One of the joys of working at Nostalgia & Comics was the wonderful mix of customers, acquaintances and colleagues I've known throughout the years. Many of them wonderful, interesting, talented people.
But none more so than my good friend Simon.
When I first met him he was struggling to balance being a musician and being a comic artist. In the end the music won out. His band, with his equally talented brother Tim, became a Nostalgia & Comics regular night out.
There were three wonderful incarnations:
The thing about the band was they genuinely should have been big. (I know, how many times do you hear that?). They had they music - catchy infectious pop-rock or an intelligent grunge sound at one point. But through bad luck and bad timing the highlight was the Teenage Ramraid single.
We spent many nights in local venues cheering them on. Dudley JB's, The Hare & Hounds, Flapper & Firkin, Hibernian, and more. It was a partisan thing of course, seeing your friends in a band. But it was more than that. They were really good and the gigs were always a great night out.
Hell, one day they might even get out and do some more. We'd all be older but I'm sure we could stir ourselves one more time. In the meantime we still get the cds out now or flick the I-pod onto R, V or S for a musical bit of Nostalgia.
video footage & song here
download video to Teenage Ramraid