Me in my Mad Max Factor/Southend R.O.C.K period
(note tasteful band logo on left arm - and missing tuner on guitar head)
In a past life I was once the guitarist for a glammy band called The Ladykillers (dreadful name, not my idea). I say glam, it was more of a post-goth, pre-grebo garagey rock 'n' racket affair really (a local paper once did a piece on us claiming ‘They’re Glam, They’re pop, They’re Punk’ – which sort of nails it I suppose). Based in Southend and on the scene at the same time as, and crossing paths with an early era My Life Story – we seemed to get the support slots for any visiting rocky horrors and lower league goth monsters that put a buckle booted foot into the Essex area - a few incidents from my rock date diaries include.....
Two encounters with Zodiac Mindwarp (which you can read about on page 43 of this month’s The Word)
Our second only live date, (with Mal from My Life Story helping out on bass), supporting Flesh For Lulu to a pre-health and safety elastic capacity Pink Toothbrush, where the icy tinkles and cinematic style keyboard intro was blitzed by the drum machine's improv' Drum and Bass meltdown.
The third gig at a local youth club on the night it was populated by German exchange students – the only ones that danced. In a moment of randomness we’d hired a dry ice machine for this gig, not a popular move with the Middle-Aged-Ladies that ran the club – the amount of puff pumped from this rent-a-gadget gave the effect of being smothered by a creeping indoor fog. Cue a stage invasion from the M-A-L’s with damp dishcloths to smother the smoke “it’s no good they can’t see a thing in the ping-pong room” or some such was the cry.
Having a gun pulled on us at Harlow. Someone fainting in Romford.
And the gig where the above pic' was taken - supporting Ghostdance in Chelmsford (which must qualify as the least rock 'n' roll phrase in human history) an experience not dissimilar to playing to an audience of Autons, until the drums turned to shrapnel and went a’rolling around the stage mid-set. These were patched up gaffer tape and Meccano style, we carried on with the set and the crowd literally went wild - I've got a video of this gig and the audience go from musical statues to wild things in the space of two songs..
It just took a collapsing drum kit and couple of covers to defrost the good people of Chelmsford, two tunes that were regulars in our set and fairly reflective of our 'angle'...
Iggy Pop - Funtime
Adam and The Ants - Fall In
And of course this - a show closer from the first gig to the last..
The Where Are They Now Epilogue....
(Well, the ones I know about anyway)
The Singer works in the entertainment industry
The Keyboard player is a Professor at Leicester University
Bass player number 4 - is a soundman and plays in Cult tribute band Pure Cult
Drummer number 2 - is a professional drummmer and in a T Rex tribute band Too Rex
Mark Ellen - reads part of my Zodiac Mindwarp Experience - right here at 6 mins 30 secs