It was always good to meet up with Dick and the others at festivals, demo’s and the like, they never acted self importantly, like so many bands do, sometimes they were too drunk to have a sensible conversation with but they were always up for helping out giving you a lift home if there was space in their van, helping persuade a promoter that there should be space for my bookstall or driving miles to play a benefit for not much more than the petrol cost if that! My most treasured moment of them remains an evening during the 1987 struggle to hold a Stonehenge festival. We were a large group of walkers, cyclists (well there was Dan and me!) and some “Convoy” vehicles parked up on some marshy land by Collingbourne (?) As evening began a small tarp was put up over an even smaller stage and what almost passed as a vocal PA began to play music. When Culture Shock started up their audience couldn’t have been more than 30 people but they were hard-core fans. Then after a few songs the generator ran out of fuel, a familiar tale at such events, I mean who wants to watch the petrol level on a “genny” when there’s hash browns to eat and special brew to sup? Dick found his mike no longer effective so he started a song he knew we all would know. Pretty soon everyone was singing along to “When the people of the country have forgotten how to disagree……” it’s a Subhumans song but was a great Culture Shock moment.
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