I have many good memories of travelling across London to the Brixton Academy to see a band but none so more that the time I went to see Dinosaur Jr with my buddy Jason.
I met Jason and his mate Jack at his house in Wimbledon and then caught the bus from Colliers Wood down to Brixton. Before getting on the bus we bought a quarter bottle of whiskey , a quarter bottle of vodka and 3 cans of Coke. The idea was that you drank half a can of Coke then topped it up with booze, then drank half a can and then topped it up again and so on. After 4 cycles the Coke was so diluted that you wouldn’t know there was any in the can! This was one way of getting drunk very quickly and by the time we got to Brixton we were all over the place!
Thinking back, we must have got the tube at some part of the journey as I remembers quite vividly the train breaking sharply and Jack rolling almost head over heels down the whole length of the carriage! Not one person reacted! It was like they saw this kind of thing every day!.
When we got to the Brixton Academy we headed to the bar, and this is where the miracle happened! Jason, or as we called him for the rest of the night, Jesus, bought 2 pints of cider and one pint of lager and then asked for a spare glass. At this point Jesus started mixing the drinks, tipping them from one glass to another, a bit of lager, a bit of cider, mixing up Snakebite. Once Jason had finished I was amazed to see, 4 full pints of booze! 4 from 3??? That is Bible stuff in my eyes!!!
The gig itself was brilliant, extremely loud and ear splitting. The tour was to promote the ‘Where You Been’ album
The ‘big’ hit to come from this album was Start Choppin’ which Dinosaur performed live on The Word. I remember the floor manager frantically waving at the band to wind up the song so that they could go to the next link but Dinosaur just kept playing! Eventually they plugged the plug on them. Brilliant!
Start Choppin’ – The Word
Out There – The Jenny Jones Show