Egan onstage at the Palladium: video grab by Willy Billiams
◼ ONSTAGE AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM supporting Midge Ure’s tour last week, Blitz Club co-founder Rusty Egan gave a highly first-person history lesson about his early days while demonstrating his mixing talents at a deejay console.
Of 1979, he says: “I wasn’t really a deejay, I was a drummer, and I thought you can put one record on and you can put another record on at the same time and I thought I can do that, you don’t have to stop, I’d keep it going and I mixed the records together and started to enjoy it. Us suburban 19 to 25-year-olds with ‘no future’ in 1979 suddenly had some music that spoke to us. I was basically a fan and I am 40 years later still a fan of music.”
Here is half an hour of Egan’s stream of consciousness, doing what he does best, choosing good music and showing off. All spiced with his usual frankness, natch.
➢ Rusty Egan at Bandcamp
➢ History of the Blitz Kids and the birth of the New Romantics – a brisk history of who did what in 1979-80
Posted in Blitz Kids, Clubbing, dance music, Fashion, Swinging 80s, videos, Youth culture
Tagged Blitz Kids, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, London Palladium, Rusty Egan, Steve Strange, Visage
Posted in anniversary, Blitz Kids, London, New Romantics, nightlife, Pop music, Swinging 80s, Tributes, Youth culture
Tagged Billy’s club, cabaret, Julia Fodor, Kim Bowen, Rusty Egan, Steve Strange, Visage
On the fourth anniversary of Steve Strange’s passing
(not to mention the 40th anniversary of his Tuesday club-night
opening at the Blitz), how better to remember the man who revolutionised London nightclubbing than with the massive collection of tributes assembled here at Shapers of the 80s
from every significant Blitz Kid the day after Steve died…
1978, when Steve Strange met Rusty Egan. (Photo © Fin Costello/Redferns)
➢ Previously at Shapers of the 80s:
Read the fulsome tributes to Steve paid by the Blitz Kids here after his sudden death in 2015
Brief tasters. . .
Original Blitz Club deejay Rusty Egan said: “I’m very, very sad and down tonight because I’ve lost an old friend. We had our disagreements but we did have a decade of the best times that anybody could ever have wished for. We made some amazing music, some amazing parties, clubs and fun and friends. Underneath it all he was a good soul. Steve, I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to say I still love you.”
Chris Sullivan, who ran Soho’s Wag Club: “We were both flamboyant club-running Welsh dandies but were never rivals. Steve had too much dignity for that. We were friends and remained so for the rest of his life. And I can say that Steve, despite quite a few hard years, never lost that that spark, humour or joie de vivre, was forever stylish and was always a pleasure to see.”
Princess Julia, writer and deejay: “Getting dressed up, going out and getting noticed… Steve was head of a subculture the likes of which perhaps we will never see again.”
Kim Bowen, stylist, onetime Queen of The Blitz: “Rushing enthusiasm, involving everyone, creating insane parties going round and round on the Circle Line. Some truly bad outfits (his not mine.) Shockingly, ‘Kim, will you be my official girlfriend?’ ”
And many, many more delicious anecdotes…
Posted in Britain, Clubbing, Fashion, History, interviews, London, New Romantics, nightlife, obituaries, Pop music, Swinging 80s, Tipping points, Tributes, videos, Youth culture, zeitgeist
Tagged Blitz Kids, Chris Sullivan, Kim Bowen, New Romantics, Princess Julia, Rusty Egan, Stephen Harrington, Steve Strange, Visage
Former door-girl at the Blitz: “Your Look isn’t extreme enough, you’re not coming in!” Janet Lyon guards the door to Lucy Bell’s photo gallery in St Leonards where vintage Blitz Kids gathered to view themselves in their prime
◼ EVERY TUESDAY FOR A YEAR as the 1980s dawned, Steve Strange had been declaring a “private party” in the shabby Blitz wine bar near London’s Covent Garden. Inside, precocious 19-year-olds presented an eye-stopping collage, posing away as stiletto-heeled vamps dressed for cocktails in a Berlin cabaret. Others came as wicked witches, kohl-eyed ghouls, futuristic man machines. Bored by the nihilism of punk with its message of “No future”, these school-leavers were determined to shape a future for themselves. At the Blitz only outrage secured entry: and some Blitz Kids spent the whole of Tuesday perfecting their Look.
Last Thursday in Sussex, previously unseen images taken in 1980 inside the club by ex-Time magazine photographer Terry Smith went on show and for sale for the next six weeks. In the spirit of the Blitz, we set up a snap of Janet Lyon with a red rope barrier on the door at Lucy Bell’s gallery for this week’s Private View. Back in the day Janet helped Steve Strange to vet new arrivals by judging how much wit and outrage they had invested in their Look. Turn inside to read our report on the vintage Blitz Kids and others who made it past the door. . .
➢ Visit the Lucy Bell Fine Art gallery website
Terry Smith, the former Time magazine photographer: recalling his shoot with Malcolm McLaren and proteges Bow Wow Wow in the mid-70s
➢ Exclusively at Shapers of the 80s:
20 of Terry Smith’s unseen Blitz Club pix – in colour
➢ Exclusively at Shapers of the 80s:
20 more of Terry Smith’s unseen Blitz Club pix . . . plus the resulting Time magazine feature from September 1980
Posted in art, Britain, Clubbing, collecting, exhibitions, Fashion, History, journalism, Media, New Romantics, photography, Swinging 80s, Tipping points, Youth culture, zeitgeist
Tagged Andy Bulled, Clare Thom, Debbie Ripley, Eve Ferret, Fiona Dealey, Francesca von Thyssen, George O’Dowd, Hattie Pearson, Helen Robinson, Ian Meek, Janet Lyon, Jon Lockwood, Kirsten Reynolds, Lucy Bell Fine Art, Paul Freyler, St Leonards Sussex, Stephen Jones, Steve Strange, Sue Tilley, Terry Smith, Tommy Crowley