Bombed Out: Punk Turns Book Reviewer – Pete Griffiths of the Spitfire Boys.
Above Photo: Pete Griffiths right, with Pete Burns and Lynne Corlett, in The Grapes, Mathew Street, Liverpool in 1979/1980. (Copyright unknown)
When I finished writing Bombed Out! I let a few people read the manuscript and they really enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, in terms of marketing, I had to completely discount the rave comments from everyone who read it at that time, because they were all somehow connected with me or they were mentioned in the book.
I wanted an unbiased opinion from someone who was “there” and who isn’t mentioned in the book, so I thought I’d ask a guy called Pete Griffiths, who I hadn’t met or spoken to personally for 35 years, and who used to play bass in The Spitfire Boys, an iconic Liverpool Punk band, that also contained Paul Rutherford on vocals (who subsequently went on to join Frankie Goes to Hollywood), and Budgie on drums (who subsequently went on to join Siouxsie and the Banshees).
I didn’t even recognize Pete in his modern day incarnation until I saw the photo at the top of this article of him in The Grapes in Mathew Street with Pete Burns and his then-girlfriend (later, his wife) Lynne in 1979 or very early 1980.
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