On the back of this old photo it says, Reduce 2″ high, please retain burnt edges. Page 67 – Virgin Prunes 1980 – Photo -Hugh McGuinesss.
On 22 November 1978, the Virgin Prunes appeared at a chaotic gig featuring many bands including Strange Movements, New Versions, the Citizens and the event organisers, the Skank Mooks. It took place in St Anthony’s Hall, Wellington Quay, (close to the Ha’penny bridge), Dublin, My brother Eamonn was at the gig and below is his account of if as it appeared in issue 1 of his fanzine Too Late from December 1978.
If you can overcome the poor handwriting, its worth a read.
**** Update 19/2/2013 ****
The review from Too Late fanzine of this gig (scan above) mentions the fuss surrounding Strange Movements and whether they would play or not. Now thanks to Garry O’Neill of Where Were You we have some photos of this row. Garry says …
“I got the photos from a lad called Ronan who was a friend of Turlough’s brother Cathal, while collecting material for Where Were You?
That’s Turlough from Strange Movements looking like Jamie Oliver in a leather jacker in photo 4 and 5, and his brother Cathal with George or Dick Purdy in the background in photo 6, possibly taken during a sound check. There is also another photo that i have to dig out of the Virgin Prunes on stage.”
Turlough Hill is still my favourite made up name from the Punk era.
Many thanks to Garry for photos. See the Where Were You? Facebook site for loads of other pix.