Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Punk in Croydon 1978

Autumn 1978 and Croydon was at the heart of the punk rock explosion. This great flyer is for gigs at the Greyhound, a pub/music venue that used to stand on Park Lane, opposite the Fairfield Halls and Croydon College (it was later known as the Blue Orchid). The Doomed was actually members of the Damned, some of whom were from Croydon. Siouxsie and the Banshees (mis-spelt on flyer) grew out of the 'Bromley Contingent' of Bowie kids/early punks, Billy Idol (lead singer of Generation X) was also in the Bromley Contingent. Rezillos were a marvellous Scottish band, Penentration were from the North East. Quite a line up.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

That will be 1978, not 1977.

Transpontine said...

Yes you're right, have corrected it.

Anonymous said...

I was at the Doomed/Damned gig. They gave out free singles and were in the bar signing them. A week later Siouxsie and the Banshees cancelled at the last minute, I think because of problems with the floor. They played in Purley a month or so later.