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Cult heroes: Tommy Vance was British radio's unsung heavy metal guru

10 November 2015 1:08 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The rarely feted Radio 1 DJ took metal out of its ghetto and played it to the whole country, spawning furious, flourishing scenes in its wake

Those who are regular viewers of BBC4’s reruns of Top of the Pops might have cringed a little the other week. The show, from 16 October 1980, was presenting the first appearance by a group called Adam and the Ants, performing their single Dog Eat Dog. For a whole lot of people, this was their Bowie-does-Starman moment, in which someone not of this world descended and changed the way pop was perceived.

With the benefit of hindsight, however, the more startling performance came from the show’s host, Tommy Vance. This was a period in which special guests would pop up briefly to be interviewed, and that week Vance was joined by Suzi Quatro and Dollar. “I love you wearing that gear,” he tells the red-leather-clad Quatro (“Weird guy, »

- Michael Hann

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