I’ll sneak this in first – from the ashes of local heros Jim Jiminee came The Deep Season. They headlined a local band night on May 9th 1992.
Then, we had this booked in…..
…..on the day of the gig, I got a call from the West End Centre to say they had heard from Suede‘s tour manager saying that Matt Osman, the bass player was ill and they would have to cancel. ‘The Drowners‘, Suede‘s debut single was exploding on the indie scene and the show was obviously going to sell out. Needless to say we were gutted.
…they promised they would still come and play The Buzz Club. So I called their agent the following week and re arranged the gig.
….more of Suede soon…
I’ll be honest here – I don’t know if this gig took place. I recently got sent some old West End Centre programmes (thanks Jem Barnes!) and noticed this one saying that Verve (before they added ‘The’) were to play on Saturday April 11th 1992. I don’t have anything else written down for that date, and I know I saw them a few times around then. At the very minimum it looks like they were booked in at the time this programme went to print, but whether it actually happened? Anyone who was there, please get in touch!
It does give me an excuse to put this video up. If the gig did take place, it would have gone something like this…..
(Again no fliers for this one, I got the date from a very detailed God Machine website.)
The lead singer of Catherine Wheel was Rob Dickinson – cousin of Iron Maiden‘s Bruce Dickinson. I’m fairly sure they arrived in Iron Maiden’s tour bus and were unable to park it in the West End Centre’s car park as it was too big! I also remember we were told expressly NOT to call them THE Catherine wheel on any advertising.
Here’s a great song from a little while after they played The Buzz Club, ‘Show Me Mary‘
Support came from The God Machine.
Recently a couple of Buzz Club posters have come up via photos of people in their bedrooms with the posters on the walls behind them!
First up is me actually! From around 1987. The Pale Fountains played The Buzz Club in 1986 and I thought we had no fliers or posters, which was a great shame as this was a brilliant gig. So, I chuckled when scanning some old pictures recently and unearthed this little beauty.
Let’s zoom in now….
Next up, Mark Nemetz one time Bluetrain guitarist, now living back in his native California sent me some great pictures this week. and on his bedroom wall?
Yay! I have a Happy Mondays flier, but the posters have long gone.
Finally Iain Baker a Room at The Top regular (Dan / TVPs club) and some time Buzz Club attendee (later of Jesus Jones) sent me these this week…
Not just a flier for The Brilliant Corners but also the classic ‘Wild! Whacky! Fun!’ Buzz Club stickers. Another cheer goes up from me! Hooray!! (See)
I have a new EP released by Strikeback Records very soon. Here’s a little film for the lead track ‘Highway Found’ filmed on the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland (where my Dad is originally from)
Excited to have a new instrumental psychedelic project on the go…..more news soon.
Here are some wonderful pictures of Aztec Camera taken at the Venue in Victoria on August 5th 1981.
Taken by the amazing Mr Justin Thomas, many thanks for letting me use them Justin!
And here, because it’s quite funny and quite lovely are Aztec Camera singing ‘Oblivious‘ in the foyer of the Pebble Mill studios in 1983!