Bombed Out’s Real Life Locations: Nightmares’ Bass Player Doubles As Night Watchman.
Above Photo: One of the gigs I played, having arranged cover that night at the watchman’s hut – Nightmares in Wax play at Eric’s, March 1980. (© Mick Reid).
Reader of Bombed Out! will know that I once worked as a night watchman in a transport yard in Boundary Street, off Liverpool’s Dock Road, during the time I was also playing bass in Nightmares in Wax.
It was an unusual time for sure, especially as I was doing 12 hour shifts with no toilet (or other amenities) in that yard. It was also incongruous because I had to arrange cover when Nightmares played gigs anywhere, as I hadn’t told anyone in the band I was working nights.
- So I was pleased to recently discover these photos on my last visit home. They show the very same red watchman’s hut in the yard of what was then called David Rees & Co, taken in the late 1980s. (They’re photos of photos, hence not fantastic quality).
I first commenced my serious studying in this hut in late 1979, although I later had to resign when I did something incredibly stupid, which made the story told in Bombed Out! considerably more difficult for me.
The hut has long been destroyed and a new company now occupies the site, but back then it was a busy haulage yard servicing the docks, before David Rees fell victim to the vicious 1980s recession and went bust, throwing many people out of work.
This Nightmares track always reminds me of working there:
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