Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Have you seen your mother, baby?



I dont have any reflection pics, but I do have this.

Back in 1992, my then band played a headline slot at the Abbey Park Festival in Leicester - a yearly celebration of local bands who've done well during the previous year. Since we'd just done a record which was getting a fair amount of Radio 1 airplay, we were asked to headline. Several thousand people present, all of our local peers..our highest profile gig to date in many ways.

The night before the gig, while having a few beers, what did we decide to do? "Lets all wear dresses and make up!...Come on! It'll be a laugh!"

Oh dear.

13 comments:

glasshalfempty said...

Alice Cooper, eat your heart out!

Brill. The Google Gods tell me that Prolapse & John Sims played Abbey Park that year, but no word as to who headlined...

I'm guessing, but is that you on the left, Sourpus?

glasshalfempty said...

You can't trust the interweb can you. A bit more googling suggests that line up was '96, and '92's line up included Scum Pups. We'll track you down...

sourpus said...

Remarkable detective work there glass! I am genuinely impressed.
92's line up did indeed include Midge's fine mob, Scum Pups, and, yes, the questionable black cocktail number on the left is me. No time to procure anything more interesting.

Im afraid the press and public were 'unanimous' in being unable to see the point in our sartorial statement, although we played a decent enough set.

You speak as if you maybe know Leicester. Is it true?

sourpus said...

Sorry glass, I forgot to say. The band I played in was called Storyville (later to become The Moodybirds)

glasshalfempty said...

Thanks for putting me out of my misery, sourpus. I hadn't realised that you'd already had this prised out of you on t'spill back in March (search on blogger is worse than ctrl-F on the mothership).

I see there's some YouTubes too, which I'll have a peek at.

The number of musicians on the spill mean that a band is inevitable at some point. I bags being the manager. (Code for I can't play a note, or sing for toffee)

Big Mac And Large Flahs said...

The photo reminds me of the band James for some reason

CaroleBristol said...

Gosh! I thought that it was The Belle Stars!

tincanman said...

uh oh, there's that sing for toffee line again. He's going to be upset again.

If there is a Spill band, I'll be that ever important older gentleman who sits quietly in the back and nods appreciately.

gordonimmel said...

Well, I used to play drums. Haven't twirled a drum stick in anger for nearly 20 years but if there are no other volunteers......

sourpus said...

Belle Stars comment made me laugh like a drain.

I would be up for a Spillettes run around the studio if anyone one else would be into it? Why not? We could actually pull it off. I know a good studio here even if anyone feels like heading to Budapest for a few days of recording. It would make a great story. Someone could video the proceedings..heaven knows we'd probably even make the mothership...

Or am I just 'fertin' in the wind here?

Blimpy said...

I know my way round a video camera....(the academy tell me so....)

Shoey said...

Do we, erm, have to dress up?

sourpus said...

Earrings are optional. But handbags are definitely not allowed. Its all meant to be fun.