Now living where we do, we were never going to get top, top bands coming every week - but for a while in the late 70s we got a few decent ones. XTC were a bit more 'Pop' than Dr Feelgood or Status Quo, but solid performers nonetheless and even had a few chart hits - I mean, who could forget 'We're only making plans for Nigel', or even 'Senses working overtime'?
|Andy Partridge from XTC, 1978-ish|
Colin Moulding on bass guitar looks like he'd rather be anywhere else in this shot - although maybe he's just trying to be cool.
|Colin Moulding, acting cool, baby|
I always liked bands with keyboards and XTC's Barry Andrews was on form that night I seem to recall - interestingly he had a prominent role up front on stage beside Andy Partridge.
|A bit of keyboard never hurt anyone|
|XTC's front man|
This next shot is not the best by any means, but it's interesting as a snap of its time. My guess is that the band had just come on stage when I pressed the shutter - the guy in the 'hidden' doorway with the mustache was our resident DJ/MC Al Simpson. I like the trail of rather serious-looking electrical leads neatly tracked over the door and just the general clutter on the stage...very Health and Safety!
|Those were the days...|