In recognition of Record Store Day, here’s me having a moment outside Virgin Records, at the bottom of The Moor, in Sheffield, in 1978. Can’t recall what had happened, but Saturday afternoon record buying was a serious business back then. Maybe they hadn’t got the new Bethnal single in yet, or perhaps they’d just sold out of The Human League’s ‘Being Boiled’..
When it first opened in 1971, the shop was a bit unnerving for kids, a dark den, with incense sticks on the go, patchouli-oiled up hippies, lounging on bean bags, and prog rockers nodding along to Gong on headphones. By the time this was pic was taken, punks and Indie had edged them out. It looks like here, I had plumped for the eclectic combo of 2-Tone trousers with my old school blazer. Nice. I’m sure there would have been a TRB ‘Power In The Darkness’ badge on the lapel, too..
Note: The posters on the wall for Paul Bower’s band 2.3, a Sheffield band who I supported a few times. One pub gig I recall, a guitar string bust, and I duly jumped back onstage to improvise a bit until a replacement was hurriedly fitted and tuned. Happy days..
And here’s how they sounded (in tune): 2.3.- All Time Low https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZcTD9RqLEU