Those who have been following the thread in the iJamming! Pub will know about this. The rest of you will likely not care a fig. But for the four of us who will be gathering on a stage next Monday, March 30th in London, for the first time together since 1984, our acoustic gig as part of an iJamming! pub night out promises to be a sentimental occasion. We used to be in a band, you see, and though the band never made it big, it was a massive chunk of our lives. Jeff Carrigan and myself started playing together at school the age of 14. (Drummer Chris Boyle and I started even earlier; Chris lives in Florida now and can’t make it over for this reunion of sorts.) Tony Page and Kevin Bagnall joined in 1981, in time for a golden period that involved some pretty decent recordings, a couple of tours with the Jam and a fated deal with EMI. As I was just saying on the phone to Jeff, I never assume the band meant anything to anybody except ourselves, but every now and then I meet someone who proves me wrong – and then I have to remember that we did sell out the Marquee a couple of times, that we did make a decent single (and some even better demos), and that while when we were bad on stage we were very very bad, when we were good we were great. (With apologies to AA Milne.)
The band’s name? Apocalypse. We finally re-established all our friendships in 2005, put together an overdue compilation CD, Going Up In The World, kindly released by Cherry Red, and timed our schedules to get together in our old rehearsal room in South London in early 2006. (That reunion of sorts is archived here.) We never really made plans to play together on stage again, we’re far too scattered for that. But things have a habit of falling into place when they’re meant to, and the iJamming! Pub night out just seemed the right occasion.
We’ll only be doing five or six songs. A couple of acoustic guitars and a couple of vocals. Nothing fancy. Nothing flash. But everyone’s welcome. It’s a free gig. Before and after the set, which we expect to take place about 8pm, myself, Dave Edwards and Chris Coco will be DJing, playing exclusively 45rpm 7″ singles. We anticipate a fair number of “the class of 79,” those from Archbishop Tenison’s and Charles Edward Brooke schools who went on a memorable, life-affirming exchange trip to Nantes in May of that mod revival year. And, of course, quite a few regulars from the iJamming! Pub. We’ll be gathering in the back room of Filthy McNasty’s, 68 Amwell St, London, EC1R , close to the Angel and Kings Cross. This GoogleMaps link will help you find it. And bring a hankie – if us if not for you.