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Reflector #7: Fischer Z – “Luton To Lisbon”

“Reflector” is a series Atlas correspondent David Soares has undertaken to bring to your attention songs by non-Portuguese bands inspired — in many cases, rather mysteriously — by the westernmost European nation.

This track can be found on Red Skies Over Paradise, the politically engaged 1981 album by the English New Wave rock group Fischer Z. This is another case where the mention of Lisbon in the lyrics might just have to do with the form than the content. However, the band did gain some popularity back then over these shores as they were one of the first international bands to tour the country in a handful of cities: Castelo Branco or Braga were not so accustomed to welcoming such bands at the time. Also, they might well be the first international act to fill up a stadium here. Namely, Alvalade stadium in Lisbon with close to 50.000 people. Although not on their own obviously, but as guests of honour to the record-breaking live radio show “A Febre de Sábado de Manhã” ( “Saturday Morning’s Fever”, see what they’ve done there) which would air on….Saturday mornings and could literally stop the country.

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