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“A Stream of Indecency” – A link between a Thomas Hardy Novel and Bombed Out!

“A Stream of Indecency” – A link between a Thomas Hardy Novel and Bombed Out!

4 days ago
Above Photo – The 18th Century Radcliffe Camera, Oxford; part of the Bodleian Library. When I was back in the UK recently I was told something that links Thomas Hardy’s novel, Jude the Obscure, to proceedings which took over 90 years later and which are graphically recounted in my ‘70s-‘80s memoir, Bombed Out! Hardy’s gritty novel in part dealt with ... Read More Two Nightmares In Wax Tracks – On You Tube.

Two Nightmares In Wax Tracks – On You Tube.

6 days 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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Photographs of 1990s Britain – in Recession.

Photographs of 1990s Britain – in Recession.

4 days ago
Above Photo: Lion Farm Estate (©Rob Clayton / www.lionfarmestate.co.uk) As chronicled in Bombed Out!, the dismal economic blight that shrouded Liverpool under Margaret Thatcher unfortunately wasn’t exclusive to that city. Other cities and towns in the UK were hit just as badly, as Thatcherism ripped out the hearts of working class communities and families all across the country. Looking back now it seemed to ... Read More 1970s Bands: The Sweet – Blockbuster and Ballroom Blitz.

1970s Bands: The Sweet – Blockbuster and Ballroom Blitz.

1 month ago
Above Photo: The Sweet in the early 1970s. 1970s glam band The Sweet get a couple of mentions in my ’70s-’80s band and music memoir, Bombed Out! As an 11 year old, I quite liked their singles Blockbuster and Ballroom Blitz (although I was less keen on Teenage Rampage), and they were a popular and influential UK band back in the ... Read More
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Punk Photos: 999 Live in Liverpool in 1978.

Punk Photos: 999 Live in Liverpool in 1978.

2 weeks ago
Above Photo: Jon Watson, 999’s bass player, up close and personal. I was a massive fan of Punk band 999, and bought their first singles – I’m Alive and Nasty Nasty in 1977. I think their 1978 singles are better than the 1977 ones, however, and two of them remain standout iconic Punk anthems: Feeling Alright with the Crew and ... Read More I Fought The Law: Bombed Out!, Rex Makin and Merseyside Police in the 1980s.

I Fought The Law: Bombed Out!, Rex Makin and Merseyside Police in the 1980s.

2 weeks ago
Above Photo: A Punk being arrested in London in 1977. To my mind, now-deceased Rex Makin’s law firm were the best criminal lawyers in Liverpool in the 1980s – they probably still are, and I’d be immediately on the phone to them if I ever needed criminal law help in the UK. I’d say that’s unlikely, but I said that ... Read More
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An Early Punk Primer: Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Album, 1973.

An Early Punk Primer: Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Album, 1973.

2 weeks ago
Above Photo: Elton John levitates onstage in 1973. An early Punk primer for me, that is… Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album gets an honorary mention in my 1970s-1980s Punk, New Wave and music memoir, Bombed Out! because I really liked it when it came out. I was only 12, mind you, but it captured my imagination and it was ... Read More The Death of Sid Vicious in New York.

The Death of Sid Vicious in New York.

2 weeks ago
Above Photo: Sid Vicious during a Sex Pistols gig in 1978. It doesn’t feel that long ago when I first heard of the death of Sid Vicious in New York at the tender age of 21 (him not me; I was even tenderer, having just turned seventeen). I recount the circumstances in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!, ... Read More
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‘Class War’ In British Culture.

‘Class War’ In British Culture.

2 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 ‘The Night Punk Was Officially Born in the USA’ – When the Damned Played CBGBs.

‘The Night Punk Was Officially Born in the USA’ – When the Damned Played CBGBs.

5 months ago
Above Photo: The Damned pose in front of the World Trade Centre in 1977. The above headline is a quote from Binky Philips, a US Punk who was there the night The Damned played their first gig at CBGB’s, New York, in April 1977. I read an interesting article he wrote about that momentous gig and the impact he felt ... 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.

4 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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Two Nightmares In Wax Tracks – On You Tube.

Two Nightmares In Wax Tracks – On You Tube.

6 days 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 Exclusive: Pete Burns, Nightmares In Wax And Another Unheard Demo – Black Leather.

Exclusive: Pete Burns, Nightmares In Wax And Another Unheard Demo – Black Leather.

1 month ago
Above Photo: Pete Burns at a Nightmares in Wax gig at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, February 1980. (© Mick Reid) First posted after Pete Burns’ death in 2016. There have been lots of nice things said about Pete Burns since his shock death last week. As is often the way in death, the more-hidden, humane and decent characteristics of a person ... Read More
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