Why did 80’s band try to look so bleak and cold?

Eugene & the Egg – 80s Brisbane band

I found some old photos on the weekend of a band I was in back at uni in the 8Os in sunny Brisbane – Eugene & The Egg. I’m at the back playing drums along with Eugene on guitar and Rene on bass. A talented photographer friend of ours, Des, took some photos – forests, trench coats, scarves and bleak black & white images were very “in” at the time.

How to look arty, British, and bleak in sunny Brisbane

Joy Division

Looking back, it was funny – we wanted to look arty and bleak and cold and so we waited for an overcast day. I reckon Des did a fantastic job of making us look “not Brisbane” (Not that there was anything wrong with Brisbane!) We just wanted to look (and sound) English. At least Rene and I did – Eugene kept his individual and inimitable singing style! I admire Eugene’s sense of self – rather than wanting to sound like someone else – which I would always do! So impressionable!

Echo & The Bunnymen

One of my favourite bands at the time was Joy Division. I reckon Des said a great job trying to get that bleak British band vibe – dark band against a stark sky. No smiling! Maybe even  a dash of angst.

 

Is Rene angry or just freezing in the Brisbane cold?

Joy Division – black and white photos were so “in”.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank Des for capturing those days.

So, if you are a Joy Division fan or a fan of that period in music in general, here’s a link to more than 100 photos of the time.

http://www.last.fm/music/Joy+Division/+images/4227094

If this post has got you in the mood for some fine music from that period here are links to some Joy Division and Echo & The Bunnymen.

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Hi, I'm a lawyer turned journalist/speechwriter/presentation coach - combining business experience with personal passions for music and writing to blog about persuasion, retro, music, and even business lessons from theatre and performing
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