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Armoury Show/Eyeless In Gaza/Virginia Astley: The Venue, London

Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 20 August 1983

RICHARD JOBSON had expected a handful to turn up tonight and thus was pleasantly surprised by a near – capacity crowd who were so indulgent, so eager to be pleased, that you might imagine this was 1973 not '83. Such was the enthusiastic reception accorded to the uninspired, self-indulgent musos who comprised tonight's two main acts that I'm driven to conclude that punk's sole lasting achievement was to reintroduce short hair and straight-legged trousers as standard items of male chic.

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