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reWRITING THE INDIE CONSTITUTION

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

gaye bykers on acid | telford | 1987

gaye bykers on acid | everythang's groovy

there was a pub that a lot of people from sixth form went to called (i think) pisces.
i didn't drink alcohol in my teens (i didn't start until i was 20) and, being a rather weedy indie-kid, i was always too nervous and afraid to go in.
after all it was full of guys in black and purple wearing mission or sisters of mercy t-shirts and girls with dangerously back-combed hair and doc martens.

but one evening gaye bykers on acid were coming to town and a couple of people i knew from college said they were going and they'd meet me in the pub.
so, feeling very uncomfortable, i went in.

the barman was wearing a balaam & the angel t-shirt.
i kid you not.
it was that kind of place.

as i walked further into the pub it was like that scene from "american werewolf in london" where the hitch-hikers go into "the slaughtered lamb".
everyone looked at me.
even the jukebox seemed to stop playing.
i knew quite a lot of the faces in there and they knew me yet not a single person acknowledged me.
so i walked back out.
it's the only time i ever went in and it lasted 2 minutes at the most.

in the end i went down to the venue that GBoA were playing and went in there early, bought a glass of coke and sat in a corner feeling very very nervous that someone would ask me how old i was.

it seemed like a long long time before the band came on stage and they weren't really worth the wait.
the excitement that was their first (and best) record became a muddy metal workout live.
i didn't even stay to the end.
i did however make my first sighting of the man who was later to become the drummer in my next band after the colgates.

he was asleep on the front of the stage throughout the bykers' set.

7 Comments:

  • At 1:27 AM, Blogger Tom said…

    My sister once slept all the way through Spacemen 3 at the now sadly long gone George Robey!

    I saw GBOA once. First single was good but that was it!

     
  • At 2:33 PM, Blogger Shropshire Lad said…

    Literally stumbled across this slice of history and it brought a mountain of memories back. As a Pisces regular I can say that it helped me realise there was more to life! Went to that shoddy GBOA gig and the 'worst all dayer'!The Colgates....hmmm. May have shared a stage in a church hall with you somewhere. - exiled 80's Wellington indie kid now in Santiago de Chile wanabrew@hotmail.com

     
  • At 1:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As another ex Telford indie kid, I can confidently say that the reason everyone went in Pisces was the substances stronger than alcohol available amongst its rather intimidating clientele...

    BigAl

     
  • At 1:36 AM, Blogger crayola said…

    oh i see.
    i didn't know things like that existed back then.
    poor sap that i was.

     
  • At 3:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We used to go in groups from New College on a Friday night. Straight in, buy one drink, get what you wanted then straight out.

    The Ironmasters was scarier though, and also frequented for much the same reason...

    BigAl

     
  • At 3:56 AM, Blogger crayola said…

    *shudders*

    'ere - email me: wearesarandon@gmail.com

    you still live around telford?

     
  • At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i was working down in telford and was going to that gig,but ended up in scotland.the weekend before i stopped at a girls house after a party some where on a small housing estate.i think the pub you mention is where i went full of punks goths .back in 87 i had dreadlocks and was head to toe in smelly old leathers.ahh good days.

     

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