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Punks and Booze: Carlsberg Special Brew.

Punks and Booze: Carlsberg Special Brew.

Above Photo: Rat Scabies, Sid Vicious, Nancy Spungen and Glen Matlock boozing backstage at the Camden Ballroom in 1978 (© Denis O’Regan).

During my research for my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! was interested to come across a few photos of Punks and bands drinking Carlsberg Special Brew. I love the stuff, although I certainly wasn’t drinking it back in 1977/1979, unfortunately, as it was too expensive.

First I discovered this photo of The Adverts at (someone else’s) gig in 1977, drinking cans of it.

Punk gig 1977 the adverts drinking carlsberg Special brew Bombed Out a punk and new wave book about the music and life in the 1980s

The Adverts watch a band while imbibing their favourite tipple.

Then I discovered an ominous photo of a night’s boozing by Sid Vicious, Nancy Spungen and (then) Johnny Rotten in his flat in 1977, where Sid has a can of Special Brew in one hand and a knife at Nancy’s throat with the other.

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen play with a knife and drinking carlsberg Special brew Bombed Out a punk and new wave book about the music and life in the 1980s

Sid and Nancy, in some booze-related horseplay whilst drinking Carlsberg Special Brew at Johnny Rotten’s flat in 1977. (© Pierre Benain)

Obviously  that image that must have had Carlsberg Marketing Executives in panic mode only a few months later, when Nancy was stabbed to death in the room she shared with Sid Vicious in New York.

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen and Johnny Rotten drinking carlsberg Special brew Bombed Out a punk and new wave book about the music and life in the 1980s

Another photo of Sid and Nancy on the Special Brew at Johnny Rotten’s flat in 1977. Ironically, cans of Long Life are on the floor. (© Pierre Benain)

And finally I was amused to see this 1980 photo of Pete Burns, not then a Punk for sure, but New Wave Musician definitely, with a can of Special brew on the floor of the Nightmares In Wax rehearsal room in Liverpool.

pete burns nightmares in wax dead or alive 1980s bands rehearsal with carlsberg Special brew can in shot Bombed Out a punk and new wave book about the music and life in the 1980s

Pete Burns rehearses in Nightmares in Wax, 1980, Liverpool, with a can of Carlsberg Special Brew on the floor. (© David Bailey).

I was in the room when that photo was taken, as I was playing bass for the band back then, and I can never remember anyone drinking in the rehearsal room when I was in either Pink Military or Nightmares In Wax, so it may have been left by a thirsty roadie after a gig.

Or another band looking for musical inspiration after getting blitzed on strong lager…

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