Blurt. The South-West based band from the early 80s. I saw Blurt play several times in the early 80s. I used to live on City Road, St. Paul’s, Bristol, a tiny grotty, damp one bedroomed basement hovel . The good thing with it was that it was almost opposite the Dockland Settlement, which was then hosting a rag-tag of art and community projects, and at least 2 or 3 nights a week a local band used to play in the basement. So up the steps, across the road, down the stairs and there I was at whatever the local music scene had to offer.
I’m not sure how many times I saw Blurt there, possibly twice, memories are a bit hazy due to the consumption of various mind-altering substances. I’m sure it was twice, once on their own and another time as part of an evening of local acts which included the very wonderful ‘Shoes For Industry’.
Blurt had this mesmeric rhythm section and the blurt of sax and ranting poetry of Ted Milton, just a three piece, Drums, guitar and Mr. Milton. They are fond memories even if they are hazy, perhaps the haze helps to embellish them.
So here’s Blurt from 1982. The Fish Needs A Bike