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It’s Official: Morrissey WAS in Punk Band Slaughter and The Dogs (But Only Briefly)…

It’s Official: Morrissey WAS in Punk Band Slaughter and The Dogs (But Only Briefly)…

1 day ago
Above Photo: Incontrovertible Proof? Not Quite. Just an Artist’s Impression of Morrissey Doing It Dog Style. I’m a big fan of The Smiths and of Morrissey as an artist. In fact the only piece of post-Punk and New Wave band memorabilia I have is this long sleeved T shirt bought at a Morrissey gig in London in 1992, which I ... Read More Indeep’s 1982 Single: Last Night a DJ Saved My Life.

Indeep’s 1982 Single: Last Night a DJ Saved My Life.

1 week ago
Indeep’s 1982 classic chart hit, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, receives a well-deserved mention in the pages of my Punk and New Wave Memoir, Bombed Out! chiefly because I fancied the two female singers, especially Rajane Magloire (better known to me for the past 30 odd years – until I researched this article – as the woman in ... Read More
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The Dangers of Going To Punk Gigs: Generation X and Sham 69 in Birmingham.

The Dangers of Going To Punk Gigs: Generation X and Sham 69 in Birmingham.

1 week ago
Above Photo: Generation X onstage in the late 1970s. My Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! focuses on the music scene and unemployment from my perspective in Liverpool back then, but all around the country the same thing was happening as the lives of working class kids were ignited by Punk. I noticed while doing some research recently that there ... Read More 1975 in Disco Music: Van McCoy’s ‘The Hustle’.

1975 in Disco Music: Van McCoy’s ‘The Hustle’.

3 months ago
Above Photo: Van McCoy’s Disco Baby album, which featured The Hustle. Van McCoy’s ‘The Hustle’ is one of my Sounds of the ‘Seventies, taking me right back to youth club discos in Liverpool and an unshakeable belief in my appalling fashion sense. Chuck in some Hi Karate aftershave – or Brut, if I was lucky, and you’ve got me just ... Read More
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Real Life Locations in Bombed Out!: St John’s Gardens, Liverpool.

Real Life Locations in Bombed Out!: St John’s Gardens, Liverpool.

4 days ago
Above Photo St John’s Gardens, Liverpool. One of my favourite places in Liverpool city centre is a small patch of greenery called St John’s Gardens. In Bombed Out!, my Punk and New Wave memoir, the gardens are an important location, as so much of my time in the bands was spent there back in 1979 and the early 1980s. St George’s Hall, seen from ... Read More An Unusual Link Between The Ramones, The Beatles and Mathew Street, Liverpool.

An Unusual Link Between The Ramones, The Beatles and Mathew Street, Liverpool.

5 days ago
Above Photo: The Ramones play live at Eric’s Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool (Ian Dickson). Now, unbelievably, all dead, the Ramones formed in New York in 1974 (where they all attended the same Forest Hills high school as Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, incidentally). Tommy Ramone on Mathew Street, posing in front of Eric’s gig flyers on the wall behind him. ... Read More
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“Never Mind The Molluscs”: Weird Creatures Named After Punk and New Wave Bands.

“Never Mind The Molluscs”: Weird Creatures Named After Punk and New Wave Bands.

5 hours ago
Above Photo: I know Madonna’s neither Punk nor New Wave but I couldn’t resist…. Not really relevant to my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!, I was still amused to recently read about a sea snail that had been named after Joe Strummer. So I did a bit of research to see which other Punk and New Wave bands ... Read More The Simpsons Soundtrack Goes Punk (Well, New Wave…).

The Simpsons Soundtrack Goes Punk (Well, New Wave…).

3 days ago
Above Photo: Mary of the Fourth Form? Bart Simpson in Punk Resuscitation Shock. Originally shown in the US in 2011-2012, I’m only now getting around to watching Season 23 of The Simpsons on DVD, and I have already noticed some interesting things about its musical direction. The Police: Walking on the Moon. It immediately surprised me in Episode 1, when Homer ... 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.

6 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.

1 year 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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Two New Nightmares In Wax Tracks On You Tube.

Two New Nightmares In Wax Tracks On You Tube.

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

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

9 months ago
Above Photo: Pete Burns at a Nightmares in Wax gig at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, February 1980. (© Mick Reid) 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 are emphasized and highlighted by a broad spectrum ... Read More
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