The City Indians – Hoddesdon Youth Club – 08/03/85 / Broxbourne Civic Hall – 10/01/85

Hoddesdon performance

Insight / Play The Game / Lonely / Winter Children / Listen / Never Understood / Sometimes Forever / Celebrate

Not to be confused with The City Indians from Derby who were around later on in the decade, this band included my little brother Rob, him with the longish black crimped hair, on guitar, flanger and feedback! Andy Power on vocals, slight Ian Curtis resemblance. Dean Beckworth on drums (brilliant drummer), looking at my bruv in the top photo. Russell Gaylor on bass, curly blonde bloke. They played only about a dozen gigs, then metamorphosed into Slow Burn Red, with a different bassist Simon Norris. This band played even less gigs I think!

And that as they say, was that!

There is a decent version of The Mob’s ‘Never Understood’  featured at this gig, they performed it at most of the gigs they played, I seem to remember.

Some would comment that this band had a slight UK Decay bent, which can not be a bad thing.

Broxbourne performance

Insight / Sometimes Forever / Winter Children

This was a three song set at a largish venue with a huge stage during a night of new bands being showcased.

Give it a listen, see what you think…Penguin x

  1. Rob
    December 28, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Mike

    Nice to hear this after so long! For those music officianardos amongst you there are one or two errors in the description. The guitar was put through a chorus pedal (as was the style in them days!)- the bass is put through the flanger. We supported Suicide Tapes- hence the feedback- their backline!

    I look forward to our reunion tour in 2008- that bit is a joke, but if the cash was right..!

  2. Dean Beckworth
    Dean Beckworth
    January 5, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Rob/Mick,

    Nice to hear I was a brilliant drummer!
    What a laugh it was in them days, nothing seemed serious in them old days you know!

    Hope you are all well.

    A reunion would be good? but would have to entice the bass player out of his police car!!!!

    Dean Beckworth

  3. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    January 5, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Hey Dean, email me on so we could meet up for a few jars sometime soon. Staring at my bruv like that, looks like you were going to give him a nudge ‘Terry McCain’ style! Get in touch fella…

  4. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    July 18, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    ‘Ear bruv, slung that Civic Hall performance up .

  5. Dean Beckworth
    Dean Beckworth
    September 6, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Slung it up? Thought you and Dave were going to contact me?

  6. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    September 6, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Dean old boy, sent you a message privately. Reply and we can sort ‘it’ out!

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