Hey here's the rest of that cryptically cool Smiths 83 set from Martin Whitehead.
How these remained out of view for thirty years is beyond my comprehension?!
Thankfully the negatives survived the extended sentence of cruel cold isolation to bring so much curious intrigue and revelry to the world today.
Wow! More scene and previously unscene A Scene In Between.
Taken by west country scenesters James Finch and Val Hicks, these cool and candid shots capture the young JAMC at their feedbackiest wall of noiziest peak.
Taken at Ziggies nightclub in Plymouth during the soundcheck and throughout a twenty minute session of chaotic earslaughter plus crushed melodies.
Indie fashion historians will revel in the astute sinister black leather clad sartorial delights of the bands Velvets 66 via Hamburg era Fab 4, plus 76-78 Subway Sect-isms.
Esoteric mods in leather box jackets, stripy t's, manky cable cardigans all crowned with big fuzzy barnets. Apart from Bobby of course who purveyed moppish early 60's art school beat chic and was soon to become a style icon in his own right.
Williams guitar melts mynds and reduces the room into atomic fallout whist Bobby thuds away on his primitive kit.
This is my favourite pic of the band ever! Courtesy of James Finch
Existentialists modernists take grip on the consciousness of UK yoof culture.
The boys swap instruments for soundcheck, love to hear a tape of that!
Check out svengali McGee with Buzzcocks T peering out of leather get up.
Beautiful Vox Phantom. Apparently this was nicked outta their van on the first US tour later in 85.
Heavy shit man.
Chaos ensues (James Finch)
The Reids lock heads whilst Douglas becomes eclipsed in white noise. (James Finch)
Wow! Beyond rare, early and intimate pics of The Smiths from way back in 83 when they could barely get thirty people through the door. Taken by the young Martin Whitehead whilst a photography student, and never evolving beyond the negative stage until now. Maybe it's true that sometimes the best thing are worth waiting for and spend thirty years laying dormant in a shoebox.
This is their world exclusive debut. Thanks Martin.
Morrissey and Marr's individualistic fashion focuses are already in place. Strong echos of bohemian utopia via Billy Fury and Kenneth Halliwell coexisting on stage with Jim McGuinn circa 65 plus James Kirk circa 80 set the sartorial pace.
All photographs copyright Martin Whitehead
'On the strength of nothing more than their first single, "Hand In Glove", I wanted to interview The Smiths for my fanzine, The Underground. My usual method of turning up at the venue at sound check time when the band might be hanging around with time to spare worked again, and I got one of the best interviews of my fanzine career. Moles Club back then could hold maybe 100 people. There wasn't even room for a stage. Despite that, the club was about two-thirds empty. Barely 30 people had turned up to see the most influential and iconic band of the decade. For me, this gave an opportunity to shoot some pictures to go with the interview. Five months later The Smiths played to a packed out main hall at Bristol University. I couldn't even get close to the stage, never mind the band'.
Welcome to A Scene In Between.
If you're familiar with the mighty tome and my original blog 'Leaders of Men' then you'll know what kinda racket to expect and where my heads permanently at.
Tune in and turn on for irregular updates focussing on the sartorial leanings of youth guitar noisters from the mythological 60's through to the fuzzy indie 80's, plus occasionally something...... contemporary!? Yes it could happen.
A Scene In Between volume two is in the pipeline and this time it's international! So send me your 80's indie pics no matter where ya from and become immortalised in print. You know it makes sense.