So, just for a change, here are some shots of Dr Feelgood, taken about 1979 in this place. Now I appreciate Dr Feelgood might not be your thing, but for a 16 year old spotty youth, in a concert hall alongside a few hundred other lads&lasses of similar age, armed with an OM-1 loaded with FP4 and perhaps a 100mm f/2.8 lens I look at these now and think they aren't too bad.
|Lee Brilleaux, blasting it out in 1979|
Lee Brilleaux clearly dressed up for the occasion, whereas Gypie Mayo here looks like he's borrowed his grandad's old gear. On the plus side though he did know what he was about when it came to pluckn' them strings...
|Nice suit, Gypie|
Here's what they looked like just before they went on stage (The Brother and I had friends in low places in them days, capice?).
|Dr Feelgood, 1979|
What a great bunch of lads, eh? Looks more like a police line-up than a bunch of rhythm and blues artists about to entertain, doesn't it. The giveaway is the bottle that Mr Mayo is clinging on to, nearly - but not quite - out of shot.
In those days it was easy - I just took a camera out, loaded it with film and snapped away, not knowing any better. Nowadays, what with the Internet and all, you get to doubt yourself, worry about your 'personal EI' and things like that. In my youth I just set my ASA to box speed, got out there and took some snaps, came home and asked mum if she didn't mind me developing them in the kitchen - usually about an hour before tea-time on a Saturday evening, if I remember correctly. Life was simpler then.