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Postby neilmc » Sat Aug 11, 2007 12:54 pm

In 1981 my good friend Harry Longbaugh, who was the Glasgow and West of Scotland correspondent for Sounds, asked me to take some photos of bands he was reviewing. Lured by the offer of free drink and royalties, I took a self-taught crash course in available light photography, and I was ready. Here's a couple of the Q Tips playing Strathclyde university Union:-
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Postby neilmc » Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:03 pm

Oops, missed this one:-
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Paul Young pokes his head in and spoils a perfectly good shot.
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Postby Schiehallion » Sat Aug 11, 2007 3:43 pm

Nice one Neil! Any others?
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Postby neilmc » Sat Aug 11, 2007 4:13 pm

I have, Schiehallion: I'm looking at a contact print I marked 'Glasgow Tech' but with no other details. I know one of the bands is the Delmontes, and I'll get the negs scanned in. We also interviewed the Cuban Heels in the Rock Garden, Queen Street, and I'll look those negs out.
Not in Glasgow, but the Bungalow Bar in Paisley was another venue we did; Defiant Pose is the only band I recognise. Watch this space.
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Postby neilmc » Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:44 am

Some photos from Glasgow College of Technology, 1981:-

The Delmontes
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This band were called CZ
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Can't remember who this was - any ideas? Vocalist is nice
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Postby hazy » Sun Aug 12, 2007 9:03 pm

neilmc . The Q. Tips had a song but I cant remember the title .But i do remember some of the words. I dont suppose you have a copy. I have tried youtube Old Grey Whistle Test as they sung it on there.
Im looking for some action.
Im looking for girl.
Who doesnt want to fall in love.
And thats all I can remember.
If you know it or have the record I will poilish yur boots for a week.
Thank you. And why not.
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Postby neilmc » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:38 am

Hazy, I wasn't a great fan of the Q Tips, but you'd better get the Cherry Blossom ready. The song was called Looking For Some Action, and if you've got £125 to spare, check this out:-

http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=229786
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Postby hazy » Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:06 pm

neilmc wrote:Hazy, I wasn't a great fan of the Q Tips, but you'd better get the Cherry Blossom ready. The song was called Looking For Some Action, and if you've got £125 to spare, check this out:-

http://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=229786


EH i dont like them that much. Cheers anyway. 8O 8O
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Postby neilmc » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:35 pm

Cuban Heels, Rock Garden, Queen Street, 1981:-

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Postby Josef » Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:42 pm

Last seen giving head massages in Waterstones a couple of years ago :wink: .

(well one of them, anyway).
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Postby Alex Glass » Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:05 pm

neilmc wrote:Cuban Heels, Rock Garden, Queen Street, 1981:-

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I remember seeing them in the Amphora.
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Postby neilmc » Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:16 am

Alex Glass wrote:I remember seeing them in the Amphora.


The 'Heels also appeared in Peter McDougall's TV play "Just A Boy's Game", in the pub/club scene at the start of the film. They played a version of the Stones' "Paint It Black"; then the fight broke out.....
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Postby neilmc » Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:32 pm

Defiant Pose, in repose; Bungalow Bar, Paisley (near Glasgow!), 1980:-
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Close-up of Joe (I think), necking a big Drybroughs screwtap - how punk rock is that?
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Postby Alex Glass » Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:49 pm

That is some photo of the bottle Neil. :D

And an approximate date from the poster on the wall VG.

Not wishing to take over your topic Neil but here are a couple of photos of my band. In the first one taken in the Waterside July 1981 we were called the Optics.

The second is a poor quality one from the Burns Howff in West Regent St about 1980 when we went by the name of Knight Hunter.

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Postby neilmc » Sat Aug 18, 2007 7:38 pm

Alex, I was hoping someone else would post their own photos, as I'm fast running out of my own material!

I originally scanned in the negatives as high-definition TIFF files, which can't be posted as such because of the sheer size of the files; however it does give you the chance to zoom in on detail like the beer bottle before converting to more manageable JPEGs.

Remind me: where was the Waterside; are you the drummer?

I don't need reminding of the Howff; an old stamping ground of mine, and the first pub I was ever in (1972, a wee bit under-age). We were there to see Northwind, whom we then booked for our 6th-year school dance at Craigbank. Great days, and to think you were actually on that same stage.....
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