It took us years to get Specials frontman Terry Hall to come and DJ, and when he eventually came to Pin Ups it was his first ever DJ set in Scotland. (Top DJs Mark Robb and Craig Loosejoints would claim this coup a year later, but sorry chaps – we were there first!)
Terry played a crowd pleasing “guilty pleasures” mix of pop (George Michael and Madonna) and reggae (Desmond Dekker and Max Romeo) during a 2 hour set. There is also a persistent rumour that he defied the smoking ban with a jazz cigarette under the decks. His trade mark downcast demeanour disguises a very nice guy who was happy to answer all my muso questions. Our live bands were Bobby Bluebell’s The Poems, The Firesouls, and a band that would turn out to be one of our favourites, Nacional (who would be forced to change their name by The National’s management, but would end up sharing a bill with The National – under their new name For Abel – at our 7th birthday party).
This was one of the best nights during our short tenure at Sauchiehall Street’s Beat Club. Enjoy the pictures (and see if you can spot comedian Sean Hughes)!