Apocalypse Scrapbook 1981

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0108) 101 CLub,
0108) 101 Club, Clapham
Jan 24th, 1981, first gig of a strange year.

0101) 101 Club, Clapham
0101) 101 Club, Clapham

0102) 101 Club
0102) 101 Club
The show opened with 'The Dog Song.'

0103) 101 Club
0103) 101 Club
'Nobody But Me' was also in the set by this point.

0104) 101 Club
0104) 101 Club
'Sorry Mate, You're Too Late' was featured half way through the set.

0105) 101 Club
0105) 101 Club
A rare picture of Chris.

0106) 101 Club
0106) 101 Club
This show marked the first appearance of 'Home Of The Brave.'

0107) 101 Club
0107) 101 Club
It also included 'Poser's Paradise'

0109) 101 Club
0109) 101 Club
Tony was still playing a Gibson copy...

0201) A-Z fanzine
0201) A-Z fanzine
In the fanzine days, you could get press coverage without anyone hearing you. Check the full lyrics to 'The Dog Song.'

0202) Africa Centre
0202) Africa Centre
The first Jamming! magazine gig at the Africa Centre in Covent Garden. Something of a mod night out...

0203) Africa Centre
0203) Africa Centre
...Apart from Jeff, with his gold-painted Shrink face and mohawk.

0204) Africa Centre
0204) Africa Centre
'Going Up In The World' made its first appearance at this show. So did 'Inspiration.' And the short-lived 'Nobodies.'

0301) Africa Centre
0301) Africa Centre
The second Jamming! magazine show. The Birthday Party's second ever UK show. A band called Zeitgeist were on the bill,too.

0302) Africacontacts
0302) Africa Centre contacts
Contact sheet from show with Birthday Party.

0303) Africa Centre March '81 1 copy
0303) Africa Centre March '81
'The Teddy Song' was played for the first time at this gig.

0304) Africa centre March '81 s copy
0304) Africa centre March '81
'Schizophrenic' was back in the set.

0305) Africa centre
0305) Africa centre
Jeff sang an ambitious medley of 'Dog Song,' 'Sorry Mate' and 'DDJD.'

0306) Africa Centre
0306) Africa Centre
Outside the Africa Centre. Not our scooter.

04) Aftermath1
04) Aftermath1
In March we were interviewed for Aftermath fanzine. Jeff explains the thinking behind 'Dog Song' and 'Teddy Song.'

04) Aftermath2
04) Aftermath2
Tony claims not to take "shit gigs" though we played out in Chadwell Heath that same month to approximately nobody

0501) Africa Centre
0501) Africa Centre
The third Jamming! gig was a triumph. May have had something to do with Girls At Our Best! being the headliners. At least 400 people paid to get in and Tony made money! He had turned 17 the previous Monday.

0503) Africa Centre
0503) Africa Centre
The fourth Jamming! magazine gig was a disaster. Ian Broudie's band had big management, big agency, big production, big record label... and drew almost nobody. Tony went home with only his bus fare, then stayed up all night talking to a friend - and wrote 'Release' as the dawn came up.

0504) Africa Centre
0504) Africa Centre
The set now included a song by Jeff called something like 'Serese.'

0601) The Rainbow Rainbow1981backstageb
0601) The Rainbow
The group's 21st gig was at The Rainbow, June 17th, supporting The Jam. Somehow there are no pics of the actual gig. This is Tony backstage.

0602) The Rainbow
0602) The Rainbow
Backstage, from left to right:Brian on guitar, Richard Heard, Chris Boyle, his girlfriend (and wife?) Linda.

0603) The Rainbow
0603) The Rainbow
Linda, Chris and Brian backstage. Nobody remembers much about this show - despite it being the band's biggest to date!

0604) Setlists1981
0604) Setlists1981
Setlist at left is for The Rainbow. Set list at right for the Africa Centre four days later.

0605) Africa centre
0605) Africa centre
The 5th Jamming! magazine gig is 'A new band festival,' i.e. a refusal to book bands through agencies and record companies.

09) Africa Centre New singer '81 copy
09) Africa Centre
Jump to September 27, the 6th (or 7th) Jamming! magazine gig, with Rudi and The Questions. Apocalypse were now a four-piece, with Tommy from The Shout having joined on vocals and guitar. He quit after six gigs (this was his fourth). The Shout's bassist, Lee Hirons, went on to form Faith Brothers with Billy Franks. Jeff has finally turned 17.

09) Flyer
09) Flyer
Crappy gigs abound. No recording sessions. An inconsistent line-up. And we still can't remember The Rainbow show. But on Oct 24, we played on the Embankment on the back of a truck for the big CND rally along with Zeitgeist, The Questions, Nine Below Zero and... The Jam. There are no pictures.

11) The Angel, Lambeth Walk
11) The Angel, Lambeth Walk
In late October, Apocalypse started a weekly residency at The Angel to get their act together. Tony, now running the Jamming! label, uses the opportunity to unveil the short-lived 'Inspiration Pt. 2.'

1201) The Angel
1201) The Angel
The real inspiration was to get new band members that actually fitted in. Tony Page joined in late 1981 and is immediately seen having a good time.

1202) The Angel
1202) The Angel
Kevin Bagnall joins a couple of gigs later. Notice that the band is having fun.

1203) The Angel
1203) The Angel
Kevin, Tony F, Tony P and, without mohawk at last, Jeff. Apocalypse is go.

2005) Angel-Lambeth-Walk-2
2005) Angel-Lambeth-Walk-2
The Angel is still standing. It's just no longer called The Angel.