Friday, August 04, 2006

An Obituary

Made famous by Jasper Carrott, the deity John Peel's favourite live venue and the place where I tirelessly trained to become an olympic snogger, invariably clad in a rubber dress and 4-inch killer heels, dancing with delicious abandon to Echo Beach, Teenage Kicks, Ram Jam et al, is no more.

The Baths started life, funnily enough, in the 1930s as a municipal swimming pool, popular with the grimy steelworkers in the days before internal plumbing but later transformed itself into one of the UK's premiere ( in my opinion) live music venues.

The much-loved Baths welcomed the likes of the Boomtown Rats, the Hollies, the Searchers, Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Desmond Dekker, New Model Army, China Crisis, Steve Bird's alternative disco and the annual Rock Open, and latterly the tediously regular Rumbleband and various tribute bands, delighting 3 generations of this family alone ( my Mum, Katy Crunch & I, and last night, Jack who went along to watch Enter Shikari) for almost 40 years.

Tonight was to have been its swan song, blasting out in a blaze of glory with The Buzzcocks, but sadly the gig was cancelled so I never did get chance to pay my respects. ( I'm secretly relieved. I was worrying how I was going to get out of that rubber dress without breaking my clavicle).

Ram Jam


Blogger homo escapeons said...

Can anyone tell me what the hell that song was supposed to be about?
I would always end that song with a chorus of Spam Spam Spam Spam lovely spam wonderful spam spam spam spam.

Cherry if you can lather up and get into your rubber dress I will feverishly rummage through my closet for my 5" blue suede stilts, have half of my ass surgically removed and squish into my leathers and we can go dancing.

Since I will be unable to sit down without blowing a couple hundred linear feet of suturing you are guaran-damn-teed that I will be up dancing all night.
Yeah Baby!

9:55 pm  
Blogger The Birdman said...

"Do Jasper Carrott want to play Scunthorpe Baths?"

"They might..."

Only visited the Baths once, for a Works Xmas Do, but there was a half-decent Monkees Tribute-band on, so the night wasn't a dead loss.

10:04 pm  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

I think HE and I would agree that you'd find a legion of volunteers here to help you with the rubber dress problem.

Out of a sense of good manners and decorum, of course . . . . you can stop snickering anytime now.

12:12 am  
Blogger Pete said...

you wearing that dresss for Pott Carr?

6:13 am  
Blogger MIKE DA HAT said...

If my guitar partner Del finds out about that rubber dress he'll be round yours in a flash.

9:23 am  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

Sadly, these days I'd have to be sponsored by Michelin.

Pete, there are undoubtedly practical benefits to wearing rubber for bird-watching. I just can't seem to think of any right now.

11:40 am  
Blogger Mark Gamon said...

Presumably these birds are waterfowl. Or seagulls.

1:51 pm  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

The feathered variety, Mark, certainly. What had you got in mind?

cluwk - rubber garment worn with sturdy boots, often accessorized with binoculars, looks fantastic only in your mind!

2:49 pm  
Blogger Kate said...

I love that song :-)

I don't know that venue, but it's really sad when a place you have such fond memories of closes down.

ps: Pot Carr - is that Potterick Carr? I live near there.

3:29 pm  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

It is Potteric Carr. Why don't you join us if you are free.

3:34 pm  
Blogger Pete said...

CP - I can, will make a great photo for the blog!!!

Kate - yeah join us.

7:03 pm  
Blogger Keshi said...

very informative...and how r we today?


7:35 am  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

Mike, tell Del not to fret. These days I'd have to have a licence from the council to wear rubber. The sort they dish out to used tyre dumps!

8:45 pm  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

Hi Kheshi - all the better for seeing you x

8:46 pm  

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