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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Wonder if any longer-term residents have heard of this group called Hornsey At War (who put out a homemade record in the early 1980s?


No one seems to know too much about them (no address on the record sleeve) but I can't imagine you would call yourselves Hornsey At War if you didn't know N8.

Any other chat about third division bands from round here much appreciated.

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We got the Raincoats and TG gigs on the coattails of the Peel session.  I was a terrible drummer.  I used to get really knackered and just stop mid song for a rest.  We were a bit ‘industrial’ so I think the audience imagined it was intentional.

Sunderland had a thriving scene in the late 70s.  The scariest gig we ever did was supporting the Angelic Upstarts in South Shields.  They had a pig’s head they used to throw into the audience when they did Liddle Towers.  The first time we played (Sunderland Poly student union) a gang of Hells Angels decided to attended.  We ended up locked in a store cupboard until the police cleared them out.

Will go a-hunting for that Peel Session! The TG world was/is fascinating to me. Went for a family pilgrimage down to their HQ in Hackney a while back - no longer as edgy as it was then. Former work colleague was friendly with all those people: the thought of them being friendly seemed completely wrong to me.

Those Upstarts records were/are great but it sounds from more recent stuff I read that Mensi was a complicated guy (20 odd kids by various partners, rep as a tough guy landlord). I had read about those pig's head shows: that must have been pretty intimidating.

I am from the opposite coast to Sunlun and Hell's Angels/Cycle Gypsies were still kicking around in the early 90s being creepy, so I can sympathise. Knobheads in their 40s still getting off on intimidating teenagers.

I was a bit of a TG groupie and went to Industrial Records HQ in Martello Street a few times before the band imploded.  I knew Peter Christopherson as I shared a flat with someone who worked for him at Hipgnosis. I went to as many of their performances as I could, including the one at the Centro Iberico when someone tried to set fire to the stage!  I think I still have the ticket somewhere.

Found it!

Cor! Great thing to have kept. Have just been googling cause I never knew where that venue was. Sleazy and his partner used to sell their records to the shop where I worked in W11, but that was mid-90s. He seemed very genial.

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