Get 'What A Kindle Day' in your inbox whenever you're havin' a, well, Kindle day

17 Jul 2012

Nothin' will ever change me

"I was tossed out by the roadside,
I recovered myself;
Hope reached to grab me
But I needed no help."

Not my words, but a source of inspiration, nonetheless.

It's the opening stanza from a little-known Mod band from the '80s outside of the scene, Makin' Time.  This was the 'b' side to the first ever single Here is my Number.  Vocals from the silky-smooth Fay Hallam - was I ever in love with her as an impressionable adolescent, or what!? - it was as good a song as the four-piece ever penned or played, simply entitled Nothin' Else.

Makin' Time - Rhythm! Compilation
I was lucky - I got to see a helluva lot of Makin' Time as Blunty only used live around the corner from us in Portobello.  The Long Acres on Dilloways Lane was our local, which happened to be Makin' Time's home pub, if ever they had one.

For three summers Higgsy and I would patiently await their return.  We were 13, 14 and 15 at the time but with buffonts, eyeliner, cravats and macs as per Style Council's Café Bleu cover, we tended to get in everywhere. Our first pub-crawl around Portobello and Willenhall, we hit five pubs and were only asked our age in The [recently demolished] Shakespeare - we were 12 [Higgsy] and 13 [me] at the time.

We were gutted in the months in between, especially when Aggy didn't put on the disco only for a spate - it was like our whole world had collapsed, with only The Outrigger and Reddington Rare Records to sustain us on Saturday afternoons.  Then we turned euphoric - it was the talk of the town - when those discos started running again, which was indeed a precursor to the arrival of Makin' Time. We caught the band at The Sandwell in West Brom once (now The Goose) and, although it was a bigger stage, it hadn't got the atmosphere of the low-ceiling back room of The Acres.


My claim to fame is that Blunty touched my bollocks when they came off for a break once at The Acres, purely by accident, but hey-ho. They were great gigs, ably supported by Aggy on the decks.

The Darrell/Higgs macs, circa '85
Ever-presents were Neil from Stafford, Danny Gleison and my cousin, Rachel Evans, who later went on to get wed, and a whole load of Bradley and Coseley mods and scooter boys, the latter far outnumbering the soul scene in Bilston than us Mods - apart from the odd fracas, we got on well enough, to be sure.

The track that always sticks out in my mind from those gigs is Only Time Will Tell - at the 'bar-ba-dap-ard-ar, bar-ba-dapar-dar' bit, we all used to bend forward at the hips - like the dancers of 'Shake your tailfeather' in The Blues Brothers - but with arms wide like the Stevie Bull hat-trick aeroplane swoop and wriggling our hands instead of our hands behind our back - ace.  Pretty apt as Blunty - well, all of us, really - were huge Wolves fans at a time when they were plummeting from division one right down to division four before Messrs. Bull and Mutch, as headliners, scored a torrent of goals that heralded a rise back to the second tier of English football as swift as the original demise.
Bully dancing to Only Time Will Tell

When Makin' Time passed and the Gift Horses sprung up and The Charlatans arrived (who used to write their songs in The Royal Oak in Portobello - I served them several times in my days in later years as a bartender there), it pretty much signalled the end of The Mod Revival in Bilston until more recent times.

Makin' Time were instrumental in prolonging Mod, Rhythm and Soul through the mid-80s and those nights at The Acres during our formative years will stick with me forever - I sound like Stephen King reminiscing about his childhood in Castle Rock, innit? - the balmy nights, the brilliant friends, row upon row of Vespa and Lambretta glinting in the arc-sodium streetlight on the car park out front and behind but most of all, having one of the most soulful bands of the revolution on our doorstep - there is a God, after all.


oDesk Certified Online Article and Blog Writer

3 comments:



  1. خدمات النظافة بالدمام لابد ان تقدمها شركة لديها ثقة في اتمام خدمات النظافة المنزلية لان النظافة العاية لا تعطي النتيجة الفعالة التي تتم بواسطة شركة تنظيف بالدمام متخصصة لانها تهتم بكل شئ داخل المباني فلدينا شركة تنظيف فلل بالدمام تكون متخصصة في نظافة الفلل المفروشة والمستعملة واعطائها الرونق الجمالي الخاص بها لدينا شركة تنظيف شقق بالدمام متخصصة في اعمال نظافة الشقق المنزلية وشقق المكاتب والمعارض بواسطة الادوات والمواد اللازمة لعمل ذلك لدينا تخصصتنا في اعمالنا التي ترضي العميل وتخلصة من الحشرات الصغيرة التي تسبب ازعاج كبير للاسرة من خلال شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام التي لديها معدتها وموادها لعمل ذلك كما يوجد متخصص ايضا للقضاء علي الحشرات من خلال التواصل مع شركة رش مبيدات بالدمام التي تنتهيك من كل الحشرات المنزلية كما نعمل معا للواصل اليك كل الخدمات المنزلية من خلال خدمة الاثاث بواسطة افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام والتعامل معها سوف يصل الي منزلك الجيد بدون اي تعب
    كما يوجد خدمتنا الاخري التي يمكنك البحث عنها م والاستفادة منها
    شركة تنظيف بالقطيف
    شركة تنظيف بالجبيل
    شركة تنظيف بالاحساء

    ReplyDelete
  2. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم عميلنا العزيز نحن نقدم افضل خدمات تنظيف المجالس والشقق بافضل انواع التنظيفات المشهود لها عالميا
    شركة تنظيف شقق بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف مجالس بالطائف
    شركة تنظيف شقق بجازان
    شركة تنظيف مجالس بجازان
    شركة تنظيف شقق بحائل
    شركة تنظيف مجالس بحائل
    ونحن فى خماتكم 24 ساعة على مدار الشهر

    ReplyDelete
  3. In the name of God the Merciful We in the light of UK companies offer the best services in all cleaning Katenziv in apartments , boards and cabinets and Villas
    شركة نور المملكة
    شركة تنظيف بمكة
    And also we provide insect control for all insects flying and crawling and rat extermination
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بجازان
    We also offer moving furniture needed by everyone because of the expiration of the lease time or travel service
    شركة الصفرات لنقل الاثاث بالرياض
    And safety and God's mercy and blessings
    كما يوجد لدينا ايضا تنظيف المجالس والكنب والسجاد والموكيت باحدث الطرق الموجودة وافضل المواد التى تقضى البقع والاوساخ
    شركة تنظيف مجالس وكنب بحائل
    شركة تنظيف سجاد وموكيت بحائل
    وكل هذا بانسب الاسعار واقل التكلفة ونحن نعمل فى خدماتكم 24ساعه

    ReplyDelete

Hi - would love to hear what you think...