Bombed Out! – Punk, Liverpool and ‘A Scouse 8 Mile…’

Bombed Out! – Punk, Liverpool and ‘A Scouse 8 Mile…’

Part of the book cover – we were going for an ‘In Your Face” punk design, and think we nailed it.

UPDATE: For more articles on Punk, New Wave, 1980s Liverpool bands, music, personalities and much more, visit my new website dedicated to it at www.bombedoutpunk.com

I was talking to someone yesterday about my forthcoming memoir, Bombed Out! which is about growing up in ‘70s and ‘80s Liverpool, listening to ‘70s and ‘80s music, especially Punk and New Wave, going to Eric’s Club, being in Liverpool bands like Pink Military Stand Alone and Nightmares in Wax, and what happened to me after that.

The Baltic Fleet Pub on Liverpool's Dock Road, by Peter Titchen. (The pub plays a 'walk by' part in Bombed Out!)

The Baltic Fleet Pub on Liverpool’s Dock Road, © Peter Titchen.

The guy I was talking to said, “Oh, so it’s like a Scouse version of 8 Mile?” (‘Scousers’ are people from Liverpool, and ‘8 Mile’ is Eminem’s superb film from a few years ago, about a rapper in Detroit).

I laughed and said it wasn’t “Unless it’s a crap version, based in Liverpool, with Punk and New Wave music, bad band names and some dodgy haircuts.”

And there you have it in a nutshell. Except to add there’s a fuck of a lot of swearing in it, as it’s based on my contemporary diaries, and also written in the way I expressed myself back then (“Only back then?” I hear friends ask in surprise)…

In fact I’m unusually excited about bringing out Bombed Out! and especially about the prospect of writing the supporting articles for it, as it covers a lot of different types of music and periods of history, the built environment of Liverpool and the dire state of the British economy at that time.

Oddly, this bridge on Liverpool's Dock Road plays a key role in the events described in Bombed Out!, at 5am one morning, when I was walking home from a gig. Note the actual bombed out building to the left of the photo, with the jagged brick wall. (Peter Titchen)

Oddly, this bridge on Liverpool’s Dock Road plays a key role in the events described in Bombed Out!, at 5am one morning, when I was walking home from a gig. Note the actual bombed out building to the left of the photo, with the jagged brick wall. (© Peter Titchen)

I have set up a website and a Facebook page (not yet operational), and I will print some copies of the book, as well as producing it as an e-book. I learned this lesson from BACK – I should have had copies of that printed too.

I’ve been surprised and flattered by the help I’ve received so far on Bombed Out!

I have just finished the book cover design, the mast head of which is shown above, which has been done by a British graphic designer and former punk band member and Eric’s regular, Martin Why, who now lives in the US.

Also, I will be using some of the best contemporary photographs of Liverpool for some of my articles, including those of Peter Titchen, an outstanding Liverpool photographer, who is responsible for the two of the photos in this article.

I have also had enormous help from former Eric’s Club regulars who have offered photographs of bands playing at Eric’s Club, like this one, which is of the lead singer in my former band, Pink Military.

Pink Military Stand Alone, onstage at a memorable gig we played at Eric's Club in June 1979. (© Dave Jay Donaldson)

Pink Military Stand Alone, with drummer Tim Whittaker (RIP) onstage at a memorable gig we played at Eric’s Club in June 1979. (© Dave Jay Donaldson)

So all in all, I’m pretty excited as we head into February, with a scheduled launch date for Bombed Out! of 1 March – if I’m lucky…

© Peter Alan Lloyd

UPDATE: For more articles on Punk, New Wave, 1980s Liverpool bands, music, personalities and much more, visit my new website dedicated to it at www.bombedoutpunk.com

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