Day 30: ‘Will to Power’ by SPK
Here’s another band I was fortunate enough to see live. In fact, this was one of the first gigs I went to in London: Camden Palace, some time during the autumn of 1984. It seems an appropriate way to round off the first month of this project.
SPK were an Australian Industrial band formed in 1978, became more and more recognised over time, and even had a bit of UK chart action with ‘Metal Dance’ (to which this was the B-side). In terms of musical primitivism, shock value and confrontational attitudes, they were the heirs apparent to Throbbing Gristle. Graeme Revell is now a very respected composer of film soundtracks, believe it or not.
The night I saw them, they didn’t go on stage until midnight. They played a fairly lacklustre set with synths doing most of the heavy lifting, but I was up front with a good view of their beautiful singer Sinan Leong, so I wasn’t too bothered.
At the end, they did ‘Will to Power’, complete with angle-grinders showering sparks into the audience. I beat a hasty retreat to just within flash range and took a few more photos. Meanwhile, Graeme slashed his arm on a piece of broken glass (an audience member threw a pint glass onto the stage) and smeared his own blood on his face.
I couldn’t find their live appearance on The Tube, but this is from the same period. The sound isn’t great, but you get the general idea.