Ex Post Facto’s Christine Clarke and a Life-Changing Punk Relationship.
Christine Clarke of Ex-Post Facto (flikr)
Christine Clarke of 1980s Liverpool band Ex Post Facto gets many references in Bombed Out!
When we first met as teenagers in local Liverpool discos, we were the same age, our birthdays were only days apart, but she was much more mature than I was, as well as being beautiful, sexy and way, way out of my league.
But back in 1978, I had a secret weapon: Punk. And I ruthlessly deployed it. Christine liked it too, so using that as common ground, we became closer, as I punched above my weight, relationship-wise, for the first time in my life.
Soon we were spending lots of time skiving school together, listening to Punk records; and she was there when I began learning to play bass, jamming along to Siouxsie and the Banshees, Eater, Slaughter & The Dogs and Sex Pistols records when I was 16.
I vividly recall one dark winter’s afternoon, playing along to the track Switch by the Banshees just after I’d bought The Scream album, when I should have been at school, as Christine lay on the bed listening to me.
As mentioned in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!, Christine significantly changed the course of my life, twice, in a very short space of time, by pressuring me to do things I was totally reluctant to do.
The first was to go to night-time Eric’s Punk club as a paying punter for the first time, and the second was to call about an advert in Probe Records for a bass player for Liverpool band Pink Military Stand Alone, who we’d seen, surprise surprise, on that first ever trip to night-time Eric’s, so I knew I could play all their songs, even though I was a totally crap, novice bass player, and they were one of Liverpool’s top New Wave bands.
Later Christine went on to form a band called Ex-Post-Facto, with her then-boyfriend Frank Sparks, and they brought out an EP called Oceanic Explorers, which had a great track on it (below).
I saw them live in the early 1980s in The Warehouse, a club in Liverpool, where they played an outstanding set. I thought they were destined for great things, but the band split up a while later.
I’m happy to say I’m still in touch with Christine today.
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