Gigs

In 1977 and 1978 each day was spent wondering how you could stretch the £2.80 per week Family Allowance to enable you to see as many bands as possible. A night at Barbarella's was heaven, once through those doors into the red leatherette adorned labyrinth of rooms, it was all that mattered. Anarchy in the UK would come on the decks and everyone dived on the dance floor. The Passenger or Police and Thieves sent a tingle down the spine. Vince and the Armchair were inspired by such nights, backstage talking to the bands would make you think - 'We're doing this, we could play here, we will!'. Take a look at this list of gigs that inspired the Armchair:

BARBARELLA'S, Cumberland Street, Birmingham

The Worst
The Prefects
Eater
The Drones
The Killjoys
Rudi and the Rationals
Spizz
The Victims
The Verdicts
Model Mania
The Worst
The Prefects
The Fall
THE BUZZCOCKS
Wreckless Eric (Ian Dury on drums)
THE DAMNED
The Rage
THE ADVERTS
Steel Pulse
SEX PISTOLS
MAGAZINE
THE ADVERTS Steel Pulse
THE CLASH
The Lous
Model Mania
THE CLASH
The Zones
MAGAZINE
MAGAZINE THE JAM
T.V. Eye
Model Mania
Spizz Oil
Scent Organs
Big in Japan
Aunty Puss
THE DAMNED
The Au Pairs
The Coventry Specials
THE GANG OF FOUR

REBECCA'S, off John Bright Street, Birmingham

Model Mania
THE JAM
SHAM 69  

THE TOP RANK SUITE, Dale End, Birmingham

Richard Hell and the Void Oids
Spizz '77
THE CLASH
The Rezillos
THE RAMONES
The Prefects
The Slits
Patrick Fitzgerald
THE BUZZCOCKS

THE MAYFAIR SUITE, Bull Ring, Birmingham

Spizz Oil
The Human League
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES
The Prefects
THE BUZZCOCKS
 

THE TOWN HALL, Birmingham

Nick Lowe
Dave Edmunds
Larry Wallis
Wreckless Eric
Elvis Costello
Ian Dury
   

ANTI-NAZI CARNIVAL , Victoria Park London

X-Ray Spex
Patrick Fitzgerald
Steel Pulse
The Clash
Tom Robinson Band
Sham 69
   

REVOLVER, ATV Studios, Broad Street, Birmingham

Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Buzzcocks
Elvis Costello
Nick Lowe
The Boomtown Rats
Brent Ford and the Nylons
Ian Dury
The Stranglers
The Boyfriends
The Autographs
Kandidate
The Vibrators
Generation X
   

THE ODEON , New Street, Birmingham

The Dickies
Patrick Fitzgerald
THE JAM
The Psychedelic Furs
The Spiderz
IGGY POP
The Moondogs
THE UNDERTONES
Rikky and the Rialtos
THE KINKS
Fatal Charm
ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK
 
John Cooper Clarke
SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES
The Invisible Girls
JOHN COOPER CLARKE
PUBLIC IMAGE

BINGLEY HALL, Broad Street, Birmingham

The Piranhas
THE JAM
THE JAM Apocalypse
THE JAM

SOUTH BANK POLYTECHNIC, Elephant & Castle, London

THE SUBURBAN STUDS    

THE STAR CLUB, Birmingham

The Au Pairs
The Denizens
THE SOLICITORS
   

THE FIGHTING COCKS, Moseley, Birmingham

Spizz Energy
The Rebounds
The Solicitors
THE PREFECTS
   

THE SANDPIPERS , Nottingham

New Mania
THE SHAPES
   

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

James
THE SMITHS