[kj] Vienna

peter.west410 peter.west410 at ntlworld.com
Sat Mar 26 05:09:08 EST 2005

Would loved to of seen it....................But from your description ,I
can picture it vividly.I hope it was nt you ended up on a heap on the floor
at the SBE recently.
   Some people were taking at turns at surfing crowd,This guy was looking
apprehensive about going "Up and over".Someone(Jel?) got his foot in their
cupped hands and went to get him airborne,Anyway he overdone it ,And
catapulted him to hard,He ended up doing a back-flip and landed on a heap on
the floor,Causing a mass bundle on the floor.
      Who was it?

----- Original Message -----
From: <Jpwhkj at aol.com>
To: <gathering at misera.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2005 8:45 AM
Subject: [kj] Vienna

> Yes, you can.
> In 1985, I went to visit a friend in Vienna. As it happened, the
Stranglers were playing, so we bought tickets, and off we went. Yours truly
in those days had a mohican, plus the usual collection of
ripped-apart-sewn-back-together punk accoutrements. Bullet belt. Studded
wrist bands (with added nails). You get the picture.
> Of course, by 1985, the Stranglers weren't quite the angry young men of
1977, but in England they'd still have attracted an identifiably punk
audience. So imagine my surprise to find people in suits at the gig. Any if
they weren't wearing suits, they were nonetheless *very* well turned out.
"Down the front" turned out to be a spacious area where the more adventurous
punters were dancing as if it was a Wham gig or similar. After half an hour
or so, I started to contemplate the stage. I'd heard bad things about the
likely result of ending up on stage with JJ (i.e. karate kick to the head)
so I was slightly nervous, but in the end it was too tempting. So up I
climbed (must have been about 5 feet high), danced around a bit, keeping a
leg's length from JJ. Then it was time to get down, so I launched myself
enthusiastically over the heads of the audience.
> At this point, time stood still. Well, for me. Beneath me, the Viennese
took the opportunity to get make a dash sideways for safety (which at a
packed UK gig they wouldn't have been able to do) leaving me heading for the
floor with no bodies to cushion my descent. For a long moment I contemplated
how much this was going to hurt. Then my mate Ben appeared, and managed to
take my full weight. We collapsed on the floor in a heap, a bit bruised and
winded, but nothing broken, while around us the Viennese looked on aghast.
Crazy English punks!
> Jamie
> iPat <pmdavies at gmail.com> writes:
> >Jamie
> >can i remind you to tell us about stage-diving at a Stranglers gig in
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