The Passage

The Passage were an English New Wave/art-pop band from Manchester that released two EPs on small-press Object in 1978/79, culminating with the album Pindrop in 1980. In 1981, a revised lineup of the band issued For All and None on Virgin-subsidiary Night & Day, followed by the 1982/83 releases Degenerates and Enflame on Cherry Red.

The Passage was assembled by keyboardist/drummer/composer Dick Witts, who served as the one-constant member through the band’s five-year history.

Members: Dick Witts (drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals), Tony Friel (vocals, guitar, bass, 1978-79), Lorraine Hilton (keyboards, 1978-80), Joe McKechnie (drums, 1980-81, 1982-83), Lizzy Johnson (vocals, 1980-81), Andy Wilson (guitar, 1980-83), Paul Mahoney (drums, 1981-82)


  • New Love Songs (EP, 1978)
  • About Time (EP, 1979)
  • Pindrop (1980)
  • For All and None (1981)
  • Degenerates (1982)
  • Enflame (1983)

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