Kings Cross – Phil, Pinki, Cory, Lisa Evelyn -1978/9?

Here is photo sent by Phil back in January.

Punk Daze

Evelyn, Cory, Phil, Pinki, Lisa

Andee Martins essay including Derby Lodge Kings Cross

Bigger print for essay here

  1. Stewart
    July 11, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    JPP – I saw people give up on a hit when the blood clotted in the syringe, then another person take the blood, boil it up again, and hit it up… among other things. FFS! Even desperate I’d never have done that…

    Phil – I remember Blowjob. I could be wrong here, so don’t quote me on it, but I seem to recall the last time I saw her she’d moved into a squat on Pembury Estate (Hackney) and was still working the streets, and then I was told she’d died from a drug overdose. I didn’t know her well, so I don’t know if that’s true or not…

  2. Jah Pork Pie
    Jah Pork Pie
    July 11, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    @Stu-> “I saw people give up on a hit when the blood clotted in the syringe, then another person take the blood, boil it up again”…

    Sounds like the punk rock version of black pudding, doesn’t it? I wonder if this is this why so many of our number became vegetarian after a while?

    >>”I was told she’d died from a drug overdose”

    Add another one to the body count. Has anyone counted all the people mentioned in this site who didn’t make it? I know people were doing what they wanted to, perhaps celebrating their freedom in their own ways (more likely mourning their past/present in most cases), but it still saddens me. That’s why I want to see Jake’s book published. I think it’d be nice to put in all of these mentions in as an appendix at the back of the book.

  3. Phil
    July 11, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Im sure that Blowjob put a stop to the Skinhead violence in Kings X.
    After we got trashed by them she told me not to worry as she would go and sort it out. ( I think she had some hardcore pimp connections or something )
    The one’s that didn’t vanish seemed to leave us alone after that.

  4. Clanger
    October 14, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    I recall Ollie the skinhead, he came from Edgware and was tad right wing.

    Memories of the squat: Mark Moore, Mole, Babs, Barry, Scottish Pete, Irish Tom, Leopard Hair Mark, Nikki, Frenchie and Gina and others whose faces I recall and names I forget. c 1978/79.

    Very interesting and eclectic mix of people.


  5. Phil R
    Phil R
    October 15, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Hi Clanger, that sounds like the same Olllie.
    And Mark Moore was a mod at the time (long before S Express!)

  6. Clanger
    October 15, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    I knew Mark from City and East London College, always a delight to be with. I still bump into him sometimes, out and about at various parties.

    Take a look at what I’m doing now, some of the influences will leap out.

    Best wishes to all who read these pages and it was fun reflecting on the historic sharing of urban space. Great times.


  7. Anna Durell
    Anna Durell
    March 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Yup that’s me. I lived two doors down in a squat in Huntingdon St -from about 1979 to 1985. Worked for CHE. I remember Evelyn and Pip in particular. I think about him every so often in the whatever happened to him way you do. Anyone know?

  8. Jah Pork Pie
    Jah Pork Pie
    March 17, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Pip is on Facebook (just “Pip Smith), and occasionally pops up on here too.

  9. Paul Stewart (Scottie)
    Paul Stewart (Scottie)
    August 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I remember the Kings Cross squats well although i didn’t have a permanent squat at the time people i knew did so hung and stayed a lot, Frenchie and Gina who wore only Red & Black, Billy and his brother ? there was a crowd from Oxford I remember Wally and many others. I remember going to a greasy spoon in front of St Pancaras that is no longer there for very cheap food …..
    A lot of them used to go to the 100 club at the time..
    I once went to the local dole office and showed them the hole in my pumps so they gave me some money to buy some new one’s ..
    Amazing to find this site actually exists…

  10. marko
    September 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

    always liked andy martins rants rather than the music, loads of good info with the records, i am from liverpool, dunno what the hell scousers were doing in the middle of london hassling punk squatters, surely not…not my life style but liked all the spirit of it all, liked me clobber to much, wonder what all the people are up to now.

  11. Dennis
    February 5, 2011 at 7:53 am

    This thread is a bit old, but I just found it, so I’ll leave a message and see if anyone replies. I squatted at Derby Lodge from early 1977 to early 1979. I opened up a few of the flats around Kings Cross for others in those days, so when I found a place off Cromer St I moved over there with a guy named JD. I hated leaving Derby Lodge but things were getting trashed by assholes. I think it was about the end of the line there anyway. Someone here mentioned a gay youth group on or near Holloway Rd. I was a bit older, but I spent a little time there helping out once in awhile.
    I don’t recognize any of the faces in the pics, but now that I think about it the names Phil, Alex and Andee sound a little familiar…who knows?
    I left for Seattle (US) and didn’t see Derby Lodge again until 2005 even though I visited London a few times in the 1990’s. I was with my niece (about 20 at the time) who wanted me to tell her everything about the ’70s, punk, etc. I went back again two years ago when I was supposed to meet up with someone at The Northumberland Arms…which BTW was firebombed when I lived at Derby Lodge.
    I have to admit I had a pretty sweet deal. I had an entire flat to myself at Derby Lodge. Alot of the flats had only one or two people! But most of the time I had plenty of people staying for a few weeks at a time. It was pretty relaxed. Every once in awhile we’d hear a rumor the place was going to be torn down, but of course it never was. If anyone reads this, I hope things have gone well for you. I managed to do OK while still holding onto the same goals and ideals I had back in those days. It’s nice not being broke all the time now, but I still prefer to live modestly. I had a great time back then even though there were plenty of days I walked around Kings Cross and St. Pancras stations looking for coins people had dropped…then went and got pissed if I found any.
    Seattle USA

  12. conrad
    May 10, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I remember kings cross very well. Pinkie in the photo was from Aylesbury. I was known as Andy then (not my real name) I shared a flat in tunbridge houses with psycho, blue, Abigail, Artane John and Irish tom ( he had a walk on part in the great rock n roll swindle). I remember the local paper doing an article about the punks there and they took some photos which I’ve seen online somewhere. Also remember Ann Anonymous. She worked at the local hospital as a trainee nurse. Tiny the road rat. Blowjob and her skinhead friends And a few others. Wonder if any of them are still around.

  13. conrad
    May 10, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Just remembered a few others. There was a group of French hippies living there as well from marseilles. Also Dutch. Alex. Copper.

  14. Derek aka Gromet
    Derek aka Gromet
    May 22, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Does any one know what happened to Corey I heard he was taken in at a men’s shelter in 2012, I squatted with him through various squats from 1992 – 1997 if any one knows his contact etc please let me know.I know pinky died 1994 if I remember the year right.

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