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Photograph
Pips
1982
This is me with Simon McGrath, taken at Pips around 1982.
Artefact added : 29th July 2007
by soulkiss
mat Says –
that's brilliant! is it by a professional photographer? the rough edge looks very 'pro'.
COMMENT ADDED 30th July 2007
soulkiss Says –
Hi Mat Thanks for the comment - No was just taken with my camera of the time - used corel paint shop pro photo XL to get the frame effect.
COMMENT ADDED 30th July 2007
mat Says –
it's great! a future 'artefact of the month' me-thinks!
COMMENT ADDED 30th July 2007
TonyMc Says –
The 'unknown' in the photo went by the name of Ziggy (real name Simon McGrath).
COMMENT ADDED 25th September 2007
cathmc Says –
This was our brother who unfortunately died in 1986, I would love to get a good copy of this photo - is that possible?
COMMENT ADDED 25th September 2007
soulkiss Says –
Hi Cath - So sorry to hear about your brothers passing, not seen him since the 'pips' days.
Yes contact me on soulkiss@blueyonder.co.uk I will rescan it in for you as a large resolution.

Mel x
COMMENT ADDED 25th September 2007
Sharon Says –
Simon bless him. Alison and I get together for coffee a few times a year and always go on a nostaglia trip about Pips, remember loads of people including Tony Mc, Sammy, Cathie (who lost all my Pips pics in London somewhere, cheers hun lol), Bennett, Skitz, the list is endless. If anyone remembers me get in touch.
COMMENT ADDED 26th November 2007
resolve64 Says –
To Cath, I would also like to say sorry to hear about Simon, he was a great character, I didn't know him that well but I knew he was a sound bloke,
COMMENT ADDED 17th February 2008
resolve64 Says –
Hey Sharon, I remember Bennett Mott very well we were good friends at the time, spent many a drunken night with him and his brother Tony
COMMENT ADDED 17th February 2008
Sharon Says –
Resolve hun, I remember you well, we had some great nights didn't we, scarily most of mine were sober lol!
COMMENT ADDED 18th February 2008
resolve64 Says –
Hi Sharon, It's nice (and surprising) to be remembered, I blame the drink on Bennett & Tony Mcnamara I'm sure I was normal prior to meeting them... Was Alison the Blonde Siouxsie lookalike ??
COMMENT ADDED 18th February 2008
Sharon Says –
Yes that's Alison I was her quiet, invisible sidekick, tall, long dark hair, I talked to Bennett and Tony Mc more than you, but you do stick in my mind as I remember Bennett telling me how you got your name. If you want to chat more I am on Myspace (www.myspace.com/f...), that goes for anyone on here who remembers me.
COMMENT ADDED 19th February 2008
resolve64 Says –
Hi Sharon, Iwill look you up later today, I'd love to hear Bennetts take on how the name came about ...

hope to hear from you soon
COMMENT ADDED 19th February 2008
SueG Says –
So brilliant to read about Pips on the 'net - very little about this club, which I feel was the best ever!
I went in the beginning with a friend, and loved it; however, after a few months I could'nt get anyone to go with me until 7 years later, (should have gone alone long before that). Long story, but when I went again - 1980 - it was better than ever. I lived in the Roxy Room, but even the "mainstream" room was good, as the chart music was better then; we were spoiled! There was also a second alternative room, and an "oldies" one, (mostly '60). I'd heard about the Roxy Room, but it opened during the time I was,nt going, so I was delighted to finally see it - even better than expected!
On Friday nights, they would have a band on, generally in the oldies room, before switching to records. I needn't have worried about going alone, as everyone was very friendly and I soon made friends, meeting up with many of the same people in record shops and at concerts. I also remember Simon, who sadly died. Lots of others, too; Sharon, are you the one who was friends with Cathy, Tracy, etc? Sorry; probably lots with those names!
I also went when the club re-opened as Thursdays. Great times! And guys never looked better!
COMMENT ADDED 25th June 2008
Sharon Says –
Yes Sue thats me and I think I remember you! Last heard from Cathy about 4 years ago. I vaguely remember someone called Annette as well, not sure who she went round with.
COMMENT ADDED 25th June 2008
SueG Says –
That's the name I was trying to think of - Annette, who was also a friend of Cathy. I bumped into Annette a couple of times quite some years back, and she had a partner and, last time I saw her, two children, if I remember rightly. More recently, bumped into a guy called Mark who I well remember from Pips - I had a crush on his friend, Alan!
COMMENT ADDED 25th June 2008
qwerty Says –
Ah those great little alcoves in the Roxy/Bowie Room _ I remember one of em had a picture of Bryan Ferry painted on the wall inside - I played a gig there in 1980 and we set up in that little alcove - we have piccies with us playing with Mr Ferry looking over us - fantastic place!
COMMENT ADDED 5th July 2008
Tony/Longfella Says –
Photos of Roxy Music at the Apollo on 7/5/79 keep turning up on Ebay. Pics can be viewed at www.concertphotos...

The gig was recorded by Granada and released as a DVD apparently. Bryan Ferry was sporting a natty red leather box jacket (christened the Roxy jacket in my neck of the woods??) and available from the late lamented Underground Market as I recall.
COMMENT ADDED 6th July 2008
resolve64 Says –
I remember those jackets so well, we did a nice line of them at Aladdins Cave in the Arndale along with those ridiculous 20 pleat baggies..
COMMENT ADDED 7th July 2008
Sharon Says –
yes Tony the underground market, that brings back memories of Bowie bootleg tapes and Tukka boots. Aladdins cave, I think Alison worked there for a bit. I also recall a Tiswas night at Pips, with a cage and very smelly fish and lots of foam.
COMMENT ADDED 17th July 2008
SueG Says –
I remember the "Tiswas" night! Annette's hair was soaked through with foam, (ravers wer'nt the first to have a foam party, eh!!!!!!!!!) and some guy was dancing naked in the cage at one point! Don't think he was a Pips regular, though! Another night I remember Debbie - always one for way-out outfits - wearing an enormous head-dress which just about allowed her through the door-ways without ducking!
COMMENT ADDED 17th July 2008
bernc Says –
I went to primary school with Simon McGrath , I think his mum taught there too. My sisters boyfriend Steve worked at Aladdins cave at one time.
COMMENT ADDED 26th April 2009
roxymusic Says –
I remenber the Roxy Music concert may 1979. We queued up for hours and it was raining as well. Well worth every minute though, fantastic. sorry to hear about your brother passing away I knew him through friends I went to Pips with, Chris Dunn
COMMENT ADDED 26th April 2010
Sharon Says –
I agree Greg in fact our lovely daughter would not be here had it not been for Pips. Great club, brilliant people, good memories.
COMMENT ADDED 5th November 2014
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