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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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