THE BLOCKHEADS The West End Centre, Aldershot 12th April 2013
Ah Valentine’s night… 24 years ago on a damp, windy night in Aldershot, my anaxiphilliac tendencies were already to the fore.. There was an antidote, in the form of Duglas T Stewart’s dulcet tones & (very) shiny green shirt & matching tie.
Tonight, BMX BANDITS were headlining the BUZZ CLUB & there was indeed love in the air.. I remember Duglas asking Jowe from support HOUSEHUNTERS “Is it gonna be alright, I always having to deal with ruffians..” Jowe’s reply was something like “Dear Boy you are consummate professional, they can do nothing but love you!!”
It is true, Aldershot is the home of the British Army but rarely did any of them get past the raft of specialist pubs or the last line of defence “Johnny Ghurka’s” house of Nepalese cuisine & after hours lager… However, that didn’t prevent the mass attendance of the traditional Aldershot pissed blokes.. (& pissed lasses). All of which added to the love theme.. I always been proud of the quality of the West End Centre’s drunken heckling.. If you can listen closely, throughout at the set you can hear a chap at the back shout “Say sausages!!” … I’d admired his persistence & continuity, “Say sausages” was all he shouted.
BMX Bandits were on top form by which I mean, you know that feeling when you lean back on a chair & nearly topple over, but save yourself just in time? That was BMX BANDITS that night, “anything could happen in the next half hour.” Even the most hardened drunken rugger bugger went “ahhhhh” when he produced his “Groovy Good Luck Friend” a rather well worn Barbie doll whose hair appeared to be in possession of a Boris Johnson bob.. & when Duglas pronounced “I want to come amongst you (er.. to coin a phrase) & kiss you all.” You felt if time allowed, he would. In the world I inhabit he did, by playing “Flipper” one of the greatest indiepop records that never was.. “I wouldn’t cry if the whole human race dies.. Except you… & all my friends.” I think that is the true meaning of Valentine’s Day…
Ladies & Gentleman.. BMX BANDITS