The Sound of the Suburbs: Punk Band ‘The Members’ and Bombed Out!
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 12.
But The Members also played an unwitting personal role in the book too, because it was at a Members gig in Eric’s Club on Mathew Street in Liverpool, that I finally plucked up the courage to speak to a gorgeous girl I’d seen down there, called Liz, who I’d been clocking for a few weeks but I was too self-conscious to actually go up and speak to her.
It was a Saturday night – the 5th May 1979 – when I finally got up the courage to approach her, just before The Members went onstage. However the encounter didn’t go as well as I’d expected.
In the book, Liz recalled our first conversation:
Happily, after that shaky start, Liz became my girlfriend, a role she persevered in all the way through the unlikely events described in detail in the book.
And I’m happy to say we’re still friends, 36 years later.
This is the Members greatest hit – Sound of the Suburbs, which they perform on Top of the Pops.