Sunday, September 24, 2006

Nathan and the Mondays



I've been trading emails with Nathan McGough, former manager of The Happy Mondays, who recalls several amazing incidents during The Brain tour to Iceland... Trays of peas being thrown across an aircraft interior have been mentioned... I hope to get Nathan on the phone and join the dots...

The Brain and Banksy...



My old school friend Adam Lawrence was over in Los Angeles photographing the Banksy show with Lee Coan of FHM. It was great to see Adam (who I haven't seen in 12 years) and to meet Lee. Ironically enough Adam and Lee took me out to dinner with Jo and Jackie from jb-pr - who were visiting LA as Publicists for Banksy. Over dinner at Musso & Franks, in Hollywood, Jo recalled the opening night of the Brain Club. She still had her temporary membership card - so she said. Michael Holden had recently scanned his membership card and emailed it to me... Luke Leitch, the Times Arts columnist, was also out to dinner with me and the Banksy folks. Luke recalls going to the club with his father and his father's friend - Duncan X from SHEEP ON DRUGS. The world just gets smaller and smaller... Luke must've been all of sixteen years old when he first visited The Brain... Pictured above is Michael Holden's membership card...

Thursday, August 31, 2006

On the phone with Wigan...



Yesterday I spoke to Mark Wigan - celebrated pop culturist, painter, and co-founder of The Brain... I met Wigan in 1986 at Sullivan's winebar when he was doing a saturday night called 'The Boiler' with a guy from Hull called Deece. It was great to chat with Wigan after almost a decade and a half... It seems strange how far i travelled only to go back to the beginning, where it all started... I also want to give a big shout out to Kerry Baldry who has already supplied numerous addresses and phone numbers so we can hook-up with the oldest and most faithful Brain-Club-Allstars...

Wigan reminded me of the long since disappeared big fella who called himself 'GOD.' What a character? He would constantly repeat 'we are all free living beings, constant and forever alive...' The original Brain Club flyer read; 'music for immortals.' Well there you go - indeed the hand of providence is in everything... Yeah Boyyyeeee!!!

VISIT Wigan's Website
VISIT Kerry Baldry's Website

David Gray revisted...




I just got off the phone with Michael Holden - formerly of Loaded, and now The Guardian... Michael told me about him and his mate approaching Sean in 1990 and asking to do a night at The Brain... Sean gave Michael a Monday. One of the acts that Michael 'put on' for his opening night was a relatively unknown singer that Rob (Michael's brother) had just signed... That singer was David Gray.... Michael said he kept a photo of that night... I don't have the photo in question, yet - so I stole one and put it up instead...

Christy Turlington spotted at the Brain...


It HAS started. The emails - reconnecting with people 'from back in the day...' Legendary Brain doorman Fola Odentoyinbo emailed us with a list of who he remembers letting in the club... Some of the names are familiar - others stand-out... Here is the list...

BOY GEORGE, PATRICK FORGE, GILLES PETERSON, BILLY NASTY, GLEN GUNNER, ANDY WEATHERALL, PAUL OAKENFOLD, THE FARM, BOBBY GILLESPIE, OLLY & SUZI, BARNSLEY WORLD FAMOUS, GEORGE MICHAEL, RIFAT OZBEK, JOHN GALLIANO, JASON CONRAN, CHRISTIE TURLINGTON, SMILER, FRASER, BARRY K SHARPE, NORMSKI, FLOWERZ (CONSTANTINE MCRAE), PABLO COOK, ROBERT ELMS, SHERYL GARRETT...

Christy Turlington... My goodness... What a scorcher...

Welcome back to 1990...

We are compiling an oral history of the Brain club which inhabited 11 Wardour Street between 1990 and 1992... This post is just to signal kick-off...