Monday, November 26, 2007

Tom Verlaine

Tom Verlaine (born Thomas Miller, 13 December 1949, in Morristown, New Jersey) is a singer, songwriter and guitarist, best-known as the front man for the New York rock band, Television. (

Saturday, 22 September 1984, "Grote Box", 00:00 - 01:00
Swapped timeslot with Anti Group

Line up
Tom Verlaine - vocals, guitar;

Set list
01 Rotation

02 5 Miles of you
03 Penetration
04 Dissolve/reveal
05 Kingdome come
06 Swim
07 Clear it away
08 Miss Emily
09 Marquee moon

A complete audience recording exists. Tracks 04 - 09 were broadcast on radio, as well as an interview. I have a lossless (flac) radio recording of tracks 04 - 08 (total time 27'10") and the complete audience recording (total time 65'04").

Bootleg cassette cover

Bootleg cassette (

Other info

Article from festival booklet

Verlaine on stage at Pandora's 84 (unknown source,

Billy Bragg

Stephen William Bragg (born December 20, 1957), known as Billy Bragg, is an English musician renowned for his blend of folk, punk-rock, and protest music, and his lyrics dealing with political as well as romantic themes. (

Friday, 21 September 1984, "Mini Box", 22:15 - 22:45

Line up
Billy Bragg - vocals, guitar

Set list
01 Like soldiers do (3:35)
02 The man in the iron mask (2:48)
03 The Saturday boy (5:34)
04 The milkman of human kindness (3:25)
05 Bad summer (1:33)
06 A new England (3:07)
07 Island of no return (3:59)

Also performed:

00 Richard (3:13 - performed some time before The milkman of human kindness - judging from other BB shows around this time, it's likely to have been straight after The man in the iron mask)

Two recordings are reported. The first (shortest) one is Richard plus tracks 04, 06 and 07, total time 12'58". It's released as the bootleg Pandora's Box 1984, which is most likely a CDR and not a silver disc. (

The second (longer) recording of tracks 01 - 07 is more common, but misses Richard, total time 22'35".

I have both sets as lossless (flac) recordings taken from radio broadcasts. Combined they run close to the 30 minutes alloted to Bragg, although it's hard to believe he came out to play only 8 songs...

Catch the stream for the longer one here:

Other info

Article from festival booklet

Billy Bragg on stage at Pandora's 84. Unmistakable, even without his head pictured... (Oor magazine 1984/20)


Lyres (sometimes miscredited as The Lyres) are a Boston-area alternative rock musical group led by Jeff "Monoman" Conolly. Lyres were founded in 1979 following the breakup of DMZ. Their most popular songs included "What A Girl Can't Do" and "Help You Ann". The original lineup of the band featured Rick Coraccio (bass), Ricky Carmel (guitar), and Paul Murphy (drums). (

Friday, 21 September 1984, "Garage Box", 00:30 - 01:15

Line up
Jeff Connolly – vocals, organ; Dan McCormack – guitar; Rick Coraccio – bass; Paul Murphy – drums

Set list
01 Unknown track
02 Stacey
03 Stop, take a look at me
04 Help you Ann
05 Soapy
06 Nobody but me

I have a lossless (flac) recording of the above 6 tracks, taken from a radio broadcast, about 23 minutes in total.

The Orson Family

Short-lived gothic rock band featuring sibling vocalists Vernon, Ruby and John Orson, who also played guitars and were backed by Vincent (bass) and David O. (drums).
(...) The Orson Family wasn't really a family. They were formed around 1982 in England. Vernon and Ruby lived together (they were engaged but never married). Brewster and David O. are actually the same person. They soon added a trumpet player called Kevin but nicknamed Elmer. They quoted Hank Williams, Link Wray, Bunker Hill, Vincent, Cochran, Lou Reed, The Jam as influences.
They records a self released 3 track EP, a six track mini LP The River of Desire, the 12" No-one Waits Forever, a live LP Bugles, Guitars & Amphetamine and another single The Sweetest Embrace but with another singer as Skully left/was fired soon before. (

Friday, 21 September 1984, "Garage Box", 23:15 - 00:00

Line up
Probably: Skully - vocals; Vernon - guitar; Ruby - guitar; Brewster - drums. Possibly with Kevin (aka Elmer) - trumpet

Set list
00 No-one waits forever


Friday, November 16, 2007

Rose of Avalanche

Formed in Leeds, early 1985, the original line up was a group of school mates, raw and wanting to take over the world with one chord songs. The name was a representation of the power and beauty of the songs. At this stage there was no drummer, just a beat box. From an early stage The Rose of Avalanche picked up a Goth tag from the UK's music press. It was some way off the mark, but it's understandable:
The Rose came from Leeds in the mid 1980's (along with the Sisters of Mercy, Mission, March Violets, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Salvation, and the Skeletal Family in near by Bradford). They started off with the standard Goth drum machine backing, and their first two singles have swirly art work covers. (

Friday, 11 October 1985, "Mini Box", 21:45 - 22:25

Line up
Phil Morris – vocals; Paul James Berry – guitar; Glenn Schultz – guitar; Alan Davis – bass; drum machine (Mark Thompson joined the band on drums shortly after this gig

Set list

No recording is known to exist according to the Rose of Avalanche site.

Other info

Article from festival booklet


The Sheffield based band Hula was founded in November 1980. Three members (Mark Albrow, Alan Fish and Ron Wright) lived with Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) and Paul Widger (They must be Russians, Clock DVA, the Box) in a villa called Hula Kula. After trying the bass players Alan Watt, the notorious Chris Brain (Tense, NOS) and Mark Brydon (Chakk, Moloko), and after the replacement of Alan Fish (a.k.a. Fisch) by Nort (both drummed for the Cabs), Hula released Fever Car, which became an indie hit. Then they recorded the impressive album Murmur. Ingredients like cut ups, steady rhythms, and paranoia vocals were blended together into a unique white funky sound.
Hula recruited John Avery as a bass player. A bass player was necessary for the exciting live shows with lots of video material (Peter Care). Hula continued to bring out danceable 12 inches and more experimental albums. With this line-up Hula was more or less successful. International tours were made. Radio sessions for VPRO and John Peel were recorded and broadcasted. (

Saturday, 12 October 1985, "Small Hall", 21:00 - 22:00

Line up
Ron Wright - guitar, vocals; Mark Albrow - keyboards, tapes; Simon Crump - saxophone; John Avery - bass, keyboards, percussion; Nort - drums, percussion

Set list
01 Get the habit

02 Torn silk (6:02)
03 Marnixstraat
04 Big heat
05 Ninth degree
06 Bad blood
07 Freeze out
08 Ghost rattle
09 Stocky
10 Walk on stalks of shattered glass
11 Cut ups
12 Interlude

13 Tear up

Catch the stream for track 02 here:

Other info

Article from festival booklet

The Legendary Stardust Comboy

The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, born Norman Carl Odam on October 10, 1947 in Lubbock, Texas, is an incoherent rock and roll performer who invented an early example of the genre that came to be known as psychobilly in the 1960s. While often considered a novelty artist, he considers himself a serious performer.
David Bowie has been a fan of the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, who likes to be called "The Ledge", since he heard Paralyzed. Bowie himself has said that the "Stardust" in "Ziggy Stardust" is taken from The Legendary Stardust Cowboy.
In 1985, the Dutch VPRO radio tried to re-popularise the Ledge. (

Friday, 11 October 1985

Line up
Uncertain, but likely: The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - guitar, vocals; Kid Congo Powers - guitar; Murray Mitchell – guitar; Patricia Morrison - bass; Desparate – drums
Recently surfaced video (see below) reveals the backing band to be Claw Boys Claw! However, at the end of the fragment, CBC bassist Bobbie hands her bass to another woman - possibly Patricia Morrison with a giant blonde hairdo/wig?

Set list
01 Indian Wallpaper
02 So mean
03-14 Unknown
The first two tracks are Claw Boys Claw, track 3 is an instrumental during which the Ledge joins them.

I have a complete lossless (flac) audience recording of the show.

The Ledge backed by Claw Boys Claw at Pandora's 85 as uploaded to YouTube by waaghalsrecords.

Other info
The Ledge appeared as surprise act at the festival, backed by Fur Bible. The Claw Boys Claw played a short warm-up set. Unknown if they were Friday or Saturday, but Saturday sounds most likely: Fur Bible played on Saturday and CBC were likely to be there to see their mates (and ex-drummer) in the Fatal Flowers and L’Attentat. They possibly played the “Mini Box” after 23:30 (when Fur Bible finished their “Small Hall” set), or after 02:00.

Also around this time the ex-Gun Club contingent appeared as the backing band to the Legendary Stardust Cowboy (of 'Paralysed' fame) on a tour of England. (

This is not as strange as it may sound. Fur Bible came to life as a vehicle for another legendary 60’s star: Tex Perkins.

So in the meantime while we were thinking about "now what do we do?", this Dutch promoter, Willem Venema had this idea. He was working on bringing over the Legendary Stardust Cowboy – who – we all knew the song "Paralyzed." The song is a big legendary song that we all loved. He asked us, "Would you be the back-up band for this guy?" And I was like, "That 'Paralyzed' guy? Yeah, sure. That sounds great." And it was just a gig to do. I never met him. I didn't know what he might be like or anything. So he shows up – him and his manager. And he is a total kook. That guy is a total kook. Actually a little bit like Jeffrey but totally charming and loveable somehow - and very talented. It's a really untamed crazy talent, but he has his own vision and it has nothing to do with the rest of the world. And certainly I can appreciate that.
So we got a record and we learned the songs and we just ended up doing this crazy tour of Europe and it was totally fun and funny. And Patricia wore a big Dolly Parton blonde wig. It was totally campy and he was just crazy. What a nut! He did some crazy strip at the end where he stripped down to these horrible flesh-colored big underwear. And he just had all his crazy songs about UFOs and love and him "thinkin' about you while I'm sitting in a garbage can." And great songs. It was totally a gig, but I really loved it. It was a real fun thing and it really broke up this whole seriousness about The Gun Club breaking up and this thing with Tex not working out. It was like, "OK, we can be totally ridiculous." It came at the right time. (Kid Congo Powers,

I saw The Legendary Stardust Cowboy somewhere in the mid 80's in a club in Rotterdam, where he was accompanied with members of The Gun Club. An awesome show and nothing like anything else. The image of a (already) middle aged Ledge stripped to nothing but his underpants and (of course) cowboy boots somehow still haunts me :D. (Robert Haagsma,

The Ledge watching Tex & the Horseheads from the side of the stage at Pandora's 85 (Vinyl magazine 1985/11)

Paleis van Boem

Het Paleis van Boem bestaat uit Martin Vonk en Jaap de Weijer. Martin werd op 16 januari 1959 geboren in Rotterdam en volgde de klassieke opleiding slagwerk aan het Rotterdams Conservatorium. Jaap werd geboren op 20 mei 1959 in Wageningen en volgde de opleiding slagwerk lichte muziek aan het Rotterdams Conservatorium. Het duo heeft muziek gecomponeerd voor uiteenlopende media: toneel, dans, film, radio, televisie, maar ook voor commercials, exposities, enz. (

Friday, 11 October 1985, "Small Hall", 21:00 - 21:45

Line up
Martin Vonk – drums, percussion; Jaap de Weijer – drums, percussion

Set list


Other info

Article from festival booklet

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Spear of Destiny

Spear of Destiny is a British rock band, established in 1983 by singer and songwriter Kirk Brandon (born on 3 August 1956, in Westminster, London) and bassist Stan Stammers (born on 19 May 1961). It had an ever-changing line-up through the years. (

Saturday, 3 September 1983, "Grote Zaal", 21:30 - 22:30

Line up
Kirk Brandon – guitar, vocals; Stan Stammers – bass; rest of line-up uncertain.

In early January 1983 Kirk and Stan set out to find new band members, they came in the form of Chris Bell on drums and Lascelles James on sax. (

Arising from the grave of bleak post-punkers Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny was formed in 1983 by Hate singer/guitarist Kirk Brandon and bassist Stan Stammers, also including drummer Chris Bell and saxophonist Lasettes Ames. (...) Following the group's debut, Grapes of Wrath, Bell and Ames both left, mostly due to differences of opinion with Brandon over religious issues. Two former Theatre of Hate members served as their replacements -- saxophonist John Lennard (also formerly of the Diodes) anddrummer Nigel Preston (ex-Sex Gang Children). Unsurprisingly, this lineup quickly self-destructed, just as it had with Theatre of Hate; the band was reconfigured with Brandon, Stammers, additional guitarist Alan St. Clair, drummer Dolphin Taylor (formerly of the Tom Robinson Band and Stiff Little Fingers), and keyboardist/saxophonist Neil Pyzor (formerly of Case). This lineup recorded One Eyed Jacks in 1984, which is generally regarded as their best work. (;_ylt=AuoRmCR9Y4_QpPYocjkmz.YJGbgF;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MjE5YXBsBHNlYwNiaW8-?)

Set list
01 Forbidden planet
02 Everything you ever wanted
03 (Do you believe in the) Westworld
04 Rosy

I have a radio recording of tracks 01 - 04. Get them here:

Other info

Kirk Brandon live at Pandora's 83 (Vinyl magazine 1983/9)

Brandon used to be in Theatre of Hate with Billy Duffy who played Pandora's 83 with Death Cult.

It's possible that Spear of Destiny's line up at Pandora's included Nigel Preston on drums. He would go on to join the (Death) Cult shortly after Pandora's. According to, Preston replaced Death Cult drummer Ray Mondo after the Futurama gig (Sunday, 4 September 1983).

Article from festival booklet

Death Cult

In April 1983, Astbury teamed up with guitarist Billy Duffy and formed the band "Death Cult". Duffy had previously been in The Nosebleeds, Lonesome No More and then Theatre of Hate. In addition to Astbury and Duffy, the band also included Jamie Stewart (bass) and Raymond Taylor Smith (later known as Ray Mondo) (drums), both from the Harrow, London based post-punk band, Ritual. Death Cult made their live debut in Oslo, Norway in late June 1983 and released the Death Cult EP in July 1983, then toured throughout Europe. (

Saturday, 3 September, "Feestzaal", 21:00 - 22:00

Line up
Ian Astbury – vocals; Billy Duffy – guitar; Jamie Stewart – bass; Ray Mondo – drums (According to, Mondo was replaced by Nigel Preston after the Futurama gig)

Set list
01 Ghost dance
02 Too young
03 Brothers Grimm
04 Butterfly
05 The waste of love
06 Christians
07 Gods zoo
08 A flower in the desert
09 The resurrection song
10 Horse nation

A complete audience recording of tracks 01 – 10 exists.

Other info
I seem to remember hearing that there was some confusion about who played. They were announced as “Southern Death Cult” and performing as “Death Cult” or announced as “Death Cult” and performing as “Cult”. I may have the recording somewhere and need to check if Astbury mentions this.

Duffy was previously in Theatre of Hate with Kirk Brandon, who played Pandora's 83 with his new band Spear of Destiny. It's possible that Spear of Destiny's line up at Pandora's included Nigel Preston on drums. He would go on to join Death Cult shortly after the Futurama gig (Sunday, 4 September 1983).

Death Cult also played Pandora's 85 under their new name the Cult, and (maybe) Pandora's 84. I'll get to the disputed 84 performance later on.

Article fr
om festival booklet

Article from Zig Zag magazine (1983/11) about the fall tour through Europe. Describes Pandora's (and it's Belgian counterpart Futurama) quite extensively.

The Armoury Show

The Armoury Show was a band of the 1980s. The band was named after the Armory Show, a famous 1913 modern art exhibition in New York. (
Jobson took some time to join with Russell Webb (ex-Skids), John McGeoch and John Doyle (both ex-Magazine) to form the short-lived Armoury Show, a band whose resemblance to Big Country didn't escape notice. Waiting for the Floods is not a bad album, it's just a shame Jobson had to take such a long way 'round to get back to where he started. (

Saturday, 3 September 1983, "Kleine Zaal", 22:45 - 23:45

Line up
Richard Jobson (The Captain) – vocals & guitar; John McGeoch (The Legend) – guitar & vocals; Russell Webb (Universe) – bass; John Doyle (Doylie) – drums

Set list
01 Jungle of cities
02 Still the land remains
03 Higher than the world
04 Nineteen hours
05 Ring those bells
06 The glory of love

I have a lossless (flac) radio recording of tracks 01 - 06, 26'33". Get mp3's of them here:

Other info
One of the key bands of Pandora's. Jobson and Webb were both in the Skids with Stuart Adamson who played Pandora's 83 with Big Country. McGeogh and Doyle were in Magazine with Howard Devoto (also at Pandora's 83). Whilst still a member of Magazine, McGeoch had played with other bands such as Generation X and the (also) Skids. After Magazine McGeogh had played with Siouxsie & the Banshees (also at Pandora's 83).

Article from festival booklet

Niew Hip Stilen

Tegendraadse Rotterdamse jazz/popband die in de eerste helft van de jaren tachtig experimenteert met samples en computers op het podium en verschillende stijlen als jazz, punk en new wave met elkaar combineert. (

Friday, 2 September 1983, "Feestzaal", 01:15 - 02:00

Line up
Maarten van Gent – bass, drums, guitar, percussie & vocals; Jan Willem van Mook – bass, sax, keyboards, percussion & computer; Rutger van Otterloo – sax, drums & percussion

Set list
00 Blues
00 Ice man
00 Raw beat
00 Relax yourself

Henk Madrotter sent me 12 tracks of this gig as mp3's, most of them untitled, total time 60'. This recording is longer than the allocated time for Niew Hip Stilen at Pandora's. It's unknown if this is from a radio broadcast or recorded directly from the soundboard. The audience sounds very distant, which leads me to believe it's a soundboard.

Other info
De groep staat in september op het programma van het groots opgezette festival Pandora's Music Box in de Doelen te Rotterdam. (

Frontman of this band was Maarten, the bald one, who used to play guitar with the legendary communist Rotterdam punkband The Rondo's... I saw Niew Hip Stilen perform live at one of those Pandora Festivals and still have the (pretty good) recordings of that.

Yeah, I have those recordings. Niew Hip put out a tape with those recordings along with some other material, I was actually standing in the front at that concert... I just send those recordings to the mutant-sounds blog, don't know when he (Eric) will post 'em but the sound quality was still pretty good... Frontman Maarten from Niew Hip used to play guitar in legendary Rotterdam punk band the Rondos, I still have that album, anybody still has their singles?

Article from festival booklet


SPK, formed in 1978 in Sydney, Australia, was a 1980s and early 1990s industrial music and noise music act featuring Graeme Revell, who would later go on to become a successful Hollywood movie composer. The group was formed when Revell (aka Operator) met up with Neil Hill (aka Ne/H/il). The meaning of the SPK abbreviation is deliberately unclear; the album covers suggest several different alternatives. The most well known is Sozialistisches PatientenKollektiv, but there are also others, such as Surgical Penis Klinik, System Planning Korporation and SePuKku. (
Friday, 2 September 1983, "Feestzaal", 23:45 - 00:45
Line up Sinan Leong – vocals; Graeme Revell – vocals, synthesizers, electronics, metal percussion; Derek Thompson – trumpet, keyboards, metal percussion
Set list
01 Napalm 2
02 The sandstorm method
03 Metal field
04 Metal dance
05 Walking on dead steps
06 The kill
07 Will to power

Recording A radio recording of tracks 01 – 07 exists, approx. 45'. I have 03 and 04, 11'18". Get them here:
Tracks 01, 02 and 06 were officially released in 2008 on the "Dokument III0 1979 - 1983" box set. Other info

SPK live at Pandora's 83 (Vinyl 1983/9)

Oil drum/instrument (Vinyl 1983/9)

SPK photo shoot, backstage at Pandora's 83 (Vinyl 1983/9)

Article from festival booklet

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Psychic TV

Psychic TV (sometimes spelt Psychick TV) or PTV, is a video art and music group that primarily performs psychedelic, punk, electronic and experimental music. The band was formed by performance artist Genesis P-Orridge and video director Peter Christopherson (after the break up of Throbbing Gristle) with Alex Fergusson, musician and producer (a key member of Alternative TV for whom Genesis had played percussion). (

Saturday, 22 September 1984, "Kleine Box", 21:15 - 22:00

Line up
Not sure, but this line-up is from April...
Genesis P-Orridge – vocals, guitar; Paula P-Orridge – tapes, percussion; Alex Fergusson – guitar; John Gosling – tapes, guitar, vibraphone, percussion; Monte Cazazza – vocals, guitar? Also mentioned: Geff Rushton and Paul Reason

Set list
01 Southern comfort
02 God star
03 Unclean
04 Ov power
05 Alright
06 Jungle

Tracks 01 - 06 have been recorded, most likely from radio, and released as the bootleg LP Unclean (Paradox Records, PTV4828). (

Psychic TV RARE 12" vinyl LP: Unofficial release on 'Paradox Records' featuring live recordings of Psychic TV at 'De Doelen' Rotterdam on September 22nd 1984. Autographed by Genesis P-Orridge on front sleeve and bears embossed mark of authenticity from Genesis P-Orridge on front sleeve. Side 1: Southern Comfort, Godstar, Unclean Side 2: 'Off' Power, Allright, Jungle featuring: Alex Fergusson, Geff Rushton, John Gosling, Paula P-Orridge, Genesis P-Orridge (

Dutch cassette label Korm Plastics also released tracks 01 - 04 as Live at Pandora's Music Box (Archives-2), "total playing time 30 minutes". (

I finally managed to download tracks 1 - 4, taken from the album Paramartha (Solide Sentimental 023), total time 27'44". Get them here:

Also mentioned is a bootleg LP called Ov Power, featuring tracks 01 - 04.

Other info
... Psychic TV die voor het concert buiten voor de deur in indiasche gewaden hara krishna liedjes zongen... (Henk den Toom)

Article from festival booklet

Psychic TV live at Pandora's 84 (Oor, 1984/20)

Psychic TV live at Pandora's 84 (photo's from eBay seller wooden_dream)

Reviews 1984

Review from German fanzine Bierfront (1985/1) - many thanks to Klaus!

Review from het Vrije Volk (24 September 1984, taken from KIEM website)

Review in Algemeen Daglad ( 24 September 1984, taken from KIEM website)

Review from Oor magazine (1984/20)

Review from Sounds (October 1984)

Apparently, there was also an article about Pandora's in the November issue of German magazine Spex. A websearch turned up mentionings of the Gun Club, Lyres, Nomads, Dream Syndicate, Matador, Psychic TV, Jah Wobble/Insane Fame, Opposition, March Violets and Pete Shelley. Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of the magazine or scans thereof. If you do, please drop me an email.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Green on Red

Green on Red were an American rock band, formed in the Tucson, Arizona punk scene, but based for most of its career in Los Angeles, California, where it was loosely associated with the Paisley Underground. Earlier records have the wide-screen psychedelic sound of first-wave desert rock, with occasional impulses toward pop mitigated by the limitations of shambolic vocalist Dan Stuart. Later records suggest a kind of broke-down American Rolling Stones. Others have called them the bastard children of Neil Young. (

Friday, 11 October 1985, "Big Hall", 3:20 - 04:20

Line up
Dan Stuart – vocals, guitar; Chuck Prophet – guitar; Chris Cacavas – keyboards; Jack Waterson – bass; Keith Mitchell – drums (drummer Alex McNicol had quit on the eve of the fall ’85 tour,

Set list
01 (Ain't It) Funny How Time Slips Away
02 That's What Dreams Were Made For
03 Black River
04 Sixteen Ways
05 Down To The Bone
06 Sea of Cortez
07 Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
08 No Free Lunch
09 Honest Man
10 This I Know
11 We Shall Overcome
12 Hair Of The Dog
13 The Drifter
14 Everybody Loves To Play The Fool
15 Down By The River
16 Gravity Talks
17 Cheap Wine
18 5 Easy Pieces
They joined the Rain Parade on stage at the end of their set.

I have a complete lossless (flac) audience recording.

Fragment of Green on Red joining the Rain Parade on stage for the finale of their set at Pandora's 85 as uploaded to YouTube by user waaghalsrecords.

Other info

The Long Ryders

The Long Ryders were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles in the early 1980s and originally associated with a movement sometimes called the Paisley Underground. With a sound reminiscent of Gram Parsons-era Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Flying Burrito Brothers, but with a harder edge, they anticipated the alternative country music of the 1990s by a decade.

Saturday, 12 October 1985, "Dance Hall", 22:20 - 23:20

Line up
Sid Griffin – guitar, autoharp, bugle; Stephen McCarthy – guitar, steel guitar, mandolin, banjo; Tom Stevens – bass; Greg Sowders – drums

Set list
01 Run Dusty run
02 Lights of downtown
03 Southside of the story
04 Wreck of the 809
05 Time keeps travelin'
06 Sweet mental revenge
07 Mason/Dixon line
08 Two kinds of love
09 Capturing the flag
10 I had a dream last night
11 Ivory tower
12 Final wild son
13 You just can't ride the boxcars anymore
14 State of my union
15 Tell it to the judge on Sunday
16 Lookin' for Lewis and Clark

I have a complete lossless (flac) soundboard recording. Dutch radio broadcast some (maybe all) of it shortly after the festival.

Fragment of the Long Ryders at Pandora's 85 as uploaded to YouTube by waaghalsrecords.

Other info

Article form festival booklet

Butthole Surfers

Butthole Surfers are an American rock band founded in 1981 by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas. The Surfers are best known for their black humor, a sound that incorporates elements of punk rock, psychedelia, heavy metal, noise rock, and electronica, as well as their use of sound manipulation and tape editing. Acclaimed for their chaotic live shows, the Surfers have a well-reported appetite for recreational drugs, particularly psychedelics, an evident influence on their sound. (

Saturday, 12 October 1985, "Dance Hall", 01:40 - 02:40

Line up
Gibby Haynes – lead vocals, guitar, saxophone; Paul Leary – guitar, vocals; Mark Kramer – bass; King Coffey – drums; Teresa Nervosa – drums

Set list

01 Suicide
02 Graveyard
03 To parter
04 Gary Floyd
05 Cherub
06 Butthole surfer
07 BBQ Pope
08 Moving to Florida
09 Lady Sniff

Also performed:
00 The Shah sleeps in Lee Harvey’s grave
00 Hurdy gurdy man (Donovan cover)
00 Come together (Beatles cover)


A radio recording of tracks 01 - 09 exists (approx 25'). Also broadcast were interview segments with Gibby and Teresa.
I have a lossless (flac) recording of track 06, taken from a radio broadcast. Both beginning and end are cut, total time 3'39".

"Highlights" from the show as uploaded to YouTube by waaghalsrecords.

Other info
Het beste optreden dat ik mij nu kan herinneren is van de Butthole Surfers op Pandora’s Music Box. (John Cameron of Claw Boys Claw,

Article from festival booklet

Butthole Surfers on stage at Pandora's 85 (Vinyl magazine, 1985/11)

Interview at Pandora's 85 (Vinyl magazine, 1985/12)