Locations referred to in Bombed Out! – Liverpool’s Pier Head.
Above Photo: The Liver Buildings at Liverpool’s Pier Head on a foggy night (Pinterest)
Liverpool’s Pier Head is an important location in my Punk and New Wave Memoir, Bombed Out!
I recently came across a few photos depicting the Pier Head in very cold or miserable conditions which is how I experienced it a lot of the time, particularly walking home on cold winters’ nights, having watched Punk and New Wave bands perform at Eric’s Club on Mathew Street in the late 1970s and early ’80s.
It wasn’t always cold; in the spring and summer months of 1979, my girlfriend and I would stay up all night and watch dawn break over the river Mersey at the Pier Head, after a night at the club, as we’d usually spent our taxi fare on booze.
Other times , especially after band rehearsals, I’d buy tea or coffee and sit in the smoky warmth of the Pier Head café, while waiting for a bus home. This cafe was also a great place to hang out, especially when I was playing in the bands and needed to stay in town for a few hours before a gig or before going on to Eric’s to see bands playing later that night.
Back then, going home and coming back into town again by public transport was a prohibitively costly and time-consuming option, and it was cheaper to spend time in the cafe nursing a hot drink on a cold winter’s day.