Big Bill Drummond had been guitarist in a band called Big in Japan in Liverpool in the lates '70s. One of the first times I saw them play was at a festival in Mathew Street, just down the road from where the Cavern had once been (at that time an NCP car park) and more importantly where Eric's stood.
We used to sit outside Erics in the daytime waiting for something to happen, misdirecting the very few tourists who passed by looking for the Cavern. There was a Four Lads Who Shook The World sculpture above Erics but no-one under the age of 25 in Liverpool in 1978/79 gave a toss about the Beatles.
Liverpool is the pool of life, replacement Jung bust (the original was nicked)
The occasion, the reason for the festival, was the unveiling of a bust of Carl Gustav Jung who had once dreamed about being in Liverpool, with rain and gloom all around, except for one spot, an oasis, a spring where five roads met. Peter O'Halligan identified this spot . . . in a dream, he saw a manhole cover in a palce where five roads met . . . next morning he went to Mathew Street and found the drain cover, overflowing. Incredible, huh!
manhole cover, Mathew Street, sandalled feet of thenewcornpoppy & family
Bill Drummond wrote about a ley line, a cosmic force, that bounced from outer space, hitting the earth in Iceland, coursing through and under Mathew Street and leaving the earth in Papua New Guinea. This explains why the Cavern and Erics were such important places. Incredible, no?
A word about Echo, the Trickster. Bill Drummond "managed" Echo and the Bunnymen in their early crystal days. The cover of the first Bunnymen single on Zoo Records had a character that looked a bit like a rabbit . . . Drummond named it Echo and identified it with the Trickster of mythology. He didn't tell the band.
When the first album came out Drummond noticed that a tree on the cover appeared to be a rabbit's head. Echo had reappeared! Surrounded by his bunny men.
With a hip, hip hop we could watch the bunny men hit the top
Imagine my surprise a couple of decades later when I saw an aerial photograph of this part of the Hamble River, where I spent and spend so many of my days
and finally . . .
Eric's handbill, August 1978, note Dead Trout (I was a sometime member of Dead Trout) supporting The Id (later OMD), Doll by Doll featuring Jackie Leven and Big in Japan's final gig. Not to mention Rezillos, PuniLux, John Cooper Clarke