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‘An Embarrassment’ – New York Celebrities ‘Do’ Punk.

‘An Embarrassment’ – New York Celebrities ‘Do’ Punk.

9 hours ago
Above Photo: Sarah Jessica Parker wearing I don’t know what. I recently wrote about the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2013 Punk/Fashion exhibition called ‘PUNK: Chaos to Couture’ (see link at the end of this article). But she did try with the mohican headdress… So imagine my dismay when I realised there’d also been a “Punk-themed” Gala to mark ... Read More Career Opportunities: Liverpool bands, Signing-On and the DHSS.

Career Opportunities: Liverpool bands, Signing-On and the DHSS.

1 day ago
Above Photo: Me playing bass with Pink Military in March 1979, at Eric’s Club, Liverpool. (I know it’s that month because I still have my crappy second-hand shop bass I learnt on. And that’s a red plectrum in my mouth, not a thick lip – or lipstick…) I was amused to come across a note I’d made in the spring ... Read More
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Liverpool Band Rehearsal Tracks. Pink Military Stand Alone: ‘Spellbound’. October 1979, Temple Court, Liverpool.

Liverpool Band Rehearsal Tracks. Pink Military Stand Alone: ‘Spellbound’. October 1979, Temple Court, Liverpool.

2 weeks ago
Pink Military Stand Alone (L to R – John Kirkham, me and Jayne Casey, shown, Paul Hornby and John Tuite not shown) onstage at Eric’s in April 1979. Back in October 1979, after I’d been playing bass in Pink Military for nine months, I noted in my diary that it wasn’t just growing dark on the streets of Liverpool and in ... Read More A Link Between 1980s Liverpool Band Nightmares in Wax, The Rolling Stones and Delia Smith.

A Link Between 1980s Liverpool Band Nightmares in Wax, The Rolling Stones and Delia Smith.

4 weeks ago
Above Photo: Nightmares in Wax guitarist, Mick Reid, creating a stir of his own in 1980, at a gig in Liverpool. The below cover to the Rolling Stones 1969 album, Let It Bleed, shows the record being played by an antique record player arm, while above it, some unusual items are stacked like records ready to play once the present ... Read More
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Bombed Out’s Real Life Locations: Nightmares’ Bass Player Doubles As Night Watchman.

Bombed Out’s Real Life Locations: Nightmares’ Bass Player Doubles As Night Watchman.

4 days ago
Above Photo: One of the gigs I played, having arranged cover that night at the watchman’s hut – Nightmares in Wax play at Eric’s, March 1980. (© Mick Reid). Reader of Bombed Out! will know that I once worked as a night watchman in a transport yard in Boundary Street, off Liverpool’s Dock Road, during the time I was also playing bass ... Read More The Worst Gig Photography EVER?

The Worst Gig Photography EVER?

3 weeks ago
A headless me, aged 17, playing my first ever gig with Pink Military at Eric’s in 1979. Pink Military Stand Alone played at Eric’s Club, Liverpool, on the 10th March 1979. It was my first Eric’s gig with the band, and we were supporting Punishment of Luxury, who I really liked  and who were a fantastic live band, so I ... Read More
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Punks on the Tube: Joe Strummer.

Punks on the Tube: Joe Strummer.

1 week ago
I really like this photo of the Clash’s Joe Strummer, which was taken on a London Underground tube in 1981. It was taken by Herbie Yamaguchi, who nervously approached Strummer asking could he take his photo. Strummer was more than happy to oblige, telling Yamaguchi: “You should take photos of whatever you want. That’s Punk.” Obviously that was in the days before the Scourge of the Paparazzi…. Buy a signed copy of Bombed Out! here: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/buybook.php October 1978: Sid Vicious Arrested for the Murder of Nancy Spungen in New York.

October 1978: Sid Vicious Arrested for the Murder of Nancy Spungen in New York.

2 weeks ago
Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols’ Bass Player. As mentioned in my Punk and New Wave Memoir, Bombed Out!, when I first got into Punk and was learning to play the bass, Sid Vicious was an unlikely hero of mine. Yeah, he was all Punk and all Attitude, but that wasn’t why I admired him. I admired him because he could ... Read More
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‘Class War’ in Bands, Music and The Arts in Britain.

‘Class War’ in Bands, Music and The Arts in Britain.

9 months ago
Above Photo, Seagulls fighting over discarded chips in England (© Martin Parr). The below is an edited version of a superb article which is highly relevant to the period of musical creativity in Britain described in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! By Stuart Maconie, it was published in the New Statesman, and was called ‘The privileged ... Read More Medieval Beast Banter: An Unorthodox Approach To Art History.

Medieval Beast Banter: An Unorthodox Approach To Art History.

2 years ago
Above Photo: This boar thought he had it under control but he did not. Although not much to do with my Punk and New Wave Memoir, Bombed Out!, someone recently sent me an article called “44 Medieval Beasts That Cannot Even Handle It Right Now” by Tom Phillips on the website www.buzzfeed.com. I thought it was excellent: the depth of research to find ... Read More
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Our Award-Winning Short Film, Clueless? Now On You Tube.

Our Award-Winning Short Film, Clueless? Now On You Tube.

3 years ago
Above Photo: Joy Villanueva, Byron Bishop, Peter Alan Lloyd and Sahajak Boonthanakit at the SOHO Film Festival closing party in New York (Copyright: John Nacion Imaging) I’m pleased to announce that we have finally loaded our award-winning short film, Clueless? onto You Tube. It runs for 11 minutes. Sahajak, Peter and Byron looking a little less refined on the set. ... Read More


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Punk v Disco. Saturday Night Fever & Bombed Out!

Punk v Disco. Saturday Night Fever & Bombed Out!

1 month ago
Above Photo: John Travolta as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever. In an effort to tidy up the manuscript, I chopped out some paragraphs in the final draft of my Punk and New Wave Memoir, Bombed Out!  One of them included comment on the massive worldwide success of the 1978 Disco film, Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta. Who hasn’t been ... Read More Two New Nightmares In Wax Tracks On You Tube.

Two New Nightmares In Wax Tracks On You Tube.

8 months ago
Mick Reid, Pete Burns and I onstage at Eric’s Club, Liverpool at a Nightmares in Wax gig in early 1980. (© David Bailey) My friend and former Nightmares in Wax guitarist, Mick Reid, recently posted another couple of previously-unheard NIW rehearsal tracks to You Tube (see link below). They were recorded in our rehearsal space in the basement of 8 ... Read More
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