I remember seeing Burlesque at St Albans City Hall. The
to be going through a phase of booking bands who were slightly
and more interesting than the usual rock bands around at the
time - 1977.
We had groups such as Split Enz, Supercharge, Kursaal Flyers and
My memory was being in a crowd singing along to the
"Acupuncture" and thinking that "Lana Turner" was a great song
knowing who she was!
I saw T&J at the Marquee and didn't really know what
of them - but like them all the same.
Someone will realise someday that all these acts defined
particular era.... and will get their material released on CD.
groups you mention Steve, did have a mutual nod of the
head to each other. We toured with the Kursaals and often
played with Supercharge
or the same venues. There was no 'umbrella' style tag to
these sort of
bands. We used to announce a different style every few
months - 'Armed
Forces Rock', 'Afro-Latin-Tex-Mex-Rock', 'Art Rock' were
But never punk - which is ironic as that is one moniker that
me now. Other curio acts about that time were 'Albertos Los
(that's spelt wrong) , 'Ens' from Coventry, a bit earlier
there was 'Stackridge'
from Bristol. Can anyone recall other curio bands from the
mid '70's -
back to T & J - it was a unique act in those days.
There were no other saxophone & guitar acts. Especially
on the rock
circuit. We were a favourite support act as we only had one
tiny amp, but
sometimes we used to upstage the main act. Especially
remember a review
in the NME which much preferred our madness to Bill
Bruford's UK Band.
Funny that I often bump into Bill on the jazz festival
circuit. He is a
Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias!
C.P. Lee had a knee-length naked woman print manta-ray tie and
insincerest moustache in history. Years before Mitch Hiller sang
my royalties" as Sting on Spitting Image, the Alberto's popped
up as The
PC's doing 'Too Depressed to Commit Suicide,' on the back of 'So
by The Police. The pained screech was spot bollock. Sample
I recall you and Ian had a regular gig at a big old pub
John's Wood which me and my mate Lee used to come and piss
regularly. I also have a distant recollection obscured through a
of a gig Burlesque played at the Polytechnic of Central London
in New Cavendish
Street sometime arround '76/'77. Is this in fact true or am I
I saw you there?
It was The
Round the corner from Lords.
Top West Indian bowler fast Malcolm Marshall seemed to be in
most weeks from when Trimmer and Jenkins first played there
on the evening
of Monday 12th May 1980.
The publican (was he called Robin?) was a smashing geezer
let us get on with it. Obviously enjoyed it as we seemed to
be there most
Mondays until the end of the year.
It was a huge room and we had to take a jug round to top up
quid we got over the bar. Me and Trimmer used to argue whose
turn it was
to go round. I hated doing it, but on a good night (and you
could be talking
3 -400 people), we might've taken another 15. Bastards.
we were put onto the gig by Charlie Grima and Bob Brady,
two smashing musicians and geezers who had been in Roy
We'd all been working in biggish band put together by the
then owner of
Brahms & Liszt in Covent Garden. For some reason the
band was called
The Fucking Greasy Bastards. Charlie and Bob worked the
licence' pubs as a duo too. I think we did sneak in a few
sometimes - ex-Nice drummer Brian 'Blinky' Davison sat in
PLC, at 115
New Cavendish Street to be exact, was played on the 19th
March 1976, sharing the bill with George Melly. We used to
have the same
agent and were often sold to colleges as a package. It's
note (or possibly not) that the next morning we headed up to
in Lancs to begin a 23 day tour. 'Ah', I think wistfully,
'you can't do
big runs like that these days'. But then we were probably
squat wedge. But on the other hand, my diary tells me that
on the day of
the PLC gig, we started charging VAT. I dunno.... Good days
must've been shite to still remember such excellent trivia,
Clive (or am I talking to myself here?).
Clive replies back ...
Yes, the dealer at PCL wasn't the greatest. He
clogs and once appeared on Opportunity Knocks doing Johnny.B.
his mates from up North wearing the very same offensive
Soon after your '76 gig punk came along and all these
acts took over the venue. I was in the Law dept. and we shared
with the Art dept. who all went punk en masse overnight. Seeing
of art students spitting at a bunch of wankers who couldn't play
my idea of fun. I know it's not too cool to admit you weren't
if you were old enough to have been there but what the hell. If
people who claim to have been at the Pistols gig at the 100 Club
in a room they'd fill up Wembley stadium five times over.
I also remember the jug at the Crown. I think I might even have
a few bob in it myself. I recall your manic strumming and
across that tiny stage.
I'll email your reply to my mate Lee. It'll give him a memory
Really enjoyed your turn on Mr.Jones show last Saturday. Thank
him or the Blues would be invisible here in London.
If you happen to be a fan of the late great American writer
Bukowski then you can watch my 25 minute film, 'Love For $17.50'
from his story from South of No North ( look under short films)
[try Googling it...Ed] It's about a bloke in LA who falls
in love with
a dummy he sees in a thrift store window. I think you might need
fuck-off full-on internet connection to view it in normal time.
I had to
change the music for the web which is a shame as the original
music by Clifford Brown, Don Preston (ex-Mothers) and the
I'll check out your web-site to catch future gigs in my neck of
Good luck, keep on keeping music non-corperate and fresh and
and fuck the rest.
all the best
Well thanks be to the Internet... Google finds Burlesque first
I have been living in Sydney since 1979 having left
6 months and really not returning for any decent length of time
say I have missed it much....but my musical memories are locked
period 1970-9.... Alex Harvey, Burlesque, Graham Parker, etc...
My memories of Burlesque are from the Nashville Rooms,
1977? And I think at least twice.... cant remember if you were
or if you were supporting...? I was around 18-19 at the
Vivid memories of laughing and bopping to Acupuncture, Lana
Pretty sure I can still bang them out now....great nights on the
After many years i got mum and dad to send out my old
being one.... and after several more years I threw the lot
out... I can't
believe I did that.... where the f*** am i gonna get that in
Glad to see you are alive and kicking....what about Mister
Burlesque - one of the best live bands on the college circuit
Strange - nobody seems to remember the incredible number
the band did - "The Tango." Never recorded - probably only
as live material - and it took the band ages before they could
it at gigs...
If any of the guys get a gig in Singapore - please let me know!
really perceptive about trying to shake 'The Tango'.
He's quite right - we were always trying to move forward
and show-wise - but the punters always wanted it.
Many years ago the band BURLESQUE released their album
It was circa 1976/77 and I was madly in love with Ian Trimmer
- my friends Madeline, Avril and I travelled everywhere in
London to see
I had their album years ago but I lent it to my sister (along
Sex Pistols "Never Mind The Bollocks' album) and I never got
I found a copy of ACUPUNCTURE here in Oz for $3.95 in a 2nd hand
I remember Ian called me at work once when I was 18 and I was
MOON! Unfortunately I was Miss No-Personality then and I just
and blushed and got rid of him.....waaahhh!!!!
My friend Madeline actually ended up marrying the guitarist
and they moved into our (my sisters and I's) flat in Chelsea
when we moved
June Bird (aka June Killington)
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Did he not also have an Ooblee Dooblee Band at some stage?
that John Gummer? Billy is far from coy about his history,
it's just that
there's rather a lot of it. Anyway, you think that's
embarassing, did you
know he played at Fatboy Slim and Zoe Ball's wedding?
Way back in the mid-seventies I and my little coterie of
used to frequent a small, inelegant opium-den by the name of
Rugby Club a few miles outside Bridgend in South Wales. Every
of the usual bingo, chicken-in-the-basket and organ/drums
have a rock night. God knows what the locals made of hordes of
dope-fiends descending on their small village, but they didn't
mind and there was never any 'trouble'. The club had a small
lined either side with long wooden tables. These tables had
underneath which were perfect, in terms of secrecy, for rolling
The whole place must have stunk of weed for days after but
complained. There were some cracking bands there over the year
or so that
I visited. 'Little Bob Storey' (a French rock n'rolling midget
if I remember
rightly), 'Factory' (who did a fab version of East of Eden's
and, best of all, Burlesque. I saw them there at least twice and
the place apart on both occassions. I was heavily into Zappa at
(still am) and 'Bananas' went down a storm. I have this hazy
the bass player poncing around in a blue short-trousered sailor
this correct or did I hallucinate it?
I bought Acupuncture at the time and found Burlesque in a
shop several years later. I still have them both and finding
has prompted me to dig them out again. Ah, happy daze.
why Llanharan Rugby Club was our favourite of favourite
gig of all the favourite South Wales gigs we did in 1976-77.
audience.........seem to laugh at all our
jokes...........seemed to analyse
me guitar solo's with grandiose well thought and measured
into me ear whilst packing up me gear.
you manage to replace that broken D string and get a
new one on and in tune without being able to hear it (the
band going hell
for leather with an intense burn out)?'
'Tension,' I said, 'just by feeling the string tension I got
and it was. And I've never ever done that since.
Llanharen was definitely special. Or was I too,
At last a mention of Burlesque on the Internet!
I saw them on the Be-Bop-Deluxe tour in 1976 at the
Hall and subsequently the polytechnic, both Leicester. I begged
poster from a local record store and it adorned my bedroom wall
In about 1978 I unexpectedly saw T&J near Southampton
supporting ?Bad Manners. I met them after the gig (on the
pretext of being
from the students' radio station - which was partly true). Billy
a beer mat for me: a friend back home was similarly mad on
I wanted to send him it. Unfortunately Billy wrote in Chinese or
so I don't know what it said!
I thought I was the only person left who remembered
I stll have "Acupuncture" and a tape (ahem) of "Burlesque". What
Trimmer doing these days?
Thanks for the memories!
Ian Trimmer can be found playing the high society circuit.
From Kevin O'Brien
I was at the St. Albans show that was recorded for the
album. I was actually there to see the Kursaal Flyers (it was in
of a nostalgic surfing session looking for Kursaal Flyers
I found this page).
Back to St. Albans. As well as the incredibly different
of Burlesque (my ears were not used to such delights) there was
sight of the most enormous gob arc'ing through the air and
the strings of Billy's Yamaha guitar - an instrument I ceased to
for those few seconds. Such was its enormity, the gob damped the
until Billy took the bull by the horns and gathered up the green
extricated it from his 'axe' as I believe those musical types
This was when gobbing was the order of the day.
Then many years later, my tastes having expanded widely (though
enjoying all the 'old stuff') I became a fan of Radio 3's Mixing
They played some amazing stuff by some bloke called Billy
a musical anorak, 'Oh I remember a guitarist by that name', I
myself, remembering fondly the aforementioned evening, and even
on the Acupuncture disc the day after. It wasnt until I saw the
Wire magazine that I realised it was the same Billy Jenkins!
(as if it were required) came on the BBC2 jazz strand from the
after identifying the Yamaha there could be no mistake. A truly
version of 'Close To You' I still have it on video.
A BIG Watford Love
From Speednik Abreaction
I was on the music course at Lewisham College (I played the
a rendition of the then-popular Freakpower No 1 "turn On, Tune
Out" whilst wearing a dress and a big straw hat). Nice to see
you in the
SLP - may come to one of your shows if I can afford it.
Anyone who can inspire a man (name David Sullivan) to try
play the guitar with a knife is all right by me. Or with a chair
as I recall
you doing once.
I have vague (in terms of when and where) memories of a gig
sweaty and crowded. Mr T has you by the collar, swinging
whilst you create a storm of noise... but what was that
(sadly no longer - too much booze and crazy relationships)
friend was sure
it's customised appearance - the top appeared to be sawn of so
hang it closer to your chest - disguised a Woolworth's
some mistake I say. Reveal all and make an old man happy.
Love the gigs in Croydon (last year and the year
- the memory's not what it was) - come again and I'll drag
I know along. That should make for a least three people in
keep it up
From Pete Turnpenney
Memories of Burlesque
Windsor Great Park Festival, Summer of '73 or '74. Set
with an updated version of 'Wipe-out' annouced by Trimmer as
: this produced wailing objections from Billy (who was replete
woollen jumper and wellies) The rest is a haze.
Also from Pete Turnpenney
(after the 15/02/00 gig at the Leicester Comedy Festival)
Many thanks for tonight (the earth moved). Please,
come back again. Sorry that my audience colleagues were not as
number as you deserve. The word is getting round
(I've been a fawning fan since the Burlesque gig
Great Park circa 1973/74) . Yours til the cows come home
yus i remember burlesque playing the marquee in circa 74,
a gig, could av bin the mothers!!!!.....been a constant fan on
of bj and
his out pourings ever since...probably he the most underrated
Paul ran the radio
never say die! website, featuring among other things, a cheeky
bootleg of the Suburbia gig at Blackheath Halls (09/02/00).
Whatcha Billy! Just been to see you at the MAC in Brum -
Saw T&J at JB's Dudley - what a fantastic show and a breath
air at the time! (think we also saw Burlesque up there Got the
Live album and Burlesque Acupuncture are they worth anything ?
teaching myself the guitar (or trying to anyway) and I think I'm
somewhere - would you give me some lessons (for a small fee of
What's Mr Trimmer doing at present? Keep up the good work.
From Chas Braithwaite
Somebody asked who did the lighting for Burlesque. In
days it was Tony Williams, who was sadly killed when the
band's truck was
in a smash on the M1. There were several crew members over the
O'Donnell, Bernie Richardson, Dave Prior, Robin Fox and
a colleague of mine recently asked if I had heard of Burlesque
as he had
just found a copy of Acupuncture at a boot fair !!!
From Gary Nicholson (now resident in Winchester)
Canterbury Christ Church College 1980. Summer Ball.
A wonderful night made possible by me (as Social Secretary)
extortionate amounts of other people's money to T & J who
evening extra special. Having said that, a couple of people did
on the line 'The Ashes of your sister'. The whole magical summer
was supposed to have been rounded off (unbeknownst to T & J
by then heading off up the M2) by the Disney favourite
my own megalomania knew no bounds and I substituted 'The Texas
Massacre' instead. What a dreadful prat I was. Never mind. I am
and wiser but still can't work out the chords to 'Happy Heart'
the girl I want to be with'.
Back in the early 70ís thereís was a group of us who used to
play their gigs in a pub in Bromley, but I donít remember the
group were all from Hustmere school Sidcup. And if any of them
site, our names were Andy Reed, Tony Young, Terry Sherwood,
You Want You Say Acupuncture
From Bruce Colloff
Pleased to see the stuff about Burlesque and Trimmer and
and looking forward to the responses about those times.
I'll offer my own thoughts in the near future, but in the
I've got a couple of questions.
What's become of Ian Trimmer?
What was the name of the guy that did the lights in the
I am resident in New Zealand now...one of the first
people I met
over here asked me where in the UK I came from. When I replied
he aked "Do you know Billy Jenkins?"
Ian Trimmer can be found playing the high society circuit.
Burlesque's sound engineer was Tony Williams.
See Chas Braithwaite's
From Andrew Beswetherick
I remember coming to part of a week-long party at Billy's
house, around 1972?
I have a feeling they were on holiday.
I went on to teacher training at St Mark and St John's
Plymouth and encouraged the social committee to book Burlesque
They went down so well they were booked again a year later.
The last time I met Billy he was living down in Greenwich
the recording studio
at a wharf just along from the Cutty Sark. I think he'd just had
By the way I still think that photo taking off the cover of
is very funny.
Wood Wharf studios was three rehearsal rooms and an
Billy lived under it until he moved to Lewisham in 1993.
Billy's directions to Wood Wharf ran thus:-
"Go to the middle of the world. Walk down the hill. Turn left
the Cutty Sark."
Anyone got any Wood Wharf stories?
Nice memories here at The
Yeah, I remember them. In fact I put them on a few times
I was Social Sec at Bromley Tech, once supporting Thin Lizzy.
my two Burlesque albums.
From Kay Walmsley Dutton
For me and my circle of Bromley-ites in the mid seventies -
were our band of the moment. We would go and see them whenever
resources allowing!) and wherever (limited transport allowing!)
Our easiest options were Bromley College and the long gone
and memories of those fantastic gigs are precious in the minds
of our group
of now (still very much gig-going) forty-somethings, and we
about them. I can see, vividly, Billy strumming his guitar until
bled! We used to meet up in Henekey's (what a pub!) or The White
Bromley High Street. Later, when we were on the fringes of the
Contingency, I recall spending Saturday lunchtimes trolling up
The Kings Road - but Saturday evenings heading back to Bromley
out where Burlesque were playing........ In the late seventies I
many a hilarious Sunday lunchtime watching T&J at The Half
sunny Hernia Hill. I also saw T&J at Milton Keynes on the
Ian Hunter. My treasured copy of the album "Acupuncture" was
in the early 80's - never to be returned. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
any photos in existence from the Burlesque/T&J gigs? I'd
love to see
them on your web site and feel sure I'd recognise half the
Billy is now scratching his crash helmet trying to put
to the names of members of his audiences down the years.
H. Paul remembers ...
The Orpington College open-day afternoon gig, wasn't it
In a hall packed with
16 - 19 -year olds, busily adapting to the new factions, (a 6th
with Hendrix and Zappa albums was heretoforth a hippy). "Come
nose to Burlesque" read the poster, (borrowing from "Prelude to
of a Sexually-Aroused Gas-Mask" from "Weazels Ripped my Flesh.")
entertaining and musically chaotic, Burlesque startled them all
down very well. I was about to jack in my A' levels and got
blues by dinner-ladies innocent enough to believe they were
Turned out they were right.
Billy remembers this one as a Burlesque-flavoured jam.
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