Half Moon presents:

Diesel Park West + Department S

Diesel Park West + Department S

Half Moon - Putney, London

£18 Advance
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
General Admission (e-ticket)
$25.34 + $2.53 s/c

From the English East Midlands ever since their debut single 1987s dark and sultry "When The Hoodoo Comes" Diesel Park West have pleased and confounded their fans and critics by being familiar and willfully unpredictable in equal measure. Now ten albums in with a very classy back catalogue.

Department S are a band with a long and interesting history. They are most famous for their 1981 UK hit single "Is Vic There?" but also achieved success on mainland Europe with follow up singles "Going Left Right" and “I Want”. With a brand new album released this October 2024 this incredible band have no plans of slowing up.

Line Up

Department S are back playing gigs for what is now the 9th year since they reformed. Current line up features the legendary Mike Herbage, Eddie Roxy and ex PiL, Cowboys International, Brian Brain bass man Pete Jones…along with new guitarist Phil Thompson (who also plays for Bug) and Alex Lutes on drums (who’s past credits include FMB and Night Nurse).

Department S evolved from a previous punk/ska combo, Guns For Hire, and featured former Madness drummer John Hasler, Mike Herbage joined them and wrote Guns For Hire's only single - "I'm Gonna Rough My Girlfriend's Boyfriend Up Tonight" which emerged on the Korova record label The group then became Department S, with the addition of Eddie Roxy and Stuart Mizon.

They debuted at London’s Rock Garden on 24 September 1980. Their first single, "Is Vic There?", was released in December 1980. It was produced by former Mott the Hoople members Buffin and Overend Watts, and reached number 23 in the UK charts aided by 3 appearances on Top Of The Pops.

The group recorded a session for the legendary DJ John Peel on 3 December 1980. The tracks laid down were "Is Vic There?"; "Age Concern"; "Ode To Cologne (Stench Of War)"; and "Clap Now".

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