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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Mrs Blighty, Rock Chick

The other night I went with Mr B to see his old favourite group Echo and the Bunnymen play.

When I mentioned this recently to anyone, they looked a bit blank and then said, " Oh, yes, Echo Beach."

Nooooooo! That was quite different, that was Martha and the Muffins.

The Bunnymen are a rocky, moody, sort of post punk band with a charismatic Liverpudlian lead singer called Ian McCulloch.

Their best known song is "Killing Moon", featured on the soundtrack of  the film " Donnie Darko".

Must admit, prior to the event I was not terribly enthusiastic as I knew Mr B used to go to gigs wearing a greatcoat and pointy shoes and with his hair all spiked up, and it all sounded a bit goth and gloomy to me.

In fact, it was brilliant!

It was a thrill to skip off up to London on a school night and meet up with Mr B.  And the concert was at the London Palladium, a theatre I last visited for my 8th birthday to see Cliff Richard (bless  Grandma W, she organised that for me, what a nice mummy).  So it was great to see the inside of the Palladium again and bang on to Mr B about seeing Cliff and Olivia Newton-John, while Mr B carried on a parallel monologue about last seeing the Bunnymen at the Glasgow Barrowlands in 1984..not quite sure whose anecdote had the most street cred, mmm, tricky one..

The Bunnymen were good, really good -  a very tight band - and Mr McCulloch can really sing.  And what confidence, arrogance, to sing in front of all those people !   He was a real character - he took a lot of liquid refreshment between, even during, songs, we were a long way from the stage but the bets were on Guinness, with whisky chasers... a soothing vitamin drink and mineral water.

Here's them doing The Killing Moon  back in the 80s. They did it brilliantly last night too, they just look a lot less boyish!

And now dahlings, I am off  for a cheeky nap on the sofa - it's very tiring being a rock chick at my age.


  1. Oh I used to love Echo & the Bunnymen. In fact, when I read that Ian McCulloch used Coca-Cola to spike his hair up, I did the same. Woke up in the morning with my hair stuck to the side of my face in a sticky mess! I saw them a couple of times in my youth -and once again at Glastonbury a few years ago, and yes they still sounded good.

  2. They're one of the only still-around 80s band I'd go and see. Saw them at the Hammersmith Palais back in the day. Kudos to Mr B - do you think there are top-secret civil servants with pointy shoes lurking at the back of their wardrobes? (The shoes, not the civil servants.)

  3. You will not believe this but I've been to the London Palladium! It was a long time ago and it was to see some British guy I never heard of. Do not ask me how long ago that was either. Now I have to go nap on the couch just thinking about how long ago it was.

  4. Thanks for the visits Mrs B. Now I remember who I saw: Des O'Connor. I know you're laughing.

  5. Oh Debs, Des O'Connor! Always joked about, but to be honest, I rather like him, a nice chap.

  6. How brilliant to travel to old London town for a grown-ups night out, to a gig no less!
    Isn't it fun to relive our youth occasionally Blights.
    And please pardon my ignorance but I don't recall this band, please don't tell Mr B, he might be offended.
    btw dahling you look very spiffy in your rock chick garb.

  7. Sounds like a brilliant gig. Echo and The Bunnymen at the Barrowlands, eh? Who knows, we may have banged hair-sprayed quiffs in the queue for the loos.

    Ask him if he ever ventured across the road to the Sarry Heed for a pint. Ladies, of course, never went to the Saracen's Head (to give it its full Court Appearance name) cos it had no ladies toilet.

    Your rock chick look is to Die For. PS - am very much up for exchange visit for Kevin and Colin :-)

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  8. Ah!!! Echo and the Bunnymen!!! I was thinking Danny Elfman, but then remembered that was Oingo Boingo. Wow. Memories!

  9. Dear Mrs Blighty, Mr B sounds rather fast with a history of pointy shoes and spiky hair. Possibly a predilection for punctuation has more of the poet about it than that for a balance sheet as Mr LiC has never embraced any form of fashion even in his younger days. I am a complete dag - I found I knew all the words of every Olivia Newton John's song during her recent concert here. Mr LiC had suspected as much. Must run and replay some Cliff Richard... love Lindaxxx PS love it that you have a dedicated category for debauchery!

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