Sunday, 9 August 2009

Rossmore Road NW1

"The 159 runs along it. Around the corner from Baker Street. There's a dolls house shop on the corner of Lissom Grove and Rossmore Road ..." If you do walk through Regent's Park, through the rose gardens, round the lake, out one of the side gates, you will be in the vicinity-ish of Rossmore Road NW1, the unexpected subject matter of a start of the '80s single by Barry Andrews, roughly midst XTC and Shriekback. For me, Barry is something of a London figure, as the first gig I ever went to was an under 16s show by XTC at the Marquee in Wardour Street in 1978, which looking back I guess is pretty cool. That would have been around the same time as this appearance on TV show wonderfully compered by Peter Cook. Altogether now: "In Rossmore Road white and yellow lines and street signs. And public phones and traffic cones, and belisha beacons on the central reservation. All humming now ..."

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