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LANGUAGE, MUSIC, DREAM AND PUN

Josh Ray's Pool Of Life mix

To tie in with THE LIVERPOOL DREAM feature in Issue 53, Josh Ray has compiled a selection of music that fed off the energy in the Liverpool School of Language, Music, Dream and Pun - the legendary watering hole and hangout founded by Peter O'Halligan on the corner of Mathew Street, Rainford Square and Temple Court.

Active during the school’s days, YACHTS and DEAF SCHOOL soundtracked many a hot summer in the late 1970s, whilst inspiring many young dreamers to pick up a guitar themselves. Coincidentally beginning their musical life by picking up Deaf School’s instruments and playing themselves, BIG IN JAPAN were the next big thing to spring out of the pool of life and are rightly seen as a super-group in reverse. Ian Broudie went on to form ORIGINAL MIRRORS alongside Deaf School’s Steve Allen, as Holly Johnson fronted FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD and Jayne Casey and Ambrose Reynolds formed PINK INDUSTRY. Bill Drummond went on to idiosyncratically manage THE TEARDROP EXPLODES and ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (with Big In Japan’s David Balfe playing keys and producing for both), before founding the legendary KLF alongside Jimmy Cauty. So yeah, there’s quite a bit more to the musical legacy of Mathew Street than the tourism board would have us believe.

"LIVERPOOL IS THE POOL OF LIFE"

C. G. JUNG. 1927

 

Read the full feature article on The Liverpool School Of Language, Music, Dream And Pun in our March 2015 issue.

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