the summer of 1974.
sitting in a park shelter with my mates, drinking cider and listening
to Genesis on a battered tape recorder. We also like Bowie,
Roxy Music, Deep Purple, Man and Groundhogs. We are glam
rock hippies waiting for the next music or fashion trend to appear.
1975 - nothing changes. As the stadiums get bigger, our heroes shrink
'76. A hot summer that seems to last forever. Punk lands like a rock
in a pond. Born in London and Manchester, the ripples of change are
Anarchy is released. Flares are 'taken in' or burned, hair is
cut (a lot) and clothes are slashed (a bit). Anyone can form a band.
Our record collections change overnight. We
see The Clash at the Bristol Locarno. My ears ring for days and
I can't stop smiling.
the next three years Bristol produces important bands - The Cortinas,
The Pigs, Vice Squad as well as more avant-garde groups like Apartment
and Gardez Darxx.
Bristol is the Premier division then Weston-super-Mare operates somewhere
down in the Conference. Bands like Red Alert, Children of
Toil, Zambesian Lightbulbs, Faded Vision, The Cassettes
and Negative Earth keep the flag flying in the face of local
apathy. These bands, and others, fade and die.
1981. From the ashes of Negative Earth comes a band that is destined
to inject new life into a quiet seaside resort and put Weston on the
band is Noiz Boiz.