Modern Eon

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Modern Eon
Origin Liverpool, UK
Genres Post-punk, new wave
Years active 1978–1982
Labels Dindisc
Associated acts Apollo 440, Dead or Alive
Past members Alix Johnson (Alix Plain)
Danny Hampson
Dave Hardbattle
Bob Wakelin
Tim Lever
Cliff Hewitt
Ged Allen
Joey McKechnie

Modern Eon was a British post-punk/new wave band, formed in Liverpool, England in 1978. They released one album, Fiction Tales, on the independent UK label Dindisc in 1981.[1]

History[edit]

The band, originally called Luglo Slugs, were founded by guitarist/vocalist Alix Plain (real name Alex Johnson) and bassist Danny Hampson, later joined by drummer Dave Hardbattle.[2] The Luglo Slugs lineup recorded "Benched Down/70s Sixties" at Open Eye Studios in Liverpool. Soon after the recording, Hardbattle left. Guitarist Ged Allen and drummer Joey McKechnie joined, and the band eventually decided on the name Modern Eon. The Open Eye recording was released under the name Modern Eon in late 1978 on the compilation album Street to Street: A Liverpool Album.

After one self-released EP, Pieces, released on Eon Records in 1979, they recorded the single "Euthenics" for Inevitable Records in 1980.[2] Allen and McKechnie left the band in 1980, prior to the recording of their debut album, and were replaced by Bob Wakelin (strings, vocals, percussion) and Tim Lever (guitar, saxophone), with Cliff Hewitt (drums) joining shortly thereafter.[3]

In early 1981, a rerecorded version of "Euthenics" was released as a single on Dindisc followed by two more singles, "Child's Play" and "Mechanic". Fiction Tales was released in mid 1981 to much critical acclaim.[4][5] After a tour was arranged that year, drummer Hewitt critically injured his wrist, forcing them to go on tour using Hewitt's drum playing on a tape machine. Modern Eon dissolved by the end of 1981 while working on demos for a second album, which was never released.[6][7]

Lever later played with Dead or Alive, while Hewitt was a member of Apollo 440.

Discography[8][9][edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Pieces - 7" EP (1979, Eon)
  • "Euthenics"/"Waiting for the Cavalry" - 7" single (1980, Inevitable)
  • "Euthenics"/"Cardinal Signs" - 7" single (1981, Dindisc)
  • "Child's Play"/"Visionary" - 7" single (1981, Dindisc)
  • "Mechanic"/"Splash!" - 7" single (1981, Dindisc)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Benched Down/70s Sixties" on Street to Street: A Liverpool Album (1979, Open Eye Records)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Modern Eon biography
  2. ^ a b Strong, Martin Charles (2003). The Great Indie Discography (2nd ed.). Edinburgh: Canongate Books. ISBN 978-1-84195-335-9. 
  3. ^ Band members
  4. ^ Robbins, Ira A (1983). The Trouser Press guide to new wave records. C. Scribner's Sons. p. 192. ISBN 0-684-17943-1. 
  5. ^ Griffin, John (5 September 1981). "Dylan's Latest 'Shot' Misses Creative Mark". The Gazette. p. 105. Retrieved 4 November 1981.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ Allmusic biography
  7. ^ Official MySpace
  8. ^ Allmusic discography
  9. ^ Detailed discography
  10. ^ "MODERN EON | Artist". Official Charts. 1981-06-13. Retrieved 2013-09-06.