I was member number 62 joining up for the Hacienda in September 1983 as it first opened. So I have lots of memories of the Manchester of those days – when females still danced round their handbags (yes even in the Haci) and guys hunched up together at the bar. I called them the Men in Grey as everyone was wearing old overcoats! I saw the Smiths at the Haci amongst many others.
I was on the periphery of the Manchester in-crowd probably by virtue of having a car. So name dropping comes easily but let’s just say The Blue Orchids and see if that sparks any memories for anyone else?
1TS WINTER OF 1958, TONY SHERIDAN, RUSS SAINTY AND BRIAN LIQUORICE LOCKING DRIVE FROM THE 2I’S COFFE BAR TO A GIG IN TROWBRIDGE WHILTSHIRE. THIS PHOT SHOWS A VERY EXCITED CROWD AND THE END OF A GREAT NIGHTS ROCK N ROLL. NOW FOR THE DRIVE BACK TO LONDON !
I only managed to see the Smiths live once. They were my favourite band from when I was 12 (1983/4) but their gigs always sold out really quickly, much faster than I was able to save up my Saturday job money. My eldest half-brother bought me the ticket to this gig and then also the bootleg tape. The gig ended up being released by the Smiths as the Rank LP. It is still the best gig I ever went to, for the sheer excitement I felt if nothing else. They split up not long afterwards so I got really lucky – best pressie I have been given.
The Severed Limb used to do so many nights at The Grosvenor, which is shut down now. The Queen’s Head, where this gig was, is for sale now. All these little pub parties that happened, there are hardly any spaces for them anymore. Given that all my teenage years were spent finding these venues, I really notice the lack of them now. There are still amazing places, but I guess the internet takes up so much more of your time than it used to, that you don’t fill the gap so much.