Music Monday: Anarcho punk 1984 in New Cross & Old Kent Road

'Not Just Bits of Paper', edited by Tony Bull and Mickey Penguin is 'A series of recollections, memories, imagined dreams perhaps from the collective memories of those who lived through the punk and anarcho-punk years' of the 1980s (available from Situation Books). It includes lots of flyers and other 'ephemera' and I noticed these two ...

Bob’s Abandoned Bike Shop on the Old Kent Road

These empty shop fronts on the Old Kent Road (opposite Asylum Road, near to Toys R Us) have been decorated with signs saying 'Untitled Ltd' and 'Bob's Abandoned Bike Shop'. The typography makes me suspect that the artist Bob & Roberta Smith may have been involved, but I may be wrong - anyone know anymore?

London’s Linguistic Wealth – a new world taking shape?

Multi-lingual wood carving in Fordham Park, New Cross'One of the most complex, unique and fascinating aspects of London is its linguistic landscape. Its streets are rich with evidence that London is inhabited by people who speak and read many languages. Multi-lingual cacophony fills the air in all public places. Newsagents throughout London display an impressive ...

Knocked ‘Em in the Old Kent Road

Former Hollywood child star Shirley Temple (1928-2014) died this week. Once upon a long time ago she sang a South London song in 'The Little Princess' (1939), loosely based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Fallen on hard times as a servant girl, she searches the Veterans Hospital for her missing father, entertaining the ...

Supermarket Self-Checkout – is scanning kind of scabbing?

Always been a Marc Almond fan musically, and I think we can claim a bit of him for South London as he lived around the Bermondsey Street area for quite a while (not sure he still does). In fact he's just about to release an exciting-sounding London-themed album 'The Tyburn Tree' with John Harle, which ...

Old Kent Road 1983: A Smash Hits Advert

Like Punk Never Happened- Brian McCloskey's Smash Hits Archive is a great site featuring fortnightly scans of issues of the pop magazine from 30 years ago. This Premium Bonds advert from June 23 1983 features a young woman standing by an Old Kent Road street sign and dreaming of an advance to Mayfair (i.e. from the ...

Music Monday: James Maker and Morrissey in Bermondsey

In his recently published 'Autobiography' (Penguin, 2013), Morrissey mentions spending time in Bermondsey before forming The Smiths. The teenage Moz was an obsessive New York Dolls fan, and a letter of his published in a 1977 music paper led to another young Dolls fan from South London getting in touch with him. James Maker lived ...

Undercover with the Bushwackers

Yesterday's Telegraph had an interview with James Bannon, who infiltrated Millwall firm the Bushwackers as an undercover cop in the late 1980s:'At 7pm on Friday April 3 1987, two novice undercover police officers left Brockley police station for a drive down the Old Kent Road in south London. These were grim miles of looming tower ...

Music Monday: Maria Minerva

The video for Maria Minerva's new track Soulsearchin was filmed by Laid Eyes around various SE London locations in Catford (the cat feaures), Lewisham , Peckham (Rye Lane) and Brockley. The last part was seemingly shot in Aladdins Cave salvage yard on Loampit Vale SE13. At one point Maria clambers over the old Russian tank in Mandela ...