All Days Fade
The Cure of Kirkcaldy (not the cure for Kirkcaldy)
All Days fade was Cameron Campbell's and Clark Thompson's first gigging band. Cameron and Clark had the distinction of being in the only one of the Kirkcaldy Bands of this era to get signed to a major label - more on that later. Cameron, Clark, Ian Cargill and Mark Deas had all known each other at Viewforth High School. Cameron, Ian and Mark had formed the first line up of (what would become) the Crucified Brains. When Cameron and Ian left that line up of the Crucified Brains, Cameron, Ian and I formed a band that practiced and practiced all through the first half of 1985. This band never saw the light of day, due to the fact that we never had a drummer. I remember we put an advert in (somewhere - can't remember where) for a drummer, it's text listed all our influences and finished with the statement "must be a strange lad......", a private joke at the time - clearly easily misinterpreted! We never did find a drummer and I can't remember even trying anyone out - probably a good thing in retrospect! We had loads of trouble finding material that we could all play ands agree to play, so we tended to play interminable Hawkwind cover versions. We even struggled over a name, and decided on the Cassette Tape Trees, after seeing loads of tape that had been blown into some trees near Cameron's house one day.
In early '85, for us, actually being in a gigging band seemed a distant dream. The only half decent tape I have of this band was recorded at Balwearie High School, when we were using one of the classrooms as rehearsal space on a weekend. Mark Deas was sitting in on drums and Steve Simpson sang some vocals. I remember my mate from School, Steve Ellis, was there that day too and he took some pics that I have never seen, it'd be great to know if they still exist. The decent tape of the band was made at Balwearie in May of '85 and I can only remember the band practicing once or twice again after that. It seemed like we would never get a regular drummer, and there was so much difference between the sort of material that Cameron wanted to do and the material that Ian and I wanted to do, that the band rehearsals were getting frustrating and difficult. However, typical of Scottish adolescents, we were reluctant to actually state the obvious, that we should split up and go our own ways - so we just kind of stopped rehearsing in the autumn of '85 and never started again! Ian and I formed the Surgical Wars with Steve Simpson in December of '85 and I think Cameron started rehearsing with Clark Thompson on bass in early 1986. (Derek?) Swanson (Swanny) joined on drums sometime in 1986, I think Cameron placed an advert somewhere and he replied to it. Swanny had played in a pipe band, you can hear that from his style I think. Hearing All Days Fade again today for the first time in years, I think they sound like a cross between The Cure and The Television Personalities! Cameron is pretty Cure influenced here, I think the name came from "All Cats are Gray", I think his vocal style sounds like Dan Tracey of the Television Personalities.
List of gigs:
1. 11th October 1986 – St. Clair Tavern, Kirkcaldy with The Surgical Wars.
2. 6th December 1986 – St. Clair Tavern, Kirkcaldy.
3. 10th April 1987 – St. Clair Tavern, Kirkcaldy with The Faith Screamers.
4. 14th August 1987 – Abbotshall Hotel, Kirkcaldy with The Twist & The Receiving End.
5. 12th November 1987 – Abbotshall Hotel, Kirkcaldy with The Receiving End.
6. 20th November 1987 – Boar’s Head, Auchtermuchty with The Twist
7. 5th February 1988 – Abbotshall Hotel, Kirkcaldy with Who Cares!? & Silent Falls.
8. 1st April 1988 – Abbotshall Hotel, Kirkcaldy with The Twist.
9. 2nd September 1988 – Panthers, Kirkcaldy.
In the late '80's, All Days Fade seemed to be playing all the time, the band worked very hard. I feel like I must have been at their headliner gig at the Skittle in December '86, but can't remember that clearly. They got press attention when they split! They played their last gig in September 1988, almost two years after their first. Swanny had bowed out already, Colin Livingston of the Twist, who also played drums for Who Cares? and, at the beginning, Darlingheart, sat in on drums. Then Cameron and Clark then added a new singer and a different drummer, called themselves "The Amused" and gigged around a bit, before changing singer and drummer again and morphing into Darlingheart, then, a contract with Phonogram, support slots on a national tour with Blur, a feature on STV, national press attention. The rest was, briefly, history.
All Days Fade played their first gig on the same evening as the Surgical Wars played their last. Cameron was always pretty reluctant to consider gigging with the Cassette Tape Trees - I think Mark Deas must have said that he'd sit in on drums if we wanted to do that, so gigging was a remote possibility - so we were amazed to finally see Cameron up on a stage in October 1986. The MP3's below are all from that gig. Ian has another tape of the band, but I don't have it at the moment, I think it is a bit better that this one. There was a acoustic limiter system put into the St Clair Tavern, where this gig was recorded - after complaints from the neighbours. The power point that was meant for the stage had the acoustic limiter tied to it, and when the volume got over a certain level, the power got cut. Cameron must have plugged the vocal PA into the acoustically limited power point and everything else must have been plugged into an extension chord that lead to another part of the room. This caused Cameron's vocal to disappear periodically, Cameron never seems to work out what is going on. Also, Ian and I are sitting next to the Marantz machine and quite a lot of our dialogue is captured - this makes for a more atmospheric tape. You can also hear Neil McDougal, the Bouncer at the St Clair Tavern shouting for "the stripper" at the end of the show - can't think who that was! I think the Surgical Wars made the only money we ever made in our gigging career that night, I think it was 6 pound each (Paul McCartney eat your heart out!), and we only made that by underpaying the support act - sorry Cameron! We had to pay around 2 pound fifty to get into one of our own gigs too - as I remember we were persuaded to pay to get into the February charities gig at the Tech, even though we were playing, on the grounds that it was for charity, so I make it that our profit was 3 pound fifty, so if we hadn't under paid Cameron we may not have made a profit from our gigging career at all!
All Days Fade St Clair Tavern October 11 1986 - 1
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All Days Fade St Clair Tavern October 11 1986 - 7
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All Days Fade St Clair Tavern October 11 1986 - 9