Dislocation Dance

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Dislocation Dance
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Post-punk
Years active 1978–1986; 2009–present
Labels New Hormones, The Music Label, Rough Trade, LTM, Slipped Discs
Associated acts The Diagram Brothers, The Pale Fountains, Blue Orchids, James
Members Ian Runacres, Phil Lukes, Andrew Weaver, Jon Board, Chris Gravestock
Past members Ian Runacres
Andy Diagram
Paul Emmerson
Richard Harrison
Kath Way
Sonja Clegg
Herbie Bryan
Ian Rogers

Dislocation Dance are a post-punk band from Manchester, England. The group's original line-up is obscure; their first EP, a self-titled 7" as a co-release between two labels, Delicate Issues and New Hormones[1] recorded in May 1980, lists its line-up as 'B' on vocals and keyboard; 'Don' on drums; 'Ian' on vocals and guitar, and 'Paul' on bass, but also mentions 'Past members of the band' as Rod Bloor, Kathryn Way, Tim Glasser, Ian Rogers (drummer, who subsequently joined Blue Orchids) and Julie Gask.

The group proper formed in 1978 and included chief songwriter Ian Runacres (vocals, guitar), Andy Diagram (trumpet, vocals, also of The Diagram Brothers), Paul Emmerson (bass), and Richard Harrison (drums).[2] The Slip That Disc 12" EP featured a much more confident and tight sound, as well as a cover of The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out".[3] Both this release and the group's debut album Music Music Music (1981) featured the Runacres, Diagram, Emmerson and Harrison line-up. New Hormones also issued a string of poppy singles by the band, including Show Me, Rosemary and You'll Never Know, before the pioneering label closed due to lack of funds.

In 1982 Dislocation Dance signed to Rough Trade.[2] 1984's Midnight Shift album saw Kathryn Way rejoin as vocalist and the band explore a more jazzy pop sound. A final EP, "What's Going On", saw the replacement of Way by Sonja Clegg with Herbie Bryan joining on saxophone.[2] The band called it a day in 1986, with Clegg going solo, releasing an album in 1987, and Diagram taking his trumpet to pop success with James

In 2000 the group reformed for a tour of Japan. The original members Runacres, Way, Harrison and Diagram were joined by Phil Lukes (previously in The Mancinis and Dutch Uncle). Lukes had also worked with Runacres on a project under the name Brightside. Andy Diagram and Richard Harrison also formed a trumpet and drums duo under the name spaceheads. They have released seven albums and toured the world since 1993.

A new Dislocation Dance album, Cromer, was released by Vinyl Japan in 2005. This featured Runacres, Lukes, Diagram, and several other performers. The BBC sessions had been released on CD by Vinyl Japan in 1999, and the band's New Hormones and Rough Trade catalogue issued on remastered CDs by LTM in 2006.

In 2007 Dislocation Dance played a couple of gigs in Manchester, at the Carlton Club in Whalley Range. The line-up consisted of Runacres, Lukes, Way and Harrison again. They were joined by Jon Board (trumpet) and Andrew Weaver (keyboards). Runacres, Lukes, Board and Weaver began working on new material and in 2009 were joined by Chris Gravestock (drums). Their fourth studio album, The Ruins of Manchester, was released in May 2012.


Chart placings shown are from the UK Indie Chart.[4]


  • Dislocation Dance EP (1980) New Hormones
  • Slip That Disc EP (1981) New Hormones
  • "Rosemary" (1982) New Hormones (#46)
  • "You'll Never Know" (1982) New Hormones
  • "Violette" (1983) The Music label
  • "Show Me" (1983) Rough Trade
  • "What's Going On" (1985) Slipped Discs


  • Music Music Music (1981) New Hormones (#27) (reissued by LTM on CD)
  • Midnight Shift (1984) Rough Trade (#14) (reissued by LTM on CD)
  • BBC Sessions (1999) Vinyl Japan
  • Cromer (2005) Vinyl Japan
  • The Ruins of Manchester (2012) LTM


  1. ^ Toland, Justin (Tue: 03-06-08: 11:15 AM CET). "The forgotten pioneers". bbc online. Retrieved 2009-10-11.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Strong, Martin C. (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie Discography. Canongate. ISBN 0-86241-913-1. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Indie and New Wave Music. Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-579-4. 
  4. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4. 

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