Liverpool Band Rehearsal Tracks. Pink Military Stand Alone: ‘Spellbound’. October 1979, Temple Court, Liverpool.
Pink Military Stand Alone (L to R – John Kirkham, me and Jayne Casey, shown, Paul Hornby and John Tuite not shown) onstage at Eric’s in April 1979.
Back in October 1979, after I’d been playing bass in Pink Military for nine months, I noted in my diary that it wasn’t just growing dark on the streets of Liverpool and in St John’s Gardens as winter approached. As the days drew in, I also felt my time in the band was rapidly drawing to a close.
I was right too, and I write about this period in detail in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!
Still, on the whole I’d massively enjoyed my time in Pink Military, especially rehearsing, and I absolutely loved playing live. But something just didn’t feel right as October progressed, and one evening towards the end, I brought a ghetto blaster into the Temple Court warehouse where we rehearsed, and recorded our set, solely for posterity.
Prior to using Temple Court, we’d been rehearsing inside Eric’s for months, which I also really enjoyed; being down there in the daytime and having the place almost to ourselves.
The track featured below is called Spellbound. A different version also featured on the band’s Blood and Lipstick EP which was released earlier in 1979. The recording isn’t fantastic quality, but I think this period of the band’s musical history was its best (although I would say that, wouldn’t I?).
It was recorded on a Hitachi stereo recorder in a cavernous warehouse, using just an external microphone. Put like that it actually sounds pretty good.
Thanks to the musicians on the recording, who are: Jayne Casey (vocals), John Tuite (keyboards), Peter Alan Lloyd (Bass), Colin Fox (drums) and Steve (guitar).
All the photos in the video are of bands onstage at Eric’s Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool (with just a couple of obvious exceptions), celebrating one of the most important Punk and New Wave clubs in the world.
Thanks also to the copyright holders of these images (where I could identify them), including Dave Eaton, Mick Finkler, Mark Nick Jordan, Francesco Mellina, Martin Why, Roy Williams, Hilary Steele, Julie Foy Clark, Tom Neyland, RF Lewis, Lofty Varsteiner and John Hawkins. Anyone I’ve missed just let me know and I’ll add you.
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