Random Hold went about recording their first album with Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), and they wound up with two LPs’ worth of material. Polydor released a single for “Etceteraville” that failed to do well. The band embarked on a 13-date tour with XTC, and the five-song Avalanche EP appeared on the racks around this time, accompanied by another slew of lukewarm reviews. A couple months after the tour with XTC, the band headed out with the extremely supportive Peter Gabriel as the opening act on his U.K. tour. The tour coincided with the release of The View From Here, a full-length record culled from the sessions with Hammill. The reviews were more positive than not, but this proved to be of little help — Polydor dropped the band shortly after they returned from the tour. [Source]
Urgh! A Music War is a British film released in 1982 featuring performances by punk rock, New Wave, and post-punk acts, filmed in 1980. Among the artists featured in the movie are Magazine, The Go-Go’s, The Fleshtones, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, XTC, Devo, The Cramps, Oingo Boingo, Dead Kennedys, Gary Numan, Wall of Voodoo, Pere Ubu, Steel Pulse, Surf Punks, 999, UB40, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Police and Klaus Nomi. These were many of the most popular groups on the New Wave scene; in keeping with the spirit of the scene, the film also features several less famous acts, and one completely obscure group, Invisible Sex, in what appears to be their single public outing.