GUEST WRITER WITH A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN ANY GENRE OF MUSIC WITH THE WORD ‘METAL’ IN IT, PUNK AND HARDCORE.
In the mid 1980’s I would spend Sunday evenings lying on a storage heater in my bedroom listening to the charts on Radio One. It was here that I discovered the dulcet tones of Iron Maiden and Ozzy Osbourne. I remember begging my Mom to let me purchase a copy of ‘Powerslave’, on cassette, from John Menzies in Walsall but the bitch was having none of it, brushing it off as a fad.
Towards the end of senior school at the arse end of the 1980’s I started hanging around with some long haired yobs, who were in the same year as me, who listened to the likes of Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Testament. By this time I had a couple of paper rounds on the go and I started blowing my wages on second hand vinyl from Bridge Records (RIP) in Walsall. As I entered the 1990’s I started drinking something called Alcohol and started going to see the occasional Death Metal Band at Edwards No 8 in Birmingham. As I got more into the 1990’s and the underground punk scene this turned into 2 or 3 gigs a week sometimes.
I’m still here some 30 odd years later with a shit load of vinyl, playing Bass and gigging with my band Rotunda of which I am a founder member. Fad?