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  1.  
    Just posted this on IC, but for those of you not across there...


    Anyone seen this as yet?

    http://www.awaydaysthemovie.com/

    Film based in 1979, with ex-Dalek I member as producer. A quote from one review says- "Control meets This Is England"

    Wire on the soundtrack LP
    http://www.awaydaysthemovie.com/soundtrack.html

    And Hughes mentions Wire in the press blurb below.

    http://www.awaydaysthemovie.com/music.html

    Erics, Liverpool
    By David A Hughes, Awaydays Producer

    The club featured in the movie is based on the legendary 'Erics'. Most of the bands whose tracks feature in AWAYDAYS played at the club. It was on Mathew Street in Liverpool, the same tacky backstreet where The Cavern used to be. Kevin Sampson and I were both members. During 1978 & 79 , Eric's was the center of my universe. I started going in 1977 during the punk explosion, and from Erics dedicated audience of arty show-offs and moody Bowie clones came bands like Echo & The Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes and OMD. One of my bands was Dalek I Love You, briefly mentioned in the the film when Elvis says 'Thought we was going to see Dalek tonight'.


    We all had become used to watching emerging acts like Talking Heads, Television, Devo, Magazine, The Human League and Wire and reckoned we could do something ourselves. If you managed to think of a quirky band name and had a couple of edgy songs, you could be supporting The Clash the following week.

    There weren't many members early on. You got to know most of the audience. Thursday was local bands night, free to members and 50 whole pee to guests! Most of the Liverpool scene and Zoo bands made their debuts on a Thursday at Erics.

    We saw a lot of raw, art-punk bands who went on to become platinum-selling pop bands. The Police, Simple Minds, Ultravox, for 75p or a pound. I remember about 30 people watching The Human League knowing the best days of punk were now over, electro had arrived... and I was staggered to see how Joy Division progressed from being a pile of shite in one very early gig to jaw-dropping brilliance a couple of months later.

    I never heard a Beatles track played at Eric's. The regulars had a dogged (and predictable) anti-Beatles stance, and we all moved to the bar when Souxsie & The Banshees played 'Helter Skelter'. Whatever they'd done to put Liverpool on the map, we knew that Eric's was giving the city a chance to move on from the burden of The Fab Four. Through Roger Eagle's (Erics owner) zealous love of music from all nooks and crannies, we got to hear lots of reggae, weird Louisiana blues, Dub, German Electro and Rockabilly. All these sounds filtered through to the emerging local bands. From Rockin Dopsie & His Cajun Twisters to Tapper Zukie and Matumbi, a night at Eric's was an education - truly the world in one city.

    Erics opened your eyes to other things as well. The gents toilets were unusable. Everything went on in the Ladies - and I mean everything. The club was in a basement, so when there was a high tide you could feel the damp in the floor and the girls in their fishnet stocking feet would put their painful pointy boots back on before the rising Mersey tide sent a few rats scurrying across the dance floor.

    Above all else Eric's made me , a runty twerp from Birkenhead, feel impossibly cool for long enough to land the drop dead gorgeous love of my life.
  2.  
    The Erics crowd were more interested in themselves, rather than what was on the stage.

    The scene that celebrated itself... How very 21st century!

    A very bleak venue - a concrete bunker that smelled of wee.

    Did see an excellent Falll gig there once, after it had become Brady's (same management; tax dodge)

    M
  3.  
    I take it you never went when it was Erics then, Mark?

    Went twice myself – Teardrops/Bunnymen/Expellaires (the latter were on last which was an anti-climax – it was a bit harsh on them following two local bands, too. (Love their single, mind. Like a more yobbish Teardrop Explodes!)
    I think they played in a corner nr the bar and not onstage. Most people had gone.
    Interestingly, the Teardrops weren't anywhere near as good in front of their home crowd as they had been in Chester a couple of weeks previously. That's still one of the best gigs I ever went to.

    Next time was The Damned – the night the St John’s Precinct went on fire. As my car was in the car park there I was a little concerned to say the least. Luckily, the emergency services had moved it outside! Great Damned gig btw.

    A bleak venue for sure, but two of the most memorable nights of my life, so it had something. Even if the cloakroom attendent did nick the badge off my jacket!

    Never went when it was Brady's.
  4.  
    Don't think I went when it was Eric's. I've related the "why I dodn't go to see Wire at Erics for fear of having the car nicked" story before - a regret to this day, along with not going to see Magazine play the Royal Iris Ferry in the middle of the Mersey!

    I ddn't go to a gig in Liverpool until early 1980 - the first would have been The Cure at the University, followed by the Teardrop Explodes the week later (the night Ian Curtis died, IIRC) at the same place.

    I saw Echo & the Bunnymen around the same time at Pickwicks, which was my favourite Liverpool venue by some distance. Lost to road widening, I think...

    I tthink Erics was closed at this point. Remember John Peel broadcasting a live set by Wah! Heat from the last night of Erics around this time. It reopened as Bradys toward the end of 1980 I think. Exactly the same venue, owners etc. Still had the 'New Cavern' sign outside too!

    As well as the Fall I saw the Au Pairs at Erics, and Section 25 and Tunnelvision played, so we all went down from Blackpool. Sure I saw something else there but can't remember what!

    M
  5.  
    "Followed by the Teardrop Explodes the week later (the night Ian Curtis died, IIRC) at the same place."

    Yeah, think this was the Mountford Hall gig that we realised that we were both at.

    Got another mate who I didn't know back then who was also at that gig!