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September 10, 2006

My Leather Jacket

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desperate bicycles
It wasn’t my first leather jacket and it wasn’t my last, but it was my definitive leather jacket. It’s origins are shrouded in mystery, I was told it had some connection with the Oxford Hell’s Angels by my mate Killer but who knows. It was ‘lived in’ when I got it and too big for me. This was before the days when leather was distressed in the factory. It’s main function was to be worn while riding my Suzuki Rebel motorbike.

One day, in preparation of a concert by The Cure and Siouxie and The Banshees (when Robert Smith played guitar with the Banshees as well as fronting The Cure – due to the Banshees guitarist being injured), it was modified. Chris, my next door neighbour, painted it to my design: adapted from the Desperate Bicycles cover for their second single The Medium Was Tedium. A words like Pride couldn’t describe how I felt wearing it.

That night at the Coventry Apollo was very hot and sadly was a seated venue (I hate sitting down for live music). It was great music though, and in amongst the humid, electric atmosphere at the end of the Banshees set I went to stand up and applaud with all my might and get them back for an encore. Anyone with experience of Acrylic paint will understand that I had to be prised from my seat by two companions and the jacket would have red fluff from the Apollo seats for many months afterwards.

I’m sure I will talk again about why the Desperate Bicycles were the epitomy of a musical revolution, why there is much work but new opportunities for that revolution, and why the new single by Shut Your Eyes And You’ll Burst Into Flames caused me to recall all of this. Until I write that, I will just remember the leather jacket.

Shut Your Eyes And You’ll Burst Into Flames

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