. Thanks to John K.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

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