27 January 2008
A combination of the Christmas 1982 Top Of The Pops being re-aired on BBC Four, and Mondo's letter from Dave Vanian inspires me to tell you this little gem of a tale...
A guy who frequents my 80s night and is heavily into his 80s indie, new wave and goth stuff, went to a Damned concert in Manchester recently. During the gig, the crowd decided, for reasons not explained, to start singing "Sensible's a w*nker, Sensible's a w*nker" at the erstwhile scarlet-bereted axeman.
Burns, to use his real surname, responded by walking over to a keyboard at one side of the stage, adjusting the microphone so it reached his mouth and shouting "Shut the f*ck up, or it's Happy Talk."