25th December 1983 Well, it’s Christmas. The cat slept with me. Forgot to make my mum a cup of tea – was so tired as I didn’t get to sleep til 2. Had 2 and a half bottles of Merrydown so was very merry all day. Zoe called me and talked for one and a half hours. Cat slept with me again. Social Distortion – Mommy’s Little Monster Minor Threat – Out of Step MDC – Multi Death Corporations Menstrual Cycles – Skin/Punx
26th December 1983 See next diary
28th December 1983 Carrie’s on
Forward Engagements 6th January 1984 – Subhumans/Self Abuse/(maybe us)
SATAN’S CHILDREN SONGS Lyrics: BE DAMNED DECAY ENTER THE PIT POLYTECHNIC SONG IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW MANY REAGANS YOU SHOOT YOU”RE THE DEVIL NOW DOGSHIT DANGER GAS MASK DANCE BAUHAUS SATAN’S CHILDREN ABBATOIRS GOD AND LIGHT DICKHEADS ANONYMOUS DULCE ET DECORUM EST HALLSBALLS
Music and Lyrics: DOCTOR MARTEN BOOTS POLYTECHNIC SONG LOUIE LOUIE SATAN’S CHILDREN ABBATOIRS
21 Dec 1983 Jan 83 – Simon sacked from Species Jun 83 – Species split Me, Justin, Simon got together and the idea born – Violent Rubbish Justin’s friend Paul Reid said he may be interested in playing guitar Aug 83 – Justin, Simon, Paul and Rick had a practice while I was on holiday. Sep 83 – Kenty persuaded Paul to leave 2nd Butcher gig at Capones – got Andy to be our guitarist Oct 83 – Had a practice at Herbert Carter Nov 83 – Tried to play at Cult Maniax gig – Andy had diabetes attack – changed name to Satan’s Children Dec 83 – Gig planned with Subhumans and Self Abuse – Jan Cliff may be joining
Record of the week: Crucifix – Dehumanization, Kraut – An Adjustment To Society
18th December 1983 Pissed off with Justin cos we should’ve had a practice Got pretty bored instead
19th December 1983 Started off bad – ended up alright – nothing special
20th December 1983 Found out Disorder is not on – bloody typical – depressed. Watched Rollerball – pretty violent, pretty crap
21st December 1983 Finish school – thank god Go to see Disorder, Amebix, Admass, Manic, Dead Popstars Silly day at school – bit of a laugh Watching the Fog tonight – not James Herbert – good fucking film
22nd December 1983 Records came thru’ post – can’t see them tho’ until Christmas (looked at them tho’ haha) Got letter from Zoe Not a bad day but nothing special Carol singers came round so I put on Chaos UK
23rd December 2023 Finished reading ‘The Book of Shadows’ Got to clean the yard – ‘my contribution to Christmas’ – Grandad Started reading ‘The Fog’ Listening to Kraut all day
24th December 2023 Intend to get pissed in Poole – did slightly Nearly got in a fight – all the trendy nouveau wankers were enjoying themselves. Had a chat with the blokes in Our Price. May this be my last Christmas.
Me and Thoms pissed around in Poole ‘The Devil Rides Out’ was on – ok Crucifix – Dehumanization Apostles – Rising From The Ashes
10th Mar 2023 – Thoms! Who was he? I’ll ask Rupert. I think he will remember. ‘pissed around’ – not exactly detailed but in my mind this phrase indicates that it was some kind of useless fun. Reading the plot online of The Devil Rides Out doesn’t trigger any memories either. Sometimes I consider rewatching some of these old movies I used to enjoy but the pleasure is not so much in the movie but the nostalgia it brings. There are not many movies that really stand the test of time. Entertainment has no depth. I was thinking about the Apostles and Six Minute War the other day because I was playing guitar and understanding that I will never be a great player but back in the early 80s bands like those mentioned were terrible players too. Maybe not players but their ideas (probably limited by skills) were dull and boring. But that was the essence of punk rock – anyone can do it and they did. That doesn’t necessarily mean it stands the test of time except, as above about movies, it is just for nostalgia.
The Cult Maniax bass player was so drunk he had to play slumped in his chair, often also with his girlfriend on his lap. A dedication to alcohol, that was a key part of the UK punk scene at the time.
I found Butcher a little bit one-dimensional after a while but loved Self Abuse. Shock To The System were my favourites though. They just had something a little special that separated them from the rest. I was soon to make friends with them.
Record of the week: Conflict LP, Flex Your Head LP, Minutemen
20th May 1983 Fuckin almost dying for the weekend at last !?
7th Mar 2023 – There are no more entries until the 17th of December. I think the Conflict LP was It’s Time To See Who’s Who and the Minutemen record would have been The Bean Spill EP, with this fantastic centre label (below).