Russell Club – 1979

This is The B52s playing 'Planet Claire' at the Russell Club in Hulme. It was sweaty but not as hectic as the punk gigs.

It was a risk taking your camera there as you had to traverse 'bandit country' after dark. It was a hotbed of criminal activity around the Crescents, and someone staggering home at 2.30am with a largish camera was easy pickings.

I only dared take it a few times. The B52s had just released their first album and the 'Rock Lobster' single at the time. In later years I met a Stockport bloke who was married to one of the girls (don't know which one, but his name was Brian Cockayne). I

t was way before The Flintstones and 'Love Shack', whilst they were still relatively cool...