Mark 2 – The Documentary

Mark 2
The Documentary
1984? Broken Records
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Steve Wheeler – Vocals, guitars
Steve Cooper – Bass
Steve Smith – Drums
Simon Elwin – Keyboards

Joss Cook – Interviewer

  1. The Documentary

Wasn’t sure what this was going to be going in to it, especially once a Larry Norman song started playing. However, that song was a set-up to start this audio documentary of the Mark 2 band. Mark 2 is a new wave band led by Steve Wheeler of Broken Records (UK) fame. This documentary is mainly interviews with the band and various people involved with the band. There is also a section that follows the band through problems they have setting up a gig, complete with live recordings of conversations. It really sounds like a documentary, only an audio-only one. The only downside is that there are just snippets of songs that play here and there – no full songs, or really even long enough parts to give you a good idea of their sound. Norman Barratt even makes an appearance on the tape when Mark 2 opens for his band.

Missing Information: When was this released?

The Big Gig (compilation)

The Big Gig (compilation)
1984(?) Broken Records (UK) (BRS 10)
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Recorded live December 10, 1983 at Hilliard Hall, Plymouth

Side 1:

  1. Against the Tide – Food for Thought
  2. The Barking Dogs – Feelin’ Alright
  3. Mark 2 – I Think I’m in Love
  4. Against the Tide – Pictures
  5. Mark 2 – You’re Always There
  6. The Barking Dogs – Just a Man
  7. The Alligator Jug Thumpers – Mama Don’t ‘Low

Side 2:

  1. The Barking Dogs – I’ve Been Falling
  2. Mark 2 – Knocking Down Walls
  3. The Alligator Jug Thumpers – Wild Cat Blues
  4. Against the Tide – God in Heaven
  5. Mark 2 – Liar
  6. Against the Tide – On and On

This is a compilation of live songs played at one concert by various bands on Broken Records (the UK one). The year was not given on the release, but seeing that it was recorded very late in 1983, then mixed down and turned into a compilation, I would go with 1984. The sound is mostly alternative rock – either keyboard or guitar driven (or both) – except for The Alligator Jug Thumpers. I think this might have been a joke band or one-off collaboration from that night that played, well, pretty much jug music. All of The Barking Dog songs are also on their New Material demo. The four songs by Mark 2 are not on either one of their 7” singles, but could be on their The Documentary release. I don’t know, as I have not heard it and cannot find much info about it online. The Against the Tide material also may or may not be on another release by them – I don’t know. I haven’t heard anything by them, either. Kind of obscure, but possibly also with some unreleased songs on it.

Missing Information: release date confirmation