Michael Laing (rock_dinosaur) wrote,
Michael Laing
rock_dinosaur

'The Turkeys' Revenge' at Baldridgeburn Institute, Dunfermline

The Alternative, The Dissidents, Mutual Fear, Heretix B.C. and Why at the Baldridgeburn Institute, Dunfermline, 24th December, 1982. This was fun! I'd been at a Christmas Eve do with my colleagues from the architects' office where I worked, and I arrived at the gig in high spirits. Alcohol was a new and wonderful thing to me then! The venue was packed - every punk from Kincardine to Kirkcaldy seemed to be there - and it was the biggest audience I'd played to so far. For some reason it was decided that The Dissidents should come on stage wearing red noses, and I seem to remember I also wore red-painted welly-boots with cotton wool around the tops. When The Alternative's turn came to go on stage, Rodney was feeling ill and it looked like they wouldn't be able to play, but I had an idea: I knew vaguely how most of their songs went on guitar, and suggested that I take Rodney's place. Unfortunately, as soon as The Alternative started playing, I realised that I was completely blootered and I couldn't remember a single note of any of their songs! Craig, Rice, Dougie, Gogs, Rodney and Murph, I would now like to take this opportunity to apologise! Fortunately, my embarrassment was cut short as after a couple of songs the Fife Constabulary arrived and attempted to stop the gig (possibly due to the horrible noise I was making with Rodney’s guitar), and there were amusing scenes as they tried to force their way into the venue while the audience pressed themselves up against the doors to keep them out. Punk rockers: 1, Polis: 0!


Craig Nichol and Dougie McHale of The Alternative at 'The Turkeys' Revenge' at the Baldridgeburn Institute, Dunfermline, Fife, 24th December, 1982. [Steven Gray]


The Alternative at 'The Turkeys' Revenge' at Baldridgeburn Institute, Dunfermline, Fife, 24th December, 1982. [Steven Gray]
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