Twenty-eight years ago this weekend you could have witnessed this extraordinary - in several respects - line-up at the Reading Festival. As, in fact, we did.
Cardiacs - skulking away down there at the bottom of Sunday's bill - were/are an unclassifiably brilliant hybrid of all rock's most eccentric impulses, played by people whose lives appeared to depend on their ability to reach the note after next. In 2010 Cardiacs' creator Tim Smith suffered a heart attack after watching the reformed My Bloody Valentine. That story's here. Squint your ears and you can feel their influence in everything from Blur to Devin Townsend. As Wire magazine recently noted, though they've been mysteriously written out of history, theirs is the real story of England's hidden reverse. Here's our favourite moment: