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A Link Between 1980s Liverpool Band Nightmares in Wax, The Rolling Stones and Delia Smith.

A Link Between 1980s Liverpool Band Nightmares in Wax, The Rolling Stones and Delia Smith.

Above Photo: Nightmares in Wax guitarist, Mick Reid, creating a stir of his own in 1980, at a gig in Liverpool.

The below cover to the Rolling Stones 1969 album, Let It Bleed, shows the record being played by an antique record player arm, while above it, some unusual items are stacked like records ready to play once the present record finishes.

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The cover to the Rolling Stones 1969 album, Let It Bleed

Among these items is a cake, which was designed and actually baked by a then-unknown chef called Delia Smith.

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Let’s be ‘Avin’ You! A young Delia Smith sups with a big spoon.

As mentioned in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!, when I was playing bass in Nightmares In Wax in 1980, the band’s guitarist was Mick Reid, whom I later discovered left the band a week after I did, and who subsequently enrolled at Art College.

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The cover to ‘Aargh it’s an Alien!’, written by Karen Wallace, illustrated by Mick Reid.

Always a Rolling Stones fan, Mick went on to become a successful book illustrator, and included among the hundreds of published titles he has under his belt is this one: ‘Aargh, it’s an Alien!’ by Karen Wallace (A&C Black 2004)

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Page 27 of the book.

He told me he would sometimes amuse himself by hiding quirky items in his illustrations and lo and behold, examining it closely, what do you find in one of the drawings on page 27?

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The smoking gun…or Delia’s cake.

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And to end, two tracks off the album – the first being one of my favourite Stones’ tracks.

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  1. Rob Meyers

    Great Book Michael! I ordered it just last week, and it arrived through Amazon. I look forward to, one day, the Nightmares In Wax Graphic Novel !!! ‘Nightmares on Mathew Street’, now that would be something….

    Rob

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