Sunday, 5 February 2012


The VW Campervan myself and Stash had customized in 95 was well and truly smashed! After a few minor crashes and mishaps it looked terrible. So it was time for a new paint job ! We enlisted the services of one Mode 2 who I think just happened to be in the area. We couldn't use the car park of Studio Babylon  as it was way too busy, so we decided to do it at my house in leafy suburb of West London. Mode set to in the afternoon sometime, we where ok it wasn't raining! One of the neighbors complained "don't get bloody spraypaint on my car !) we had to move it. We worked into the night and the new van complete with "Ice Flames" was ready. I think the van was used for a few years, and then I remember Tullyman ringing me a telling me they where gonna flog it as it was always braking down and just became to unpractical , don't know where it ended up.

Mode going over the old design on the rear of van (Pic: Swifty)

Even the roof gets the treatment (Pic: Swifty)

L to R Mode, Kam, Mitchy, Robi (& local nutter who wouldnt leave us alone!) (Pic: Swifty)

Friday, 3 February 2012


I'm going back a bit now ! well before my days as a Jazzer or acid jazzer - well lets say it i lived up North and very proud of it too! In the heady days of the early 80's aged 15 onwards or world was all about the music and people we experienced right there on our doorstep. Yes we are talkin' Factory records, The Hacienda and Berlin Nightclubs, checking Pete Burns at Probe records and buying our gears at 69A clothing shop as well as the early copies of i-D. I saw my old mate Dave Standley the other day and he evidently has a slighty better memory than me ! Not difficult - know what I mean - nudge nudge say no more - or just getting old. Anyway cutting to the chase I mentioned a gig we went to at Deeside Leisure centre to see NEW ORDER! But I couldn't remember the name of the gig or even the rest of the line up! Well dave enlightened me  - they put thick rubber mats on top of the ice rink (which we where standing on !) and built a stage - It must have been the Saturday we went, and saw all the bands - waiting for the big event NEW ORDER - they eventually came on later than expected and according to Dave we saw them perform TEMPTATION and a couple of other tunes before Dave's Dad arrived to take us home.

Parents eh !

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