THE SOME BIZZARE PARTY at The Canal Bar
I nearly didn't go down to the Canal Bar for the Some Bizzare bash. But then I did and I'm so glad. My friend, Michelle, waved as I walked in and ordered drinks.
Stevo (founder of the Some Bizzare record label) was milling about, Michelle tried to introduce me to him but he was on a mission to somewhere. (Had a drink, see)
But I smiled at Michelle, because this was enough for me, as memories of my youth flooded back. I had after all, read in awe the stories about this man in the popular early 80's music press.
"Stevo smashes up record company office..." Etc Etc...
He signed them all and put out the Some Bizzare album, which was released in the very early 80's and of which I have an early copy.
Later in the evening, Michelle and I both danced and sang along with the crowd to Marc Almond and Soft Cell records as Stevo took over the decks.
I met some lovely people, like minded because of what Some Bizzare meant back then and still means for them today.
I spoke briefly to Stevo, not about the label relaunch or what he's been doing for the last 30 years... I just spoke to him then waved goodbye. To quote Nico, as I do whenever possible "It was a pleasure then."
What is important now as I look back on those early years of Some Bizzare, is that he took on the music industry with his label and he was only 18!
He did have my attention back then for another reason though..
Soft Cell, The The, Depeche Mode and don't forget Blancmange! ... the list goes on.
Find a copy of Mutant Moments a 7 inch EP by Soft Cell, mostly thrown off stage at very eary gigs
Ask me nicely and I might show you mine....but I won't tell you how I got it...xx