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1978: Teenage Punks, The Buzzcocks and ‘Oh Shit’…

1978: Teenage Punks, The Buzzcocks and ‘Oh Shit’…

5 days ago
Above Photo: (The only) Two Members of Punk Band Plastic Orgasm, in early 1978. Ged Allen on the left, me on the right. The above photo was taken in the doorway of my bedroom in Liverpool in January or February 1978. It shows my fellow Punk band member Ged Allen and I posing for a badly taken shot, which I ... Read More “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!

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

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

2 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 1970s Music: Symarip’s ‘Skinhead Moonstomp’.

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

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

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

3 months 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.

3 months 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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Ruck The Cash Bar: Liverpool Band Glass Torpedoes Gets Into It With Pub Bouncers.

Ruck The Cash Bar: Liverpool Band Glass Torpedoes Gets Into It With Pub Bouncers.

3 days ago
Above Photo: The cover to the Glass Torpedoes Single ‘Someone Different’. One of the most iconic record covers from any Liverpool band of the late 1970s and early 1980s is the cover of the Glass Torpedoes single, ‘Someone Different’. Designed by Dave Brown, a Liverpool graphic designer, the cover shows two bouncers from Eric’s punk club in Mathew Street, Liverpool, ... Read More 1990s London Band Envy – Th’ Faith Healers and What The FUCK?!

1990s London Band Envy – Th’ Faith Healers and What The FUCK?!

2 months ago
Above Photo: Th’ Faith Healers. In the early 1990s, long after my own bass-playing days in Liverpool bands were over (which period is vividly recounted in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!), I was walking home with my girlfriend having seen a band in the Town and Country Club in Camden, London. At a gig in the early ... 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.

5 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.

4 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.

8 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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