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British ‘Punk’ Films: Awaydays v. Bombed Out.

British ‘Punk’ Films: Awaydays v. Bombed Out.

4 days ago
The Poster for Awaydays. I recently watched a British Independent film called Awaydays, which stars a highly bankable Liverpool actor, Stephen Graham, who also brilliantly played Al Capone in HBO’s Atlantic Boardwalk. Awaydays has been described as a coming of age film, taking place in the Punk era (at the start of the film it establishes the action as taking ... Read More Bass Guitars and Dildos…

Bass Guitars and Dildos…

5 days ago
 Above Photo: Fleet Street London, Site of Another Shocking Sight. Bass playing obviously features in a major way in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!, and I’m always interested in bass-related stories in the news. Such as the present one, when a motorist was photographed playing his bass whilst driving down a busy road in Chichester, West Sussex ... Read More
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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.

10 hours 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 British ‘Punk’ Films: Awaydays v. Bombed Out.

British ‘Punk’ Films: Awaydays v. Bombed Out.

4 days ago
The Poster for Awaydays. I recently watched a British Independent film called Awaydays, which stars a highly bankable Liverpool actor, Stephen Graham, who also brilliantly played Al Capone in HBO’s Atlantic Boardwalk. Awaydays has been described as a coming of age film, taking place in the Punk era (at the start of the film it establishes the action as taking ... Read More
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Dexys Midnight Runners – The London Video Locations of Come On Eileen.

Dexys Midnight Runners – The London Video Locations of Come On Eileen.

4 weeks ago
Above Photo: “Things round here have changed” – Kevin Rowland in a screen capture from the Come On Eileen video, dancing outside Vi’s Stores. I watched the video to Dexys Midnight Runners’ Come On Eileen single recently, and then went on Google Street View to locate some of the locations shown in the video. Low resolution screen capture of the ... Read More Real Life Locations in Bombed Out!: St John’s Gardens, Liverpool.

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

2 months 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
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Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: Tears of A Clown.

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: Tears of A Clown.

1 day ago
 Above Photo: Smokey Robinson performing Tears of a Clown (Screenshot) Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ ‘Tears of a Clown’ gets an honourable mention in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!  because the song was in the UK charts in 1976, which is about the time I was dancing to it in local discos in Liverpool (a terrible sight, believe me). ... Read More Bands And Legal Bust-Ups: The Great UB40 Name Lawsuit.

Bands And Legal Bust-Ups: The Great UB40 Name Lawsuit.

1 week ago
Above Photo: Grim scenes I still remember – signing on in Thatcher’s 1980s Britain (© Paul Graham) The number of lawsuits associated with Punk and New Wave bands continues to amaze. As mentioned in my Punk memoir, Bombed Out! I liked some early stuff by UB40, especially on their first two albums, Signing Off and Present Arms (the dub version of which ... 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.

8 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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Punk v Disco. Saturday Night Fever & Bombed Out!

Punk v Disco. Saturday Night Fever & Bombed Out!

2 weeks 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.

7 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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