The Worst Gig Photography EVER?
A headless me, aged 17, playing my first ever gig with Pink Military at Eric’s in 1979.
Pink Military Stand Alone played at Eric’s Club, Liverpool, on the 10th March 1979. It was my first Eric’s gig with the band, and we were supporting Punishment of Luxury, who I really liked and who were a fantastic live band, so I was doubly excited.
I said to a friend, “Do you want to come to our gig, I’ll put you on the guest list and all you have to do is to take some photos of the bands onstage with my camera.”
“I can do that,” he said.
As anyone who ever tried taking photos at gigs back then knows, maybe 1 out of 10 photos was worth keeping. But my friend surpassed these odds, and every single one of a roll of 36 photos looked like this. All of us headless, or out of focus, or indiscriminate body parts and items of clothing flash-photo’d right in front of the camera.
I threw them all out except these two, which I kept for posterity, and I recently discovered them when I accessed my hoard of band, Punk and New Wave memorabilia back in the UK recently.
My response to my friend’s photographic efforts is best left unrecorded, but I never again asked him to come to a gig armed with my camera, although I did keep putting him on the guest list, on the basis that he wouldn’t take any photos.
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This is a great punishment of Luxury track – Engine of Excess, which they played that night.