Friday, September 23, 2011

Dear Diary:1980 - June

In June, Ye Olde PC went pop and the scanner had a sympathetic breakdown - but after a summer break Dear Diary is back and we're rewinding through time to 1980...

'Acted mental' is a phrase that appears more than it should - and during school time too! Well it was the 80s. Waddya mean that's no excuse...

The Belgian trip was a deathly early start and parked up in Brugge by mid-morning, so can you imagine what grave-quaking hour I must have been pulled from my pit to set off on a rattle-about coach. Pictured below on the the Brugge run, my GStQ tee is the one bagged (at the Chelsea Drugstore) on my first King's Rd visit - 16th here


And two smashed windows in one week. First on the 15th (not mentioned) - in the Arts Festival heats. I'd been doing some wiry flailing as a fidgety impression of Johnny Rotten, miming to Satellite and somehow (God only knows how) ended up lumping a slatty ventilation window out if it's fixings, sending it shattering to the ground two floors below. We didn't qualify for the next round of heats..


Records bought included Crass (possibly Stations of the Crass ), Simon Templar/Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please - and from Woolworths, Christine when the singles were racked on the shelves in their chart positions..

Siouxsie and The Banshees - Christine



Splodgenessabounds - Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please



 Low-level (and non) charters bagged were Human League, The Plasmatics, Discharge - and the Pistols. Although just over a year on from buying my first Pistols single, and the darker, saltier antics of Crass and Discharge - fatigue from Virgin's flogging a dead horse ethics were setting in. Otherwise the charts looked like this...

Top 75 singles 

Top 75 albums






She's back - our showy chum from across the street - LOTR near the bottom. 'done 3 hours gardening'

7 comments:

davyh said...

A welcome return for the classic series. It's the incidental things I love: Weds 5th - 'Dave Wright had a nose bleed'.

OMD's 'Messages' would have been my most played thing in that singles chart. And 'Rat Race'. Didn't buy any of that punk stuff!

Mondo said...

I loved a bit of Lectro. OMD's Electricity was always on the spin. And the League too - have a peep at the top left scribble on the lined paper. H.League on Tommy Vance apparently..

Dave Wright, one of my closest friends (his name is always on the DDs) had a family which were a real set of characters. His older brother Sid made the local paper a few years back

Matthew Rudd said...

I recently re-acquired a copy of Della And The Dealer by Hoyt Axton. It was on one of my dad's country music compilation cassettes and I loved the imagery in it - a dog carrying a gun being one of them.

Really good to see the diary's return. On the 24th June 1980 I visited the RNLI station at Bridlington with my infant three year. I remember it clearly as we later had our photo in the local paper posing next to a boat, and a lad in my class whose birthday it was got to wear the lifejacket at the front.

Mondo said...

Pictures Matt, we need pictures. The Bridlington trip has got to be in a scrapbook somewhere

swiss adam said...

Hadn't realised how much I'd missed this series, living vicariously through your youth

Ishouldbeworking said...

Glad to see these back again, Mondo. I was spending quite a bit of time in your manor round about then. Brings it all back...

Ishouldbeworking said...

By the way, it just struck me as very sweet that though the bloke on Fun Factory had SAID "bollocks,mate" out loud, you would only write it in the dainty 'B-LL-CKS' form!

Still a nice young man underneath.