Peter Stringfellow, the tycoon behind the eponymous London club, has died aged 77. You’d have heard of his clubs, no doubt. They attracted guests like Charlie Sheen, Stephen Hawking and er, some of Britpop’s finest, apparently.
In 1995, NME published an article about how Stringfellow “fawningly” welcomed the members of Blur in his London club, and he wasn’t happy about it. Not at us, per se, but the Blur boys. Turns out, they weren’t such great guests at his establishment. So he wrote us a letter about how they were some of the most “obnoxious little shits” he’d ever had in the club. He also said that their attitude was “pretentious and phoney” and called them a “bunch of sad young kids”.
However, he lauded other Britpop scallywags Pulp and Menswear in the letter saying that “they had a fantastic time, and still managed to keep their credibility without being obnoxious”. Having some of music’s greatest – and Menswear – hanging out in of his joints should come as no surprise – Stringfellow’s association with music goes way back. He was famous for booking bands like The Beatles, Jimi and Hendrix and more during his days as a nightclub promoter in the ’60s.
Read the full letter, if you please, in full below.
In 1995 Peter Stringfellow sent NME this letter. Turns out he was more of a Pulp man. pic.twitter.com/kTCKkYSztE
— David Renshaw (@ddavidrenshaw) July 24, 2015