I’ve been dipping into Sam Knee’s brilliant A Scene in Between again. It’s the ultimate coffee table style bible for indie geeks, winkle-picker fetishists and admirers of the breton top and the duffle coat. The Smiths, The Mary Chain, Orange Juice, The Pastels, Spacemen 3 and Loop feature heavily.
As do My Bloody Valentine. This isn’t the label-busting, Melody-Maker-darlings MBV though. We’re talking mainly 86-88 here (there’s even a shot of Kevin Shields looking a bit Robert Smith in 83). So original singer Dave Conway looms large, as the band skulk in crepuscular, piss-ridden alleyways and against flock wallpaper in dodgy-looking boozers. A far cry from the Roundhouse.
If you like this, do check out my guide to the Best Dressed Bands in Rock. I’ll let the images do the talking now…
Kevin Shields at the first MBV gig, Dublin 1983
David Conway, Debbie Googe, Colm O’Ciosoig, Kevin Shields, 1986
At the Bull and Gate, Kentish Town, 1986
Colm and Debbie, 1986
Enter Bilinda Butcher and the famous red jeans. Portlands, London, around the time of Strawberry Wine, 1987
Leeds Poly, 1988
Creating a racket in 1988