Stories about Cargo

Alex Gajowskyj from Learn to Fly

Hi John,

Came across your marvelous Cargo Studios site recently.

I was the drummer for a young Mcr. band, ‘Learn To Fly’.

We recorded a demo cassette there in August 1980.

Didn’t see name on the list so thought I’d reach out & see if you might add it.

Still have the TDK C-60 cassette with Cargo Recording Studios sleeve wrap & featuring 8 original tracks we recorded. My first ever recording studio visit as a 21 year old & still remember much of the session.

In fact, still own the kit I used that day too.

Also recall Cargo being really welcoming / supportive of new, young bands & we much appreciated.

Went on to find my calling with a satisfying career in Industrial Design…..but still joyfully pound the skins a bit in my ‘middle age’.

Was very lucky to emigrate to the US just a few years after the recording session, where I still live with my family on the west coast.

Grew up in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, played in a band with Steve Garvey before he joined Buzzcocks (he lives on US east coast & we still chat) & used to rub shoulders with guys from The Drones, ocassionaly Mark E. Smith & all sorts of characters who used to hang at ‘Rafters’ in Mcr. on Oxford Rd.

Anyway, great memories!…..thanks again for doing what you did at Cargo to help all of us try & realize some dreams.

Best regards,

Alex Gajowskyj



Dale Hibbert, Fredian Slip

Fantastic to see these, so many names, so many memories. The exhilaration of being booked in, the journey to the “dark side” of Manchester, the excitement of being in the studio, trying to act cool but the anticipation of what you are about to do, overwhelming you. A big thanks to Cargo, starting so many …

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Big Flame

Came across this the other day, apparently I wrote this in January 1986 when I was producing Big Flame. I guess at least it shows I used to have a sense of humour. “Big Flame are here. Perhaps only once in a producer’s life does he meet musical greatness. It happened to me when I …

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Geoff Hollows from Voltage

Hi John,the website brings back some memories!.My late brother Bob , best mate Darren and I  recorded three sessions, with you at the helm twice and Ian Blackburn the last time, between ’80 and ’82.We used to pick the all night sessions ‘cos of the cheaper rate,but we always had a blast. Really good memories,still …

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Denny Pooley from the Monoconics

Hi John – attached the only “souvenirs” of the session my band Monoconics did at Cargo recording our 1st and only single, I think in 1980. The studio had been recommended to us by The Diagram Brothers (although quite a large portion of my singles collection seemed to have been recorded there too) who we …

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Dave Stowell from Stations about Martin Hannett

Hello John, I just read your website about Cargo.  My band, Stations, worked with Hannett on a 3-song session here in Chicago back in 1983.  We had sent him our first single and had then travelled to Manchester to meet him and convinced him to fly over to Chicago to record us here. At the …

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