August 3, 2011 – 4:38 am

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Provoked Beyond Endurance [Oh Boy 1-9110, 1CD]

Live at the Bottom Line, New York; November 27, 1980. Very good to excellent FM broadcast. In spite of what the artwork says, venue was likely The Ritz.

And now… for some twangin’ rockabilly… when Rockpile went on the road to promote their Seconds Of Pleasure album, the only album that bears the Rockpile moniker.

Thanks to the person who shared the tracks on the net in 2006.

The seeder noted: “Some cuts between tracks, editing out ads and applause, but no impact on the songs. Some tape hiss, static but nothing major.”

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Play That Fast Thing “One More Time” 5:45 (9.7MB)
Track 02. So It Goes 3:12 (5.1MB)
Track 03. Teacher Teacher 2:50 (4.5MB)
Track 04. Cry Cry Cry 3:14 (5.1MB)
Track 05. A Knife And Fork 3:42 (5.9MB)
Track 06. Oh What A Thrill 3:32 (5.6MB)
Track 07. Pet You And Hold You 3:21 (5.6MB)
Track 08. Girls’ Talk 3:43 (5.9MB)
Track 09. Singing The Blues 3:06 (4.9MB)
Track 10. They Called It Rock 3:50 (6.1MB)
Track 11. Crawling From The Wreckage 3:04 (4.9MB)
Track 12. I Hear You Knockin’ 2:28 (3.9MB)
Track 13. I Knew The Bride (When She Used To Rock And Roll) 2:49 (4.7MB)
Track 14. Down Down Down 3:36 (5.7MB)
Track 15. Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Acoustic - BBC radio, Aug 1979) 2:02 (3.2MB)
Track 16. The Race Is On (Acoustic - BBC radio, Aug 1979) 2:14 (3.5MB)

Dave Edmunds - guitar, vocals
Nick Lowe - bass, vocals
Billy Bremner - guitar, vocals
Terry Williams - drums

Click on the link to order Seconds of Pleasure.

  1. 32 Responses to “ROCKPILE - NEW YORK 1980”

  2. hey bigo, is this as good as brian setzer trio?


    By Ed Saad on Aug 3, 2011

  3. Thanks guys! I’ve worn out several copies of Rockpile’s “Seconds of Pleasure” album, and this makes a great addition!

    By Hulkzilla on Aug 3, 2011

  4. I was at this show. The venue was the the Ritz which was located on E 11 st ‘tween 3rd and 4th Avenue in NYC. It was packed , hot and lots of beautiful women. Thank you BIGO!

    By tunafan on Aug 3, 2011

  5. Hey Ed, this might help. In the late 70’s Dave Edmunds recorded on Zeppelin’s Swan Song label. In the 80’s he was also producing the Stray Cats albums beginning with their first one. Check ‘em out.

    By Sking on Aug 3, 2011

  6. Speaking of groups that had Nick Lowe for a member and should have released more than one album I was wondering if BigO had any ROIO’s of Little Village.

    By Sking on Aug 3, 2011

  7. Fantastic band. I am pleased to have this, because every time I bought “Seconds Of Pleasure” it was defective. I’ll get a good one eventually. In the meantime, I’ll be listening to this. Thank you.

    By aking on Aug 3, 2011

  8. hey sking, thanks. i remember dave edmunds getting play on mtv in the early 80’s, when they played videos and pre the real world. i went to school with julie from the first season. not a fan, just saying. anyway, those were the days when one could see videos by judas priest, iron maiden and closet classics such as blue cheer-summertime blues. anyway, i did listen to some samples on amazon, and it was a bit poppish.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 3, 2011

  9. The 1980 NYC show was at the Ritz. They played The Bottom Line,(the best live music venue ever R.I.P.)in 1978 when I think the billing was Nick Lowe and Rockpile. The 1978 show was broadcast live by WNEW-FM and excellent copies exist in cyberspace (I downloaded one a few years ago). They also opened for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in 1978, which is where I saw them. One of the best live bands ever and the epitome of power pop!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Aug 4, 2011

  10. Saw Rockpile on this tour in Vancouver (in the old Gardens on the PNE site). Great show - great song set. From what I understand Lowe and Edmunds had something like a love/hate situation and what began as Rockpile became only an one-shot arrangement. Pity - the one and only album release was also great!

    By datdemdar on Aug 4, 2011

  11. by the way, Dave Edmunds also produced the Flock of Seagulls ‘Iran’ lp.

    By datdemdar on Aug 4, 2011

  12. Should have seen this tour, but the DC-area gig was cancelled at the last minute. Thanks for the second chance.

    By drkrick on Aug 4, 2011

  13. Thanks for this roio. Rockpile is always worth a listen.

    By shadreck on Aug 4, 2011

  14. thanks so much for this. I’ve loved Rockpile forever. I was fortunate enough to see them at some club in LA when I was in high school, back in 1979 or ‘80.

    By Eric on Aug 4, 2011

  15. Great!!! Not only many Rockpile songs, but also Edmunds’ big solo hit (I Hear You Knockin’) and two songs from Edmunds’ “Repeat When Necessary” - one of the best rock LPs ever.

    By MrBill on Aug 4, 2011

  16. Remember folks, the first two Nick Lowe Albums were Rockpile albums (with Dave, Terry, and Billy playing on them) as were the Get It, Repeat When Necessary, and Twangin’(with Nick). There truthfully are 6 Rockpile albums if you count these and they were the backup band for a June Carter album as well.

    By batfan on Aug 4, 2011

  17. i saw both the bottom line and the ritz shows and had both on tape from the broadcasts and
    the 10-24-78 bottom line ny show set list is as follows–
    01 Down Down Down
    02 So It Goes
    03 I Knew The Bride
    04 Deborah
    05 I LOve The Sound Of Breaking Glass
    06 No More Mr. Nice Guy
    07 Trouble Boys
    08 It’s My Own Business
    09 Never Been In Love
    10 So Fine
    11 Promised Land
    12 I Hear You Knockin
    13 They Call It Rock
    14 Ju Ju Man
    15 Heart Of The City
    16 Hear Comes The Weekend

    the bootleg 2 lp set elvis goes to washington and dave edmunds and rockpile dont has the set of rockpile from the bottom line from the 25th. on the 4th side of the 2 lps. its only 8 songs but its something. its not the same show tho. and it shows that they didnt make it to the gig that elvis made it to as drkrick above mentions.
    if anyone needs any of these sets theyre pretty easy to find online with a little searching. or u can email me and ill help u.
    [email protected]

    By darth on Aug 4, 2011

  18. Hey datdemdar, Edmunds did NOT produce A Flock Of Seagulls.

    By Hermy on Aug 5, 2011

  19. According to the Bottomline archive, on their website, Rockpile did not play there on Nov. 27, 1980..(roy buchanan was playing)

    By DJC on Aug 6, 2011

  20. Thanks for the live Rockpile ‘80 show, but….

    this sounds like it is not running at the right pitch/speed: a little too slow sounding; and i also hear the crackles of vinyl noise in the background–wonder if this comes from an LP bootleg source–it might just be FM ’static’ crackles though. (Bonus tracks sound slow in pitch too? :)

    By dandor on Aug 7, 2011

  21. djc–yes we know that rockpile did not play the bottom line on nov 27th 1980. thats already been established. the show is from the ritz. its just mislabeled on the cover. they did play the bottom line in 78 tho. the show from the bottom line in 78 and the show from the ritz in 80 were both broadcast over the radio. i thought this was clear by now. if u need anything explained further please ask.
    i ran from the bottom line roy buchanan show to the ritz that day in 80. roy did a song in honor of jimi hendrix too because nov 27th is his birthday. its also bruce lee’s birthday incidentally. jimi had died just ten years earlier.

    By darth on Aug 8, 2011

  22. And to think these boring old farts masqueraded under the “new wave” banner that was sweeping the UK at the time. Boring pub rock.

    By Unifaun on Aug 9, 2011

  23. certainly wasnt boring to us fans who appreciated the wonder of it all at the time. guess u actually had to be there tho. kids nowadays huh? they just dont get it. lol.
    i find myself saying that about the british invasion even tho i was very young at the time and then the rock n roll period just after that then the rock era and the psych era and the punk era and new wave era. i say it about jazz fusion and blues and prog rock space rock acid rock art rock and all sorts of other obscure music. german electronic neo psych. sure there are styles of music i dont get myself but u prove your ignorance when u say boring old farts. should people stop aging? just because u werent around and u dont get it doesnt make it boring. sure u have green day. we had the clash. deal with that punk!!
    nuff said.

    By darth on Aug 9, 2011

  24. you can have your green day and the clash..i had sonny burgess and his red headed woman!..that was pure punk rock an roll!

    By sluggo on Aug 9, 2011

  25. Check out the Rockpile Live at Montreux 1980 cd that comes out on August 22nd!

    By GS on Aug 10, 2011

  26. This show sounds like it comes from a slow running tape source. ‘Play That fast Thing’ IS NOT FAST ENOUGH !!!!!! I know I used to play this song. Still it sounds like a good show.

    By Jim Chisholm on Aug 10, 2011

  27. montreux 80 was already available as a video since it was brdcst on tv in europe back when it happened and a few times since. i used to trade audio / video in the 80s til 02. i kinda stopped audio trading in 95 after 15 yrs and i started video in 88 and stopped all trading / collecting in 02. when i got a video that didnt have an audio counterpart i would make one on audio tape. sometimes an official video would be released but an official album or cd wouldnt be. so i would make my own.
    in the case of rockpile and this particular show u mention here its about time they release this on cd. i wonder if there will be a dvd release too.

    interestingly there is some fundraising going on for some pbs stations around the usa now and in some markets they are showing a simon and garfunkel show from 1969. i have never heard of any shows being filmed but evidently there is one that is out. pbs rarely shows anything anymore that isnt available on dvd as well. i wonder if there is a cd counterpart to this? i know there are some 60s sng shows that have surfaced recently officially.

    By darth on Aug 10, 2011

  28. I was first row at the show at the Ritz. My friends and I got there early and sat on the steps of the theater to kill some time. We saw this guy walking towards us from a few blocks awary carrying a guitar case and it turns out to be Dave Edmunds, who we then briefly met. The opening act, Moon Martin, then shows up and he needed help carrying his band’s equipment in, so we offered to help them unload their truck. Moon got us in the theater early (enabling us to see the sound check and stake out front row center). During the show, I remember that people were packed in tightly behind us; it would have been impossible for us to fall down.
    Anyway, it goes down as one of my all-time best concerts. I was 20 years old, front row (a few feet away from Nick Lowe) seeing one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all-time. I would give anything to seen them reunite and play a show again.
    Play That Fast Thing One More Time……

    P.S. Saw Springsteen the next two nights after that at MSG as he debuted “The River” tour.

    By Mark M on Dec 10, 2014

  29. thanks again!

    Will take the Liverpool ´80 show to compare / correct speed / pitch (audacity) ,don´t have a cd. Maybe someone can post “correct” parameter?

    By Kint on Feb 14, 2015

  30. does anyone have track 7 or 13 they wont download

    By Keith on Mar 15, 2016

  31. Hello Keith

    Kindly refresh the page and try again. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 15, 2016

  32. Thank you

    By keith ahlstrom on Mar 16, 2016

  33. Thanks for posting. Any chance you could re-up track 11, please? It seems to go somewhere else right now.

    By Paul on May 20, 2017

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