Bombed Out! 1980s Liverpool Bands – The Eric’s Diaries.

Bombed Out! 1980s Liverpool Bands – The Eric’s Diaries.

Above Photo: Bombed Out! Punk Art Poster by Martin Why of Bombsite Magazine, referencing Margaret Thatcher and one of her favourite slogans of the time.

For more articles on Punk, New Wave, 1970s and 1980s Liverpool bands and music, visit my website dedicated to it: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/

Back in 1979 and 1980 when I was in Liverpool bands and working, playing and hanging out in Eric’s Club on Mathew Street, I began keeping a diary, starting it two days after the Conservatives had won the 1979 general Election, although the two events weren’t linked at the time.

Besides the diaries, I often made detailed notes after particularly memorable gigs, incidents and events during the time I spent in Liverpool bands Pink Military Stand Alone (9 months) and a few months in Nightmares in Wax, and I came across all these resources on a trip back to Liverpool a while ago.

My main 1979 diary, overlain with a graphic for Bombed Out! by Martin Why.

My 1979 basic diary, overlain with a graphic for Bombed Out! 

It has been mostly on the basis of these documents that I’ve written Bombed Out!, my now-finished memoir of life passing through late ’70s and early ’80s Liverpool, Eric’s, bands and beyond. Thanks to modern-day social media I have also received considerable assistance from people I was in bands with and who I knew in Eric’s all those years ago, whose feedback has added balance to the 35 year-old ravings and over-reactions of a 17 year-old band member describing life and jobbing band struggles back in the day.

The Eric's Annex - the Grapes on Mathew Street in the late 1970s (inacityliving).

The Eric’s Annex – the Grapes on Mathew Street in the late 1970s (inacityliving).

I mostly had a fantastic time during the years I was in the bands and working in and hanging out around Eric’s, on Mathew Street and on the streets of Liverpool city centre. Even when it was bad and I was flat broke I learned valuable lessons for later life.

You're not pissed - it's deliberately blurred. My entries from late December 1979.

You’re not pissed – it’s deliberately blurred. My entries from late December 1979.

As a piece of Liverpool music and social history Bombed Out! is an interesting read, and as a gritty 1980s Liverpool, band and Eric’s memoir it also delivers. In particular, I hope the book conveys how hard it was to live and get anywhere during those years, in the bands and afterwards, as the city of Liverpool and the whole country went to shit under the Conservative government.

I could, perhaps, have been a little more prosaic and less swearey in my diaries back then, but what do you expect at that age – fucking Shakespeare?

My only photo of playing bass in Nightmares in Wax with Pete Burns in a cramped gig at the Everyman Bistro, Liverpool, March 1980. I bumped into Pete a few years ago in London and had a great night reviewing the bands and the incidents I write about in Bombed Out! with him. He was pleased to have been proved right about something he'd said to me 9 years earlier...

My only photo of playing bass in Nightmares in Wax with Pete Burns in a cramped gig at the Everyman Bistro, Liverpool, March 1980. I bumped into Pete a few years ago in London and had a great night reviewing the bands and the incidents I write about in Bombed Out! with him. He was pleased to have been proved right about something he’d said to me 9 years earlier…(Copyright unknown)

I’m now having Bombed Out! proof-read and formatted, and hope to have it posted as an e-book and to have hard copies available in early May. I’m also setting up a website to support it, on which I’ll post articles on the many musical, social and historical issues, places, people and events featured in the book.

I’m especially looking forward to writing articles about contemporary Punk/New Wave bands and music, and also on ’70s and ’80s mainstream chart music, some good, some shockingly awful, which is also frequently referred to in the book.

Bucks Fizz anyone?

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