I’ve Been To A Post-Punk Postcard Fair

We had a family day out yesterday and decided to visit Liverpool, and very nice it was too. We picnicked in Sefton Park and had a look at the restored Palm House (derelict when I was a student in Liverpool circa 88-91), then called in at my old first-year halls of residence where the staff were happy for us to have a poke around- apart from a few cosmetic changes and a filled in pond it was almost unchanged in twenty four years, and I almost got to look in my old room but a student was still occupying it. Then we headed off down the waterfront and ambled about, ending up in the new Museum Of Liverpool which was much better than I expected, especially the recreation of the old overhead railway. The Liverpool music exhibition was full of lovable moptops memorabillia but I found several more interesting exhibits: some Billy Fury odds and ends; Pete Wylie’s pop-art guitar; the doorsign to Cream (!?!); the ultimate exhibit- a handwritten set of lyrics to Half Man Half Biscuit’s Joy Division Oven Gloves, a song containing more great lines than most artists will manage in their entire career. Now that Wirral no longer has a lido like the one pictured above to draw the crowds, the council should surely consider an HMHB museum- House of HMHB? Blackwell Modern? The HMHB Centre?

Joy Division Oven Gloves (Peel Session)