The Skids had broken up back in early 1982 and the solo career of Richard Jobson had stalled. Two years on, and still only 24 years of age, he decided to try again and formed The Armoury Show with his mate Russell Webb (ex Skids) and John McGeoch and John Doyle both of whom had been integral to the sound of Magazine.

On paper it had a lot going for it but the three early singles – Castles In Spain, We Can Be Brave Again and Glory Of Love failed to hit the spot with the record buying public.  All three tracks were included on debut LP Waiting For The Floods in September 1985 while Castles In Spain was re-released on the back of some high-profile TV appearances and support slots for well-know bands.  All to no avail.

Two more singles followed in early 87 before the band called it a day.

Maybe the world wasn’t quite ready for a mid80s era Simple Minds tribute act….which may sound harsh but have a listen to this track from their one album to see what I’m getting at:-

mp3 : The Armoury Show – Kyrie






  1. Personally, I would much rather listen to “Waiting For The Floods” that OUAT! John McGeoch is a player whose every recorded performance is one that I enjoyed. I need to get that Cherry Red DLX RM of that album! The Track Record 2001 re-issue was insanely out of my price range and was issued at a time when music purchases were severely curbed.

  2. Much as I liked the Skids, I just couldn’t take to the Armoury Show. Nothing to do with Jobbo telling me to “eff off” at the Mariot Hall in Dundee, but more down to something missing. In this case, the sum was less than the parts.

  3. Perfect assessment of The Armour Show JC! As a whole they were not anywhere near what the sum of their parts should have achieved. I have come to understand Waiting For The Floods more over the past few decades, but I can’t say it moves me or I really like it. McGeoch is thoroughly wasted here for me playing in Pomp Rock mode to Jobson’s oh so Pomp Rock vocals. I’m sure there is a skeleton of beauty in a lot of their songs, but they seem so tortured as final versions on vinyl.

  4. I’ve always had a soft spot for Castles In Spain, but grew increasingly underwhelmed with subsequent releases. Looking back, I wonder whether Jobson’s earnestness and the boisterous sound were already out of fashion by 1985. Simple Minds, Big Country et al’s efforts around that time seem more sophisticated (if that’s the correct word!).

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