25 Years Too Late...

25 Years Too Late...

Wednesday, 30 September 1987

Meeting Jenny Taylor at 7.15pm


‘Suburban Love’ – Japan



 

STICK THIS IN THE DIARY THEN, JEZZY, IF Y’DARE…

 

Hi there, mates. 

 

‘Where am I now?’ I ask myself. 

 

Well the time is now 6.33 and something shayte past the hour.  I’m in KINGSBURGER in King’s Lynn.  Usual old haunt from January, remember?  So far in the past, eh?  I’m listening to my brand new Personal Stereo.  Tell you ‘bout that when I get home.  Yeah.  The Adolescent Sex LP by Japan is on.  Strange album.  Generally considered to be one of Japan’s crappest works.   Ask me on a shit day and I’d agree, but I always come back to it.  Wonder why?

 

Oh well, after loads of trying to get out of it, I am forced to stay at my Drama tutor’s house tonite.  Y’see, I’ve got to see this play, Faustus, by the Actors Touring Company, but I can’t gerrome from here (KING’S LYNN) and I’ve nowhere to stay, so Ronnie Treece is putting me up.  OH GOD!  I wouldn’t mind, but she’s really hassling me lately.

 

I’m gonna write to Flash on Friday.  I need him, really.  I s’pose he’s in a phase of hating me, just like I’ve ‘despised’ him for the past few weeks.  That weekend with Stan at Gordon.  That’s what did it.  But I’m okay about it now.  Shit, aren’t I?

 

My haircut is bugging me. 

 

My time is nearly up.  Finishing my Lemon Tea now.  I’m meeting Jenny Taylor at 7.15pm.  Remember her?  Cer-rikey, was it really 11 months ago?

 

Goodbye, folks!

 

Later:

 

‘Television’ – Japan



 

Hi!  It’s late and I’m on the sofa bed in Ronnie’s spare room.  HAH!  Sofa beds, eh?  Cor!  Remember a few x-periences on them, matey!  This Japan album is good.  Erm.  Faustus was good, it was nice to hang out with Jenny, and Ronnie + Paul have been very nice + hospitable.  I’m chuffed and buggered.  G’nite!

 



 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’ section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context.  Never forget: no man is an island.  If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1  July  2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes…’

Tuesday, 29 September 1987

Charting


‘The Girl at the End of My Gun’ – Alien Sex Fiend



 

SING!

 

JUST WHAT DID HAPPEN TODAY?

The Sisters of Mercy entered the commercial Gallup Chart at No.13.  The mystery of this band fades.  It seems that the universe has stolen our ‘pets’.  But The Sisters of Mercy’s credibility will be retained.  REAL fans I know are me, Justine, Flash, Nyall, Johnny, Bugs and Naomi.  But it’s quite possible that the trendies have nicked our God.  Aw, I’m just as bad, I suppose.

 

‘The Garden Of Delight’ – The Mission



 

I took my personal stereo back.  No hassle.  I looked nasty + was very precise, sharp + to the point.  The assistant’s face dropped a bit, but no questions were asked.  The whole thing was over in 2 minutes.  I walked out with a lovely new BLACK PS.  No hassle.  I felt good.

 

JUSTINE WAS DELICIOUS.

 

KISS OF PAND’RA…

KISS OF PAND’RA…

 

A long and shapely leg in fish-knets and stiletto-heeled buckle boots…

 

A hideous flesh-dripping skull with black goth hair…

 

LORD OF SULPHUR KILLS THE CHRISTIAN…

 

An open mouth with sexy red lips…

 

A jawless skull…

 

A long-haired skull with blood dripping from its mouth and psychic waves emanating from its forehead…

 

BLEEDING HEAVEN ON THE FLOOR…

 

The Alien Sex Fiend…

 

A stiletto heeled buckle boot with sharp spurs…

 

A gorgeous goth-girl in a nun-like costume with huge white crucifix…

 

ACROSS THE GROUND OF BLISTERED YEARNING…

 

Lily Munster…

 

LOOKING FOR NECHRONOGOTH…

 

KISS MY PAND’RA…

KISS MY PAND’RA…

 

A skull flying with bat wings…

 

ANCIENT

MARINER

 

A spike-headed goth…

 

the Voyager

 

BORING THROUGH THE SKULL OF EARTH…

 

Pretty David Sylvian…

 

WORMS IN THE RESTING PLACE…

FEED AND DIE…

 

YOU’RE LOOKING FOR

NECHRONOGOTH…

 

A pointing cadaverous finger…

 

Spider-Man…

 

KISS OF PAND’RA…

NECHRONOGOTH…

 



 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’ section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context.  Never forget: no man is an island.  If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1  July  2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Ronnie Treece…’

Monday, 28 September 1987

The Antoinettes


‘Torch’ – The Sisters of Mercy



 

The Dead Dead: 

Ritcherd Winterfood / Danyel Gordon

 

The Magic Roundabout: 

Ritcherd Winterfood / Nyall Watson / Roger Watson

 

Blessed Are The Undead:

Ritcherd Winterfood / Danyel Gordon / Stan Flowers

 

The Antoinettes:                

Ritcherd Winterfood / Stan Flowers / ? / ?

 

LIFE IS GREAT!

 

A lot of things seem to be going my way.

 

Like what?

 

As a person, I feel better.  I feel as though, if I strive and try, I can do what I want to do.  And all I wish to do now is conquer my inhibitions.  Y’see, I’ve got to take my Personal Stereo back to BOOTS and hassle them about why it’s seemingly buggered up for no apparent reason after only 10 months in my possession.  As well as that, I’ve got to hassle the college Finance Office as to why they’re charging me five pounds and fifteen pence for a trip I never actually went on.

 

I feel generally happy; probably to do with my smartness and togetherness of image.

 

I have Justine.  Now, it would be crap to say: ‘This is IT!  THE ONE!’, because I don’t feel totally obsessive about it in the way I have done with other girls.  Perhaps we’ll work quite well together.  And she may be staying here at Gay Blackberry on Saturday + Sunday nite.  And I may be staying with her at her nan’s next Wednesday nite after the Tech disco.

 

My room looks great!  On Wall A (the ‘Munsters wall’), I have pictures of: Herman + Lily; the Munsters and a car; Herman in a waiting room; three different family portraits, and a complete episode guide.  On Wall B (the ‘various wall’), I have: an Alternative Store advert; a Punk Post advert; a photstrip of me ‘n’ Roger in the photo booth of Boots; negatives from the photo session I did; an abstract of one of the photos of me from the photo session; a Shock advert; a Shock receipt; a map and directions to the Alternative Store; my autographed photo of the YTC performing The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari; a picture of Fields Of The Nephilim by Nigel Prince; an Alien Sex Fiend discography; a Gene Loves Jezebel picture by Nigel Prince; an Alien Sex Fiend advert; and a poster of Bela Lugosi as Dracula.  Then there is Wall C (the ‘sacred wall’), which features: a poster of The Sisters Of Mercy’s Merciful Release logo; printed lyrics to ‘This Corrosion’, and a large advert for ‘This Corrosion’, featuring a photo of Eldritch + Morrison.

 

I am to write various comedy sketches for College Rag Week.

 

I consider Luggage to be a good mate again, after all the hassle he gave me over Justine. xxx.

 

Thanks to me, Justine likes The Zodiac Motel.

 

I am producing + directing a version of Kate Bush’s The Kick Inside at the Angles Theatre with Stan Flowers.  [What you on about?  You mean The Ninth Wave, y’tit – Ritcherd Oct 87]

 

I have joined a band as singer / songwriter.  I am in THE ANTOINETTES with Stan and loads o’ others.

 

Nyall has been nice to me.

 

So things are great.

 

‘All The Madmen’ – David Bowie



 

There are only a few shit things:

 

Danyel ‘Flash’ Gordon.  WHO?!

 

All the people who’ve made Doctor Who into a shitter programme with this latest story: Time And The Rani (Part Four).

 

My spots.

 

My lack of money.

 

My hair keeps flopping.

 

BUT LIFE IS GREAT, SO NAFF OFF!

 

‘The Love Cats’ – The Cure



 

(‘Colours’, ‘This Corrosion’ and ‘Torch’ are God’s kids).

 

Life’s a riot with Cock vs. Dick.

 

Yoo-Hoo!  Gordy!

 

Later:

 

When it came to my destruction, I fell backwards.  ‘Fuck my soul’, yelled a crazy head, and the cow, cried in my face.

 



 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’ section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context.  Never forget: no man is an island.  If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1  July  2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘More japery…’

Sunday, 27 September 1987

Finishing the Waxy X-Periment


10.30am.

 

‘Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da’ – The Beatles



 

AH!  It’s Sunday!  I’m in love with Justine and I feel fine!  Never have Sunday’s felt so good.  Well not in a long while, at least.  Oh!  Ho hum!  Goodbye.

 

Later:

8.45pm.

 

‘Burn’ – The Sisters of Mercy



 

Oh what a day!  Stan and I have just spent all day writing and messing about with the script for the final scenes of The Waxy X-Periment by us, the BTC.  We still ain’t finished, and what we did took about 4 hours.  It was harrowing – but great!  It’s one of the best ‘Situation’ scripts I’ve done.  It should, of course, have been written and recorded at Flash’s, but, as Stan points out, Flash has shown an immense lack of interest, so me ‘n’ Stan have had to pull it out of the shit before it gets discarded and forgotten.

 

I dislike Flash over this lack of communication. 

 

‘Ignore the Machine’ – Alien Sex Fiend



 

Stan was a good help, and the finished script shows that we hardly needed Flash at all.  It would have been nice to have him play some of the parts, but we managed quite well on our own, thanks.

 

DANYEL GORDON: He’s really keeping himself to himself.  Who is this guy?  What a donka!

Do I mean this? 

 

I doubt it!

 

What a day!

 

I love Justine xxxxxxx

 



 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’ section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context.  Never forget: no man is an island.  If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1  July  2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Bands…’

Saturday, 26 September 1987

Rejuvenation


‘This Corrosion’ – The Sisters of Mercy



 

Release.  The new me.  And so.  IT BEGINS!  The catalyst has arrived.  Pushing me eternally forward as the totally ‘new’ me.  Okay, I’m not totally ‘new’, but something internal is taking place.  I feel better.  Confident.  Happy.  And if I may be so bold, I FEEL SUPERIOR!  On two feet.  Give me no hassle.  I can take it all on.  Depression?  What’s that?

 

My life rejuvenates once more.  This is my ‘new life’.  One of many, it may be said.  A ‘new life’, accumulated from the old.

 

THE NEW LIFE IS THESE:

 

Ritcherd Winterfood (also known as Jez)

 

Justine Black

 

The friendship of: Roger Watson, Suzanne Cole, Astra Trellis, Hazel Church, Stan Lampwick, Luggage, Holly Blue and Solomon Brown

 

The Sisters Of Mercy, Bauhaus and Alien Sex Fiend

 

Happiness

 

The Munsters

 

An outspoken mind that tells people what it thinks!

 

Confidence

 

Optimism

 

The inner self

 

Meditation + Relaxation

 

Dramatic Art

 

True respect for those who deserve it

 

 

Won’t seem very new to you, reader.  And it ain’t all that new.  But at this moment in time it IS new.  And it feels better.

 

‘Pump Up the Volume’ – MARRS



 

What a trendy!

 

JEZ today:

 


I AM ABOVE YOU.  Except I’m not really.

 

JUSTINE – would you carry the torch for me?

 

Later:

LATER ON.

 

‘Colours’ – The Sisters Of Mercy


 

I feel so refreshed.  It’s not a real DRAMATIK change, just a change of mental and emotional scenery, I suppose.

 

Look at the last few months:

 

I was Jez De Carlo.

Naomi Bell was my love.

I made new mates in Norwich.

Danyel Gordon was my best mate.

My hair was a huge bloody backcombed mop.

I would never say what I really meant or felt (out loud).

I was into writing funny stuff with Flash.

The BTC were my god.

I was pessimistic.

I was subservient to the needs and feelings of others.

I lacked confidence.

 

Look at Now:

 

I am Ritcherd winterfood (sometimes Jez De Carlo)

Justine Black is my love.

I have totally reshuffled my friendships and got ‘into’ the college gang.

Danyel Gordon?  Who’s he?

I now have a nicely styled Goth hairdo.

I am outspoken.

I want to do more dramatic writing.

The BTC are a dormant classic.

I am optimistic.

I feel arrogant + superior to many of those around me.

I am confident.

 

BORING, EH?

 

‘Valentine’ – The Sisters of Mercy



 

What’s happened today?

 


I awoke at about 8.30am, feeling very good.  I got ready and went into Wisbech.  In Wisbech, I bought my first Doctor Who Magazine in 2 years.  I needed something to read as I sat with a cup of tea in BURGER ME.  I must say that the comic strip, ‘The World Shapers’, is absolutely brilliant.

 

‘I’m Her Frankenstein’ – Alien Sex Fiend

 

Later on, I got a bus to K.L., where I met Roger who had dragged Nyall along.  Nyall and I got on a little better than usual.  Nyall and Claudia finished this morning.  Y’know, today was one of the days where I could really get on with Nyall.  We both purchased ‘This Corrosion’ on 12-inch.  So what if we’re a bit late getting it?  That’s real skint to buggery!  Actually, I also wanted to buy the 4-track cassette, but just as we arrived, the last one was being sold.

 

We then noshed a macker pizza and had a deep ‘Sisters of Mercy / Mission and all bands connected’ conversation in Greasy Joe’s, before meeting Justine and Suz, who also went to buy ‘This Corrosion’ – SHOCK!  HORROR!

 

Nyall left us after a bit, and Justine + I observed that Suz + Roger were being extremely aloof + stuck up in a nasty and horribly bitchy sense, as they often are when together!  Okay, so I’ve described myself as ‘arrogant’ and ‘superior’, but at least I’m being tactful about it and diplomatic.  I’m just trying to be ‘dead confident’ + sure of what I’m trying to say in life.  My aim isn’t to hurt the feelings of others or be cruel, just to maintain the strength of my own position – unlike THEM!  Actually, lots of people have noticed how horrible they get when they’re together.

 

‘My Brain Is In The Cupboard Above The Kitchen Sink’ – Alien Sex Fiend



 

We split up after a bit, and Justine and I were nice together.  I even fondled a breast!  GACH!  SHACK!  HERREUR!  And I love her, but I’m not getting heavy when I say it this time, OK?

 

But all too soon, Justine + Suz had to go + so did Roger and I.  Farewell.

 

So, I’m home, Eldritch is my god, ‘This Corrosion’ is my Jesus, and I want to fuck Patricia Morrison’s arse off.  Rear entry please, Pat.  I’d like to hear me ‘n’ thee scream in harmony.

 

‘Future Legend/Diamond Dogs’ – David Bowie



 

William sent me a letter.  Good old William.  He + Tracy are fine + he’s dying to see me again.

 

Stan’s coming tomorrow.  Two-faced git!  He’s been going ‘round telling people I’m ‘only talking in monosyllables these days’.  Yeah.  Only when you come + talk to me + all my mates are there, tho’ Stan, coz they all think U’re a twat.  They all know you too well, so I feel better just going, ‘Yes, Stan’, ‘No, Stan’, etc.  Gothic Stan, eh?  BOLLOCKS TO THAT!  No.  He’s okay.  Silly git.  I do like him, and I know he worships me under all his slag.

 



 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’ section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context.  Never forget: no man is an island.  If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1  July  2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Finishing the Waxy X-Periment…’

Friday, 25 September 1987

Shayte on a Playte


‘Boys’ – The Beatles



 

THE DAY JEZZY CUT HIS HEE-HAW!

 

Hello, it’s late at nate.  Today, mates, I had my hair cut.  Well, me being a thick git and all.  1ST TIME IN ALMOST ! YEAR!  It’s tall and spiky with great bits sticking up and out at the front…

 


Erm.  Well, sort of like that.

 

I’ve just put some nail varnish on for the first time in yonkers.  It is a bodge!

 

‘New Christian Music’ – Alien Sex Fiend



 

OI!  Let’s talk about The Sisters of Mercy for a change.  They were on The Chart Show, and the video is x-cellent.  That record is so great.  Andrew Eldritch is my lord and master.  Patricia Morrison is beautiful.  Someone had a moan about the record at Tech today.  Saying it was funky + boppy.  Good.  Eldritch has style.

 

I’ve got to buy it tomorrow.  I hope to get the 4-track cassingle.

 

‘Yin And Yang (The Flowerpot Man)’ – Love And Rockets



 

Justine xxx my little alcoholic

 

I started drawing a pik of Justine and it went wrong.  Not a v. good pik, really.  Now it’s become a hunched and hideous beast with a hooked nose, bulbous eyes and wretched hair.

 

Shayte on a Playte

 

Love and Rockets.  Who they?

 

I’m off to King’s Lynn tomorrow.  WOW!

AS IF I DON’T GO THERE EVERY DAY, MACH!

 



 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’ section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context.  Never forget: no man is an island.  If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1  July  2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Rejuvenation…’

Thursday, 24 September 1987

This Corrosion


My No.1: ‘This Corrosion (Extended Mix)’ – The Sisters Of Mercy

 

Today was sort of… Well… sort of… Thursday, really.

 

But Justine and I are ace and she likes me loads, I believe.  I HOPE, ANYHOY!

 



 

[Images subject to control of individual Copyright Holders including works originated by Elton Townend Jones, but excluding any images or design attributed to ‘The Situation’ which are copyright of The Situation (see specific acknowledgements in the ‘Thanks to…’ section below) / ‘Berwin Groomstool’ is an iteration of the Situation character ‘William Whicker’ and falls under joint copyright of Elton Townend Jones and Waen Shepherd / Based on true events and designed as a study of parochial British cultural and emotional life in the late 20th century, this blog is a work of fiction – cultural icons excluded, all characters and incidents featured are entirely fictional / This blog is non-profit; all video clips are used for illustrative purposes and always come from YouTube / No copyright infringement is intended – just trying to get things into context.  Never forget: no man is an island.  If you think anything I’ve used is damaging you in any way, please comment and immediate action will be taken to minimise offence / This notice was amended on 1  July  2012 and is intended to cover this and all posts on www.25yearstoolate.blogspot.com that precede it]

 

Next time: ‘Shayte on a plate…’