Punk And New Wave Vinyl On A Pub Ceiling In Belfast.
Above Photo: Record covers on the ceiling in the Spaniard Pub, Belfast, including a famous Punk album.
I’m often struck by how many Punk and New Wave influences and references I come across, even when I’m not looking for them.
When I was in Belfast recently, a friend of mine took me to a great city centre pub called The Spaniard.
Lit by candles, the pub apparently gets its name from Spanish sailors who used to sail into Belfast and drink in the area.
It was a great pub, good atmosphere, nicely decorated in a kind of Spanish tapas bar style on the ground floor, with some interesting religious iconography upstairs.
But it was only when I looked at the ceiling that I realized it had records – single and album covers, some still with the vinyl in them – stuck to the wooden ceiling.
I was intrigued when I started spotting some Punk and New Wave records amongst the James Last, Bros, A-Ha, Tiffany, Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickinson records.
There was the Never Mind The Bollocks album up there, in the pink and green version (a later US re-release). I saw a Holidays in The Sun single too (no picture sleeve though),
My camera was crap in that candle light, and some of the names on the singles/covers are indistinct and I may be missing a few, but there was Changesonebowie, David Bowie’s compilation album from 1976, Call Me by Blondie, the Psychedelic Furs’ Pretty in Pink from 1981 (which inspired the film of the same name later that decade), and I also saw a Talking Heads record cover which I can’t see on my photos, so if anyone else goes in there perhaps they can tell me what it was.
We had a great few beers in there, although I wouldn’t recommend what I did – spending too long neck-craning to check out the vinyl on the ceiling – to anyone.
Below are a couple of tracks inspired by the Spaniard’s ceiling vinyl collection – Golden Years by David Bowie, which appears on the Changesonebowie album, and Holidays in the Sun by the Sex Pistols.
The Psychedelic Furs are always a favourite of mine because, as I mention in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!, they played the last night Eric’s Punk Club in Liverpool was open in March 1980, and the lead singer had heroin planted on him by the ‘drugs’ police extortionist scum who carried out the raid.
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