Hard as nails…

My earliest memories of visiting Sheffield in the 1970’s with my parents was on the rare occasion of being allowed to go to Redgates, a department store boarding Wonka-esque proportions when 7 years of age, floor after floor of delights. With a nod to J.C Penny, the sounds and smells, rhythm and piped music seemed to be a metaphor for this great city of the north.

Ten years later I came to Sheffield in search of much more than Star Wars figurines and new grips for my BMX.

Music caught my interest, the very early days of Pulp, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and the momentous weekly nights at The Limit, Leadmill and the Groovy Fish Tank.

The nights would always begin with a few in a nearby boozer and always end up in a deep and meaningful with an ex-steel worker; withered face, twisted and contorted body, swollen, pink eyes and yet mesmerising, enchanting and enthralling in their banter.

I knew more about the day to day existence of sheet metal workers, cutlers and engineers through this vicarious existence. Only by time passing and with a generous helping of hindsight that I can still hear the rhythmic sounds of heavy industry that rang through every street of this city, replaced by the constructs of synthesised and engineered music which gave way to so many tracks we know and love today.

If you missed the Storyville production The Big Melt, click below the trailer. It is on for a limited time, but worth it none the less.

Big Melt

News 24…

Maybe there is a reason why BBC News spends it’s time feeding satirists and telling us about the 7th storm in the past 12 months, bashing teachers and nurses, the closing down of fire stations, the privatisation of the NHS, Welfare Systems utterly pointless Town Planners and just how terrible it is that a young man from Liverpool is injecting a tanning serum into his arm each week to stay a shade of creosote throughout the year.

Vice News fills in the gaps so it would seem.

I have been in some very dangerous situations with my camera over the years, however the gagging of what is being done to our planet and to each other has to be reported, by whom is our choice and I am sure Aris Roussinos or Tim Pool will be asked to do Strictly Come Dancing in the near future…