Atrox – West Indian Club, Southampton – 19th September 1985
12th Feb 2021 – A Thursday night, no less. Not being too familiar with Southampton after having only been there a couple of times, we often got misdirected by the locals, whether by accident or folks not appreciating these scruffy young punks in their city.
We did establish many life long friendships from these times though. The West Indian Club was a magical place (in my mind now) though I had no real idea of the workings of organising shows or even understanding how sound was mixed in a live situation. I just stood on the stage and shouted as loud as I could and hoped I could be heard. Folks seemed to enjoy it, either way.
*Paler Shade of Black, Atrox, Suicide Pact, All The Glory – West Indian Club, Southamption, Hampshire, UK – 19th September 1985
*Husker Du, Gene Tryp – Marquee, London, UK – 4th September 1985
Cottage Industry – Merley Bird Gardens, Wimborne, Dorset, UK – 15th August 1985
18th Dec 2022 – Merley Bird Gardens was exactly as its name. There was a courtyard outside the entrance building and I probably came at the invitation of our local youth club leader (guitarist in the band), looking for new things to do and perhaps even meeting new people. I don’t know where the rest of the audience came from. I still didn’t really understand how things around me worked but I do remember there being lots of pretty and exotic-looking girls here though I was still retarded by my ego and shyness, an ugly punk with a bad attitude constantly smoking rollups until they tasted like cabbage. Needless to say, I didn’t talk to anyone but enjoyed trying this ‘new thing’, though for the last time.
*Atrox, Rich Waitland – Cornwall Hotel, Dorchester, Dorset, UK – 12th August 1985
*Ozric Tentacles, Roy Harper, Poison Girls – Torpedo Town Free Festival, Waterlooville, Hampshire – 10th August 1985
*Suicide Pact, Atrox, Pro Patri Mori – West Indian Club, Southampton, Hampshire, UK – 8th August 1985
*The Damned, Fuzztones, Doctor and the Medics – Poole Arts Centre, Poole, Dorset, UK – 26th June 1985
*Virus, Blare, Atrox, (Bad Noise), General Belgrano and the 368 – Greyhound, Bridport, Dorset, UK – 2nd May 1985
15th Oct 2022 – A quick search for this venue indicates the Greyhound Hotel is in the centre of town and is now a Wetherspoons. My memory though is of a shack behind a pub out in the countryside somewhere.