Tommy The Talking Toolbox would have been proud.
Fun for all the family was had at Howies store in Bristol on Thursday night as our pals at the Barney-mad company hosted an evening to celebrate the publication of Reasons To Be Cheerful.
With the invaluable support and assistance of Howies mainmen Nick Hand (who also took these photos) and Tim March, we mounted a mini-display in a hitherto unused upstairs room as the first in a series of monthly events the guys are organising.
The core of our little taster was a collection of 24 of the 27 variations to the cover of Do It Yourself by Ian Dury & The Blockheads.
Pic: Nick Hand.
This seemed particularly appropriate since the site was once occupied by a Laura Ashley branch; some of the walls in the until-now disused upstairs space are still covered in her divinely daft and dated flowery wallpaper.
Part of the original artwork for 4000 Weeks Holiday (c) P. Kennedy/Reasons 2009
To keep the ID/BB theme going, we also displayed original artefacts and artwork, including the paste-up for what later became the cover of Ian’s 1984 album 4000 Weeks Holiday.
Thought to be among the very last projects Barney worked on, this has been contributed to the Reasons archive by our friend Pauline Kennedy. In her previous incarnation as Caramel Crunch, Pauline was Barney’s assistant and continued his work at such labels as Go! Discs.
Presentation in Howies’ denim room.
With a book signing and talk about Barney, complete with power-point presentation of images from the book, the evening was capped by Paul and Caz mixing up the aural medicine with DJ sets of Barney-related sounds. These, we’re happy to tell you, went down a storm.
BARNEY BUBBLES SOUND SELECTION:
Here’s a selection of 10 of the Barney best to warm the cockles (click on the links to download/buy):
Eastbourne Ladies – Kevin Coyne (Marjory Razorblade 1973)
Inbetweenies – Ian Dury & The Blockheads (Do It Yourself 1979)
Lipstick Vogue – Elvis Costello & The Attractions (This Year’s Model 1978)
Fung Kee Laundry – Quiver (Gone In the Morning 1972)
Love My Way – The Psychedelic Furs (Forever Now 1982)
Opa-Loka – Hawkwind (Warrior On The Edge Of Time 1975)
Post-War Glamour Girl – John Cooper Clarke (Disguise In Love (1978)
Darling Let’s Have Another Baby – Johnny Moped (Cycledelic 1978)
Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode (Speak & Spell 1981)
Ghost Town – The Specials (single 1981)
These are just a few examples of how the BBSS can get the joint jumping. For a playlist from Caz’s set see Howies’ blog Brainfood.