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Paul revisits the heyday of punk

PUNK bands who were playing Solihull over 30 years ago have had chance to relive their heyday.

PUNK bands who were playing Solihull over 30 years ago have had chance to relive their heyday.

Paul Florence, from Kingshurst, has released a documentary about Mell Square Musick - a record which became an international collectors’ item.

The EP, released in 1979, featured four borough bands: The Accused, Cracked Actors, 021 and The Undertakers.

“There was a big punk scene in Solihull, lots of live bands would play at “the lair” in the Golden Lion pub,” said Paul. “We formed groups at Solihull College and would gather round the jukebox in the common room and discuss ideas. I was the singer in The Accused, though I suppose I was more of a shouter in those days.”

The teenagers funded the project themselves, laying down the tracks at Skarth Studios, Birmingham.

Only 1000 copies were pressed, with the bands photocopying individual sleeves and hand-writing the labels.

Since its release, it’s become a genuine collector’s item - selling for up to £100 on eBay.

And Paul, now 48, and working for Jobcentre Plus, decided to produce a film documentary about the project.

“I’d kept in touch with a few people, but lost contact with many others - so I had to do a bit of detective work,” he said. “They were very happy to be involved in the film and it was great to be able to relive our youth.”

Yesterday’s anarchists are now managing directors and computers engineers - though a few have kept up the music.

* You can order the DVD from paulpanic@fsmail.net and the record itself has recently been re-released, available from Amazon.com.

 

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