My cousin sent me a message yesterday. It had been 32 years to the day since we saw Melle Mel and the Furious Five at Liverpool’s Royal Court.
About that time we saw quite a few bands together – including Melle Mel on two occasions – at this venerable Liverpool venue.
I particularly remember us drinking bottles of Newcastle Brown while watching PIL who were in their weirdest phase of all at the time. Not weird in terms of playing atonal, off-kilter, bass heavy new wave. But weird in terms of having what looked like `rock’ musicians from central casting in the band.
And why as teenagers we were drinking Newcastle Brown I’ll never know.
The Royal Court was virtually a second home for about five years.I’ll be surprised if I didn’t go almost once a week to see someone – anyone!
Not that MMATFF were just anyone. We were huge fans of the nascent hip-hop and rap movement and more than 30 years on, Melle Mel’s rapping on The Message and White Lines remains as familiar now as it was then.