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The Armoury Show
OriginUnited Kingdom
GenresNew wave, post-punk
Years active1983–1988
Associated actsThe Skids, Magazine, Slik, The Zones, Public Image Ltd., Siouxsie and the Banshees
Past membersRichard Jobson
John McGeoch
Russell Webb
John Doyle
Ray McVeigh
Dave Lockwood
Ray Weston

The Armoury Show were a British new wave band, formed in 1983 and consisting of Richard Jobson on vocals, Russell Webb on bass guitar, John McGeoch on guitar and John Doyle on drums.[1] Each member had previously been in critically acclaimed and commercially successful bands; Jobson and Webb were in The Skids, whilst McGeoch and Doyle had been in Magazine.

The band was named after The Armory Show, a famous 1913 modern art exhibition held in New York. They released six singles and one studio album in their brief existence.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Personnel
  • 3 Discography
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Previously, Richard Jobson and Russell Webb were both members of the Scottish punk band The Skids, while John McGeoch and John Doyle had both been members of post-punk pioneers Magazine.

The Skids had dissolved in 1981 and Magazine in 1982, following the release of their final, and commercially unsuccessful, albums (Joy and Magic, Murder and the Weather, respectively). John McGeoch had actually left Magazine in 1980, before the recording of their last album, joining Siouxsie and the Banshees. He also replaced Stuart Adamson for a Peel session recorded by The Skids in 1981.

According to Russell Webb, in the sleeve notes of the 2013 re-issue of their album Waiting for the Floods, the intention was not to be a band, but a collective of musicians getting together to write songs and make music in the studio. But, McGeoch persuaded his compatriots to take their songs on the road and, following a press showcase at The Venue in London, the band signed to Parlophone and EMI America.

Their debut single, "Castles in Spain", was released in 1984, followed later that year by "We Can Be Brave Again". Given the green light to record an album, the band spent four weeks at Manor Studios in rural Oxfordshire, with producer Nick Launay at the controls. The resultant album, Waiting for the Floods, and accompanying singles "The Glory of Love" and a re-release of "Castles in Spain" came out in 1985.

But, Richard Jobson was a man in demand and he spent less and less time with the band. In 1986, following the tour to promote the album, both McGeoch and Doyle left the band, with the former joining Public Image Ltd. and the latter working with former Buzzcocks lead singer/guitarist Pete Shelley.

When Jobson returned from China, where he had been working as model, he reunited with Webb, calling on Dave Lockwood (guitar) and Ray Weston (drums) to record tracks for their next album.[2] The singles "Love in Anger" and "New York City" marked a change in musical direction for the band, with the latter even sporting a dance mix. But all was not well and, in 1988, it was announced that the band had split up, with what would have been their second album Monkey Cry promoted as Richard Jobson's solo debut Badman. After a brief solo career Jobson became a successful television presenter and film director. Webb pursued a solo career (according to the band's unofficial fansite) before joining McGeoch in Public Image Ltd in 1992, making his live debut at the Reading Festival. In 2013, Webb was working in education.


  • Richard Jobson ("The Captain" during the early days in 1983) – vocals, guitar
  • John McGeoch ("The Legend" during 1983) – guitar, vocals
  • Russell Webb ("Universe" during 1983) – bass guitar, vocals
  • John Doyle ("Doylie" during 1983) – drums
  • Ray McVeigh (ex-The Professionals) – guitar (replaced John McGeoch for a while in 1986)
  • Dave Lockwood – guitar (replaced Ray McVeigh)
  • Ray Weston – drums (replaced John Doyle)

See also

  • Slik


  1. ^ Sutton, Michael. "Artist Biography by Michael Sutton | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Jobbers on the Band(Wagon)". Sounds. 1 January 1987. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 

External links

  • Unofficial website
  • The Armoury Show discography at Discogs

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