➤ Nightlife attempts to unravel the cult
stepping back in time
First published in The Face, April 1983
With a pair of self-confessed Gary Numan clones as DJs, London’s Padded Cell was a confused oddity on London’s Saturday scene when I filed this report for The Face No 36…
❏ “For a lot of these kids it’s their introduction to London nightlife. Some are futurists, some are posers, some have come on from the Chelsea Potter, some haven’t got into the Wag because they don’t look like Ollie. But don’t ask me where they are musically because I don’t think anybody knows any more.” – Seven Webster, the bleach-head with a tongue and a half
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REVIEW IN THE FACE:
◼ “If you saw guys in make-up in the gents, they’re posers because they haven’t the front to go into the ladies. If you saw them in the ladies they’d be the real thing.” – DJ Dave “Valeriun” Cockburn
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MONTH’S NIGHTLIFE SELECTION
QUANDO at Manhattan, Manchester
Alternate Tuesdays £1.
No funk, no fighting, no posing – and the whole night gets videoed. “We’re pissheads and this is a live venue for our buddies” (host Rick). “We showed Divine movies on our first night and people complained they were sick” (host X-Clothes Lee). “The jazz you can’t hear elsewhere in Manchester” from ex-Exit, ex-Berlin DJs Simon Gibson and Marc Berry (pictured).
UPDATE: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
August 2019 – At Facebook Seven Webster reports: “For the last two years I have been busy managing one of the most prolific & talented artists, song writers & guitarists that I have had the privilege of working with Mr Andy Taylor formerly of Duran Duran… Andy has been busy back in the studio working on a fantastic new forthcoming solo album due out next year on BMG as well as producing and writing work with some other brilliant artists. This month proudly saw Andy sign a new publishing deal.”
➢ Andy Taylor signs with Round Hill for publishing
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