Mixed music bag – week 13

This is part four of the month of May. In which a group or solo artist has the letter M in their name.

Modern Eon were a British post-punk/new wave band, formed in Liverpool in 1978. They released one album, Fiction Tales, on the UK label Dindisc in 1981. They should have been more successful in my opinion.

The band, originally called Luglo Slugs, were founded by guitarist/vocalist Alix Plain (real name Alex Johnson) and bassist Danny Hampson, later joined by drummer Dave Hardbattle. The Luglo Slugs lineup recorded “Benched Down/70s Sixties” at Open Eye Studios in Liverpool. Soon after the recording, Hardbattle left. Guitarist Ged Allen and drummer Joey McKechnie joined, and the band eventually decided on the name Modern Eon. The Open Eye recording was released under the name Modern Eon in late 1978 on the compilation album Street to Street: A Liverpool Album.

After one self-released EP, Pieces, released on Eon Records in 1979, they recorded the single “Euthenics” for Inevitable Records in 1980. Allen and McKechnie left the band in 1980, prior to the recording of their debut album, and were replaced by Bob Wakelin (strings, vocals, percussion) and Tim Lever (guitar, saxophone), with Cliff Hewitt (drums) joining shortly thereafter.

In early 1981, a re-recorded version of “Euthenics” was released as a single on Dindisc followed by two more singles, “Child’s Play” and “Mechanic”. Fiction Tales was released in mid 1981 to lukewarm reviews, citing disappointment at six of the twelve songs on the album already being released as singles or B sides. Later reviews were more positive.  After a tour was arranged that year, drummer Hewitt critically injured his wrist, forcing them to go on tour using Hewitt’s drum playing on a tape machine. Modern Eon dissolved by the end of 1981 while working on demos for a second album.

The demos appeared on a recent re-release of Fiction Tales along with other bonus tracks and remixes. I snapped that double cd up straight away. I already had a copy of the original album on vinyl.


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