I’ve been sitting on this absolute gem for a few months now, waiting until I was ready to blog about the Manics gig. This is not just the only visual footage of any of the Buzz Club nights, far more importantly it is of The Manic Street Preachers legendary Aldershot appearance.
This film has been in an attic for twenty years and has only recently been unearthed. You can’t hear James Dean Bradfield’s vocals at the start as Ben (the camera man) is standing to the side of the stage. However this is where Richey is playing and so it makes it all the more wonderful. Ben moves to the front of the stage at 4:45, and the rest of the clip has great sound. Watch for the fight in the crowd at 6:52 and how the band deal with it. Many thanks to Ben Startup from the band Phobia who supported that night and who luckily enough had a video camera back in 1991! Many thanks also to Pete Cole, Buzz Club regular who has helped unearth this wonderful artefact.
The Manics came to Aldershot to promote their ‘Motown Junk‘ single, released on Heavenly. The gig easily sold out with people travelling down from London and far further a field than the usual Buzz Club gigs, as you can see by this letter which appeared in the ‘N.M.E.‘ the week after the show.
We also have have a live recording of the set, once again provided by Dave Driscol and his handy hand held tape recorder. Here from February 16th 1991, live from The Buzz Club, The Manic Street Preachers and ‘You Love Us‘
and also, recorded front of house, so a better sound quality than the video, ‘Motown Junk‘
Seems we were blessed with cameras, tape recorders and letter writers that night!