Career Opportunities: Liverpool bands, Signing-On and the DHSS.
Above Photo: Me playing bass with Pink Military in March 1979, at Eric’s Club, Liverpool. (I know it’s that month because I still have my crappy second-hand shop bass I learnt on. And that’s a red plectrum in my mouth, not a thick lip – or lipstick…)
I was amused to come across a note I’d made in the spring of 1979 about a job interview, which I discovered in my box of Punk/band memorabilia recently.
It was written around the same time as my first Pink Military gigs in March of that year (see above photo) and related to an interview I was forced to attend, having missed a couple already.
Back then almost every member of Punk and New Wave bands not signed to a record company was signing on. Especially in Liverpool and Manchester.
At that time, the DHSS (Department of Health and Social Security) gave you three chances to attend a job interview, and if you failed to go to any, they’d cut your dole money, as you were obviously not serious about finding a job. So this one they made me to go to, but I had by then devised a great scheme to sabotage it.
It was also amusing to find the note because not only do I mention this interview in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!, but I also have a scene in the fictional screenplay of the book which deals with exactly the same interview, which of course goes spectacularly badly…
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And to end, what could be better than this Clash track: