Success was theirs to lose, but drugs, guilt and mental deterioration seemed to make deliberate failure a much more likely prospect.
It seemed that everybody loved The Teardrop Explodes. What could possibly go wrong.
Well the answer to that is pretty much everything.
“The original lockdown earlier this year I found to be as stimulating as it was unusual.”
When punk burst out of London and into the provinces back in the late 70s, a schism developed quite quickly. There seemed to be two ways to go when it came to forming a band. Firstly there was the standard thrash approach popularised by the 2nd wave of punk bands, such as The Lurkers, and […]
“I’ve been rummaging through boxes containing photos, cassettes and DATs from my Come in Tokio days, laughing, cringing, loving”
ire Escape In The Sky: The Godlike Genius Of Scott Walker was our coal fire. Our central heating. Our hot bath. We immersed ourselves in its otherworldly beauty every single night.
I remember I put Echo and the Bunnymen’s first gig on at Eric’s. Roger wouldn’t pay them so they all came running to me, saying they needed money to pay for the van. So I took them to the office and gave them twenty quid.
I love comparing the reality of today with the old utopian/dystopian sci-fi movies I grew up with, such as ‘Rollerball’, ‘Soylent Green’, ‘Planet Of The Apes’, ‘Logans Run’, etc.
The Clash were everything a band should have been at that particular point and place in music. Young, good looking, well dressed, confused and even contradictory.
Where Lexicon of Love is clean, Beauty Stab is dirty. Where the former has one of the biggest, best and brightest productions of the early 80s, the latter sounds like it was recorded quickly and will ill intent.
There aren’t even many colour pictures of Ian, they’re all black and white. Which is kind of how I’ve begun to remember it.
It was a genuine anyone-who-was-anyone-was -there-where-were-you-sucker type of gigs, one of those incredible moments that, even as you were watching it you knew it was never going to truly leave you.