Secret Affair in Bilston gig

Evergreen mods Secret Affair will play classic hits at Bilston’s Robin 2 tonight.

Secret Affair in Bilston gig

Secret Affair. Pic: www.facebook.com/secretaffair.official

Their Business As Usual tour will feature Time For Action, My World, Glory Boys, Let Your Heart Dance, Do You Know, Sound of Confusion, Lost in the Night and more.

The band – Ian Page, Dave Cairns, Dennis Smith and Seb Shelton – formed in 1978 from their previous incarnation as the power pop combo New Hearts.

In a period of a little over two years, they posted five releases in the UK Singles Chart, and released three albums. 

The debut single Time For Action sold more than 200,000 copies and reached No 13 in the UK chart, putting them at the forefront of the mod revival movement. 

More chart success meant they also drew up plans for a smart-dressing youth movement - dubbed the Glory Boys – based around the idea of 1960s gangster chic, influenced by the movie, Performance.

In 1979 Page and Cairns enlisted the services of bassist Dennis Smith, drummer Seb Shelton and saxophone player Dave Winthrop. 

From their very first gig, opening for the Jam at Reading University in February 1979, the band were adopted by a hardy group of East End mods, who readily embraced Page’s Glory Boy concept.

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