Visions: Venom on Sky Monsters of Rock, 1985

Bands these days. So clean cut, not a hair out of place, wouldn’t say boo to a ghost. Heck, you might get the odd f-word here and the middle finger there, but only if they’re trying too hard to be bad ass.

Things were a lot different back in 1985, when Geordie black metal pioneers Venom rolled onto the set of the Sky Monsters of Rock Show. For anyone who hasn’t seen it, fan or not, this is a must see. Prepare yourself for one of the most hilarious interviews ever as host Amanda Reddington quickly loses control of the set, as Cronos, Mantas and Abaddon overwhelm her and the show with their sheer buffoonery. Sure they had a whole Satan shtick going on, but that didn’t stop them from being three lads from Newcastle-upon-Tyne out to have a laugh. It seems like this was a lab explosion waiting to happen. Proof that the 80’s was possibly music’s greatest time ever, rich was its diversity and evolution. There’ll never be another band like Venom wreaking havoc in quite the same fashion.

But enough lamenting the downfall of the mainstream public’s tastes, enjoy some proper telly gold!

Peter Clegg

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