The Mob – Raymonds Birthday Gig – Fulham Greyhound, London 05/11/83

Raymond Introduction / Lights / Gates Of Hell / Stay / Dance On You Fool / Raised In A Prison / Witch Hunt / Roger / Another Day Another Death / Our Life Our World

Cry Of The Morning / Is God A Man / No Doves Fly Here / The Mirror Breaks / Never Understood / Raymond Again / Youth

Thanks to Jim Lawton for the lend of this release – sound quality on this starts nice then goes down a bit then picks up a bit…just about!

I uploaded the cassette onto the site not so much because of The Mob (as the sound quality is not that great) but because of the reason that this gig was organised in the first place. 

Raymond’s birthday bash, a day in November that various band’s continued to organise and perform at, well into the 1990’s. Raymond would normally get a hand out of cash from the gig’s takings at the door after these events which was great to see.

Raymond was so kind and generous to a much younger Penguin. I used to stay with him a fair bit in that council estate just off Caledonian Road in Kings Cross. He also took me to loads of gigs all over the place in his grey Vauxhall Viva. The car boot normally had a little food and drink to share with  any of the bands we were going to witness. Food and drink that he could sometimes ill afford.

I still have a lot of love for this guy. It is a shame he is not here anymore to still hear this from me personally.

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  1. Simon
    December 4, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    Ahh good old Raymond, he was such a nice bloke, John (Apostle) and I used to visit him regularly at his flat in the Caledonian Road, he was always so welcoming and fed and watered you and played the latest punk/anarcho aquisition for you on his record deck. There was always somone staying with him, sadly they were not all honest types, but he kept quite an open house all the same.

    Although I hadn’t seem him in years and only recently found out he’d gone to that great punk gig in the sky… mind you he was quite an old timer back then bless him! I’ll always remember him, especially those shouts of ‘We love you!’ echoing around many an anarcho gig, and him dancing down the front beer can in hand! Dance on Raymond. 🙂

    Great download section KYPP, keep ’em coming!

  2. Paul Wilson
    Paul Wilson
    December 6, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Yeah I liked Raymond.
    he used to wobble from one foot to the other, at the front of gigs, beer in hand.
    I doubt if I ever spoke to him (because I’m an introspective kinda guy, either that or a miserable bastard) but we always smiled and said hello to each other.
    He had dimples in his cheeks when he smiled, did Raymond.

  3. chris mortimer
    chris mortimer
    June 9, 2010 at 10:53 am

    we used to hitch up from ipswich for the crass gigs and always remember raymond outside smiling..if he had his car he’d open his boot and it would be full of bread rolls which he’d give out to people..nice person!

  4. dan i
    dan i
    June 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    ‘We love you’ was the cry indeed. Thanks for posting this one and thanks for making sure we remember Raymond. I was at this gig – first time I saw Flowers I think, and I still have that flyer too!

  5. Graham Burnett
    Graham Burnett
    June 10, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I remember Raymond well – a regular at many gigs back in the day – someone once told me he was Penny Rimbaud’s dad but I suspect they made that up… I have some photos of Raymond dancing in the pond at the front of the outdoor stage at Crystal Palace when Hawkwind were playing some free festival circa 1985 (Vera Lynn was on the same bill IIRC!!!) If I find them I’ll scan them and post them to Penguin.

  6. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    June 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    someone once told me he was Penny Rimbaud’s dad but I suspect they made that up…

    As you probably sussed at the time Graham that ‘someone’ was tugging at your plums mate!

  7. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    June 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Chris Mortimer, how you doing? It’s Mickey here, I used to come to Ipswich on occasions in the mid to late 1980’s and would normally stay with Psychic Rod from Conflict Of Nations and Pete Alberto when up there.
    Went to that pub next to the corn exchange mostly, the one that was never open on sundays due to it being on a hanging site or something. Vince took someones eye out one night outside (with Dale and Frenchie I think). It was the biker / punk / skinhead pub. Can’t remember the name of it, oh well never mind!

    Also went up for many E.N.T. Napalm Death, Doom, Heresy (and other bands) whirlwind hardcore thrash nights at the Caribbean Centre and a few other places.

    Hawkwind at the Gourment Theatre also…got in free to that one due to Alberto I think.

    I have a photo of you taken by Rod’s mate Sam (from Choi Choi maybe, indian looking fellow – memories a bit hazy!?) up in my loft.

    Hope you are well.

  8. chris mortimer
    chris mortimer
    June 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

    hi mickey,its been a long time hows the site i’m always putting customers onto it..still at out of time records!! that pub was mannings and bloody hell you’re got a good memory (choi choi)..the old caribbean club what a great place it was for punk gigs..still in contact with bertie and phil (E.N.T) we still go out for a drink every month or so to catch up..i’ll say hello for you.if you’re ever down this way mickey let us know (i see you go to the scooter rallies on mersey island sometimes) good to see yeh we’ll get bertie out…hope things are all good,chris

  9. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    June 19, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Hey Chris, I will private mail you fella.

  10. Boozer
    July 5, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Loving your work KYPP, I’m down under in Oz, left the shores of blighty in 06, feels along way away until I recently discovered your site through Blyth Powers fb site, and now I’m finding this wonderful tribute to the institute that is Raymond. I knew him from the Blyth daze, and early visits to London before becoming one of those dirty squatters… I concur with the above re Raymonds big heart and hospitality having frequented both his flat and motor.. Punk wasn’t just about the bands, it was the punters such as Raymond who where the true inspiration.. Trev.. thepissartistformerlyknownasboozer…

  11. debz
    February 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Awwww!!! Totally loved Raymond. Used to be so pissed but always remembered my name! RIP Raymond!

  12. chas
    February 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I missed this when you first put it up – this was the first gig Flowers In The Dustbin did with Si and Bill on guitar and drums, they’d been in the band a week and we recorded Freaks Run Wild In The Disco a couple of days later. It was also the biggest gig we’d done as we were supporting a proper band – although maybe the Mob didn’t realise they were a proper band. If whoever taped this has a tape of us that night I’d love to hear it – I still remember Si and Barry peering at these bits of paper where me and Gerard had written what we thought the chords were – we were never that clear about it ourselves. I reckon everyone who was around at that time must remember Raymond smiling and laughing and shouting ‘we love you’ – not too bad a legacy I guess.

  13. DavidM
    February 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Whilst my involvement in the London scene doesn’t stretch right back, Raymond could always be seen at Citizen Fish shows around the capital ’94-’97…

  14. yet another dave
    yet another dave
    November 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Happy Birthday for yesterday Raymond.
    I still try to remember to raise a glass every year on the 5th Nov and shout “Ve luff you!” at any bemused punters wherever I am.

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