The Teardrop Explodes: Autographing Single Covers at Eric’s.
Above Photo: The autographed reverse of the Teardrop Explodes Bouncing Babies single cover. (Paul Jones)
In September 1979, Paul Jones was a fresh-faced Punk well-accustomed to hanging around the dressing room door at Eric’s Club on Mathew Street, Liverpool, waiting to be let in so performing bands could sign his Punk and New Wave albums and singles he’s saved up to buy in Probe Records.
On this particular night he was armed with record sleeves by two local bands, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes, who had both played Eric’s earlier that evening. He sent me a selection of photos of his autographed covers and the Teardrop Explodes ones immediately caught my attention.
“I remember the gig because it was the only one where I got two bands to sign covers….” Paul said.
“I also nicked Ian McCulloch’s plectrum from the dressing room that night.”
I recently showed the photos of the autographed sleeves to Mick Finkler, the guitarist from Teardrop Explodes, who’d actually signed them (see above).
He said: “Ah, that takes me right back. [Drummer] Rocky Dwyer – ‘Cheers La!’ – that’s the classic signature! Look at the rest of us though, we look we’re signing a fucking will or something, clueless, no style.
Only Gary knew how to be a pop star….”