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The Sound of the Suburbs: Punk Band ‘The Members’ and Bombed Out!

The Sound of the Suburbs: Punk Band ‘The Members’ and Bombed Out!

2 weeks ago
Above Photo: Nicky Tesco, lead singer of The Members. (Screenshot). UK Punk band The Members get two important references in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! First, I headed an appropriate chapter of the book after their 1979 hit The Sound of the Suburbs which got into the British charts that year, actually reaching the heady heights of Number ... Read More Thrashing Your Bishop: Toilet Sex and Bombed Out!

Thrashing Your Bishop: Toilet Sex and Bombed Out!

3 weeks ago
Above Photo: the Stanley Jefferson Pub, Bishop Auckland: Apparently gives good head (on your beer). Readers of Bombed Out! will know why I’m featuring this short press report of a serious disturbance when a couple were caught having sex in the ladies’ toilet of a pub in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. In Eric’s Punk Club in Liverpool, in the late ... Read More
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1970s Music: Symarip’s ‘Skinhead Moonstomp’.

1970s Music: Symarip’s ‘Skinhead Moonstomp’.

2 days ago
Above Photo: The single cover but not the band. Symarip released their iconic single, Skinhead Moonstomp, from an album of the same name in the 1970. Back then, being ten years old, I was too young to understand the Ska influences in the song, but they were obviously among the reasons I liked it. 1970s Skinheads. Now when I hear the song, it ... Read More David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes and THAT Video.

David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes and THAT Video.

3 days ago
David Bowie in the Pierrot Costume he wore for the video shoot. From the white noise, cranking music and unusual Japanese rapping over the top of the first album track (’It’s No Game’) I loved David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) album when I bought it in September of 1980. A classic screenshot image from the Ashes to Ashes ... Read More
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Hessy’s – 1980s Liverpool Bands’ Handy ‘Go To’ Music Shop.

Hessy’s – 1980s Liverpool Bands’ Handy ‘Go To’ Music Shop.

4 weeks ago
Above Photo: John Kirkham, Guitarist for Pink Military Stand Alone, onstage at Eric’s Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool in 1979. (Facebook) If you carry out an internet search for Frank Hessy’s music shop in Stanley Street, Liverpool, you usually see only Beatles-related photos and articles. This is because Hessy’s, being around the corner from the Cavern Club in Mathew Street, was very ... Read More Punk and New Wave Gig Photos: Ultravox Play Liverpool in 1978.

Punk and New Wave Gig Photos: Ultravox Play Liverpool in 1978.

1 month ago
Above Photo: Chris Cross and Billy Currie of Ultravox onstage in September 1978, Eric’s, Liverpool. I first saw Ultravox perform in Eric’s club Liverpool on 23 September 1978, when I took the accompanying photos. Robin Simon of Ultravox on guitar, with Chris Cross on drums in the background I’ve used some of these previously, but decided to put all the photos ... Read More
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1970s Manchester Punk Bands: Slaughter & The Dogs.

1970s Manchester Punk Bands: Slaughter & The Dogs.

1 month ago
Above Photo: The cover of Do It Dog Style, Slaughter & The Dogs’ 1978 album. One of my favourite Punk bands of the late 1970s was Slaughter & The Dogs, and as such they get a number of honorable mentions in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!. They also have special significance, as their album motivated me to learn ... Read More Play That  (1970s) Funky Music: The Commodores – Brick House and Machine Gun.

Play That (1970s) Funky Music: The Commodores – Brick House and Machine Gun.

2 months ago
Above Photo: The Commodores. The only non-Punk single I bought in 1977 was the superb Brick House, by the Commodores, a band that would later bring us the overly mawkish Three Times a Lady and others of that ilk. The Commodores superb single, ‘Brick House’. And yet they’d also delivered the fantastic single Machine Gun in 1974, which I remember ... 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.

3 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.

2 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.

6 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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