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On The Tube with Sonnie Rae
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Dave Robinson, who had continued to hold out the prospect of an American adventure for Ruefrex, citing their enduring popularity on the US college radio circuit, believed that the forthcoming Pogues tour there was an ideal vehicle for this. The big news the Stiff offices had to impart was that Ruefrex were to perform live on The Tube, a popular TV music show that served as a showcase for many emerging 80s bands, as part of a politics-themed edition around the Red Wedge initiative. They had been allocated a PR minder, an indefatigable woman called Sonnie Rae, ostensibly there to keep the band and Clarkey, out of trouble. As soon as they started the show, Clarkey deviated from his agreed stage routine, climbed on the drum riser and launched himself into the air. On the train journey back to London, the author felt lonelier than ever before.

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