A new book, A Scene In Between, charts the vintage fashions of the UK indie scene of the 1980s. Here’s The Pastels shot by Jim Barr outside Rough Trade in 1986.
Here’s young upstarts Morrissey and Marr of The Smiths, shot by Martin Whitehead in 1983. They’re playing Moles Club, in Bath, and Marr is modelling the bowl cut that was a staple of the scene’s look.
Norman Blake, Francis Macdonald, Billy Woods, Duglas T Stewart, Jim McCulloch and Joe McAlinden of BMX Bandits, shot by Sharon Fitzgerald in Bellshill in 1987.
John Mohan and Philip King of The Servants pile into a tour van in Brighton in 1985.
Robert Cooksey, James Roberts, Bridget Duffy, Simon Woodcock, Mark Bevin of The Sea Urchins shot in 1986 by Mick Geoghagen. Heralding from West Bromwich, The Sea Urchins personify the ‘80s/’60s indie youth crossover style – going for the all out anorak attack.
The Shop Assistants shot in 1985 by Mark Flunder, live at Dan Treacy’s Room at The Top club, above the Enterprise pub, Chalk Farm, London. The band were originally called Buba and the Shop Assistants and released the ‘Something To Do’ single on Stephen Pastel’s cool Villa21 Records.
Primal Scream live at the Clarendon, Hammersmith, London shot by Dave Driscoll in 1985. Primal Scream’s first single ‘All Fall Down’ epitomises the Byrdsian, Love inspired wistful jangle sound that was beginning to engulf the UK indie scene in the mid ‘80s.The follow-up’s B side, ‘Velocity Girl’ was included on NME’s C86 cassette compilation.
Primal Scream live at Room at the Top, London in 1985.
Stephen Pastel live at the Onion Cellar, Edinburgh in 1986, photographed by Jim Barr.
Dan Treacy photographed by Mark Flunder in 1982. Treacy was a founding member of the Television Personalities and of Whaam! Records.
Orange Juice photographed by by Peter Mc Arthur live at The Spaghetti Factory, Glasgow in 1981.
Norman Blake, John Charnley, Gino Lonta, Bill Charnley, Andy Brady of short-lived cool Glasgow teen jingle janglers Clouds, shot in 1987 by Martin Whitehead.
A very young Bobby Gillespie with Jesus and Mary Chain bandmates Douglas Hart and William Reid at Ziggy’s, Plymouth in 1985. Photo by Valerie Hicks. East Kilbride’s Jesus and Mary Chain were apparently named after a free gift in a cereal packet.
The Smiths shot by Martin Whitehead at Moles Club, Bath in September 1983. One of a series of photos which have been languishing in a box in negative form for 30 years and have never seen the light of day until ‘A Scene In Between’.