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Monday 26 March 2007

Ned's Atomic Dustbin

The first gig I ever went to, at least the first one I can remember, was Ned's Atomic Dustbin at the late and lamented Duchess of York in Leeds. It was the summer of 1990, I was in the middle of my GCSEs, christ alone knows how I managed to convince my parents to let me go.

I remember seeing the advert in the NME and being so excited I had to rush to school and tell my friends and convince them to go. I remember that it was Gareth (who was at the Bob gig with me below) and Si. In later years these two were to lead me astray more than any other people since, but they were up for it so off we went.

At the time the band only just released Kill Your Television, so they can only have had about 8 songs but it didn't matter, this was my introduction to proper rock and roll. And watered-down piss-awful beer and stage-diving. And the late train back to Huddersfield.

Ned's Atomic Dustbin were part of the same West Midlands indie scene that gave us The Wonderstuff and Mega City 4. They were so rock and roll they had two bassists and by God they were good live. More than anything though, they sold t-shirts like nobody else alive. Jon the singer couldn't so much as go to the shops without the band releasing a celebratory shirt.

As I typed that last line I remembered that I've still got a t-shirt from that very first gig, it's old and fucked and faded and I've been carting the sodding thing around ever since even though it doesn't fit me, but I've still got it and if I have any say in the matter it'll be buried with me.

I know that the band have cashed in over the past couple of years and you can get pretty much everything on CD now, but "Plug Me In" from the very first Ingredients EP is still one of my favourite 150 seconds of music so here it is in all it's scratchy vinyly goodness.


  1. If you want to delve even further into super-shmindie-ness the support act were The Planet Wilson from Hull.

    They didn't have a drummer, only a percussionist which seemed a bit weedy 'n' twee at the time.

    They had a swanky record deal with Virgin at some point and released two singles "Mouth To Mouth" and "Taken For A Ride". They had an album too, the title of which I forget, but I have it on vinyl somewhere.

    For the record, I don't recall leading you astray. I recall you *begging* me to let you come with me ;)

  2. I think you mean Pop Will Eat Itself rather than Mega City Four. MC4 were from Farnborough in Hampshire.

    Neds, Wonder Stuff and the Poppies were all from Stourbridge in West Midlands.

    Great site by the way - fantastic to be reminded of all these classic songs from my youth Keep up the good work :-)

  3. The Neds were/are my first great indie love.

    I went to see them at King Tuts in Glasgow in February 1992 and had a fantastic time.

    Had to lol at the t-shirts comment as I still have mine from that night even though its about 3 sizes too small for me now.

    My brother was mates with the cousin of Leigh Smiler (iirc) who was the guy that designed all their t-shirts so he used to get loads of cool one-offs and i remember wearing them to that gig and getting lots of "wow where did you get that!"

  4. Like me then, back in the day for some reason used to buy XL t shirts, non of them have fitted me, ever. Stupid baggy t shirts.

  5. Oh my god! I am (still) obsessed with Ned's Atomic Dustbin! How much do you want for the shirt? Seriously!


  6. Hi, I have lost my old Neds shirts and will pay good money if anyone has one for sale! PLEASE....