Wednesday, April 7
The Russell Arms, Mornington Crescent, 1986
Mouse was DJing. This was a quiet night. Sometimes you'd have 15 or 20 old Zephyrs, Zodiacs, PA Crestas, Wyverns and Victors outside. That's my black '59 lowline Ford Consul in the third photo.
My life stayed intertwined with this pub for many years. A friend's dad ran it for a while in the late 80s. I saw some of the craziest western saloon-style fights there, one of them complete with liberally-sprayed CS gas and barstools being broken over people's backs.
The music was the constant: hillbilly, rockabilly, jump blues, with the old curry house-patterned carpet in the bar taking a thrashing from dancing feet every week. But the transport changed. I used to ride my '62 XLCH there in '91, and it became a venue for London's burgeoning nouveau-rocker scene; Dave Vanian used to come on his Sportster... the London HA used to turn up; the pavement would be covered with motorcycles.
Then the pub was taken over by the Outcasts MC. Mouse kept DJing. I probably went there last in the late 90s.
Anyone know if it's still a pub?
[Found a couple more shots... me, top with perfect quiff! And girls jiving... my film wasn't fast enough, but I used what I could steal from art school. Some of these photos also appeared in the Rockabilly Underground book]