Alan Wise directing proceedings at the Russell Club, explaining the music policy over the week, and reminding all that Fridays are run by Roger Eagle and Tony Wilson under the name "Factory". Forthcoming attractions at the Russell include; the Police, the Adverts, Motorhead.
I detect the hand of Alan Wise! I love the fact that it is a gig advert, but is hilariously unprofessional in its misspelled bitchy comments: â€œThe Doomed should be better this time round than on there first return earlier this autumnâ€ and "we also want to do matinees on a Thursday eve but most bands will refuse to do kids shoes unless we charge more than fifty pence which we refuse to do [sic].â€ Whilst this may seem amusing yet ultimately amateurish and counter-productive, there is an important resistance going on here to market dogma controlling punk: to me it says that people shouldnâ€™t be excluded on the basis of purchasing power, and that your true opinion of a band should take precedence over making money out of them. Itâ€™s significant that this advert appears just as the first wave of punk has largely â€˜sold outâ€™ to the majors and disillusion and confusion reign after The Sex Pistols split. The ad is an early sign that City Fun would remain squarely part of the countercultural post-punk scene which was to follow.