Monday, 3 August 2009
Sunday Night at the Roundhouse
“They listen to the DJ. They pogo with their best friend. And the young girls start to cry when they see Billy ...” Sunday night. Off to a gig up Chalk Farm. Posing At The Roundhouse as the Television Personalities put it. Generation X headlining. Punk’s prettiest star. Reggae Regular supporting. Years later after the Roundhouse had closed down Dan Dan the TVPs Man would put on shows of his own at The Room At The Top, upstairs at The Enterprise opposite Chalk Farm tube station. Up the road from where Bernard Rhodes/The Clash had their Rehearsal Rehearsals base, where in 1977 Subway Sect would be filmed for Punk In London. Among the Sect’s appearances at the Roundhouse in ’77 would be a Buzzcocks show, with Penetration and the Banshees also on the bill. A review would state: “The evening builds from the flat, drab monotones of The Subway Sect to the sparkling crescendo of The Buzzcocks at a new creative peak. Subway Sect are colourless, humourless, relentless. Pounding monotony for its own sake, each song a plodding excursion into mediocrity. A fair reflection of the world, maybe, and probably intended as such: it frightens some people, fascinates some. It bores me ...” Tsk ... heathens.