Vini Reilly’s first album, The Return Of The Durutti Column (1981), was more notorious for its sandpaper sleeve than the music contained therein. The sleeve was a Factory Records joke, designed to destroy neighbouring LPs.
Follow-up album LC released the same year and named for an Italian leftist slogan meaning “continuous struggle” was recorded by Reilly in just seven hours on a four-track machine bought from fellow North-western guitarist Bill Nelson.
Featuring sparing use of piano and beats by sympatico drummer Bruce Mitchell and a rhythm box, the album contained songs such as Jacqueline, Messidor and Ian Curtis tribute The Missing Boy which brought a meditative, melodic splendour that simultaneously encompassed the melancholy and life-affirming.
Dave Rowbotham was accidentally killed in January 1992.
Philip ‘Toby’ Tomanov