Anarchy in the Naafi

 

The above empty building photos were taken in Germany in 2014.

I bought my first 7″ single ever in the building on the left in 1976, this building used to be a Naafi (British forces supermarket) and was on the British Military estate where I more or less grew up.

That’s right, I was a ” PADSBRAT” …

What is a pads brat I hear you asking yourself ?

Well,it is what the kids of serving Military families are called and there seem to be a number of reasons why this name came about, but the most feasible seems to be that B.R.A.T was the short version of  British Regiment Attached Traveler which was changed to P.A.D.S in the 1950’s and was short for the allowance received by the families ?

There were two of those Sex Pistols singles for sale in that Naafi and I grabbed one of them because a) I liked the name of the band (it shocked back then) and b) I had seen a picture of them in a German teen magazine and of course they looked like nothing else I had ever seen.

That record changed my life.

The building on the right was called “The Look-In” and was the community center and also our youth club on a Tuesday night.The evening mainly consisted of ping pong, table football,packets of “Smiths Crisps” and a fizzy drink laced with something a bit stronger,now and again.

Now and again too ,if we were lucky, we could squeeze in a Pistols ,Slaughter and the Dogs or 999 track in between the Bee Gees and Dr Hook during the “Disco” and our little Punk firm could have a good Pogo.

The barracks closed in 1993 but the estate was used by a few military personal up until 2015. Below a couple of the houses still being used in 2014, most were empty but not derelict.

I often wonder who took that other copy of Anarchy.

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Hotel Grashoff / Cocteau Twins

Double goodies discovered today :

It is always cool to be lucky enough to find a good copy of the first Cocteau Twins (Garlands – 1982) album on the Intercord Label for just 2 euros at a Fleamarket.

Liz Fraser really does have a haunting voice, but I just love the echoey bass on a lot of these early 1980’s post punk albums. How do they get that sound ?

On the same journey we discovered this charming Hotel that has been closed since 2006 and is still in a remarkably good condition. Check the “before and after” pics.

I always wondered why people have to smash toilets and sinks once they get inside these buildings but this is because they are trying to get at the copper piping. Shame about the ballroom too, great sized gig venue.

Malacca – Motorbike Graveyard

 

On the Western side of Malaysia, Malacca was a great place to discover old colonial buildings in a poor state of repair, bunkers and history galore.

If you take a close look at the motorbike graveyard pics above you will discover an old second world war bunker in the background, as well as the one in someones front garden.

As always,the food is amazing everywhere in Malaysia and Malacca is no exception, although it didn’t help in the case of Harper’s Restaurant and Lounge below :

The Manics were not one of my favourite bands,but this is a mighty record. It really should have been a monster smash but it wasn’t released as a single until a long time after the album “Generation Terrorists” was released in 1992.

Derelict Malaysia Holiday Resort

This is one of my favourite discoveries.

I noticed a broken roadside sign on a road trip along the East Coast of Malaysia which made me pull over and take a look.

Little did I expect to find a resort as large as this in such an advanced stage of decay, so quickly after only being closed for 3-4 years.

It just goes to show that nature doesn’t need long to claim back – as can be seen by the crumbling beachside chalet.

Here some before and after piccies :

 

 

Ok, I know Malaysia isn’t Cambodia, but I was lucky enough to see the DK’s when they were at their prime, and yes,they were a mighty band live.

We Are The Mods.

 

The Scooter convention pictures were taken in Singapore, near Arab Street.

If you are ever in Singapore and fancy a bit of alternative music, check out the BLU JAZZ club in the same neighbourhood, they have four rooms, sometimes you are lucky and they do Northern Soul, Classic Hiphop, Soul,Indie etc… plus loads of great Jazz in the live bar downstairs..

 

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Secret Affair were one of the brighter bands that appeared during the UK Mod revival in 1978/1980 and then fizzled out. Great single though.

 

Berlin.

Well, in between running a shop in a lively market (now closed by the council) and my regular wholesale business it got a bit busy, but I have had time to carry on one of my fave ‘hobbies’ – discovering derelict buildings.

I am not sure why this is, maybe it is something about the thought that people used to thrive in these environments and the speed these places can decay once given up ?

Anyway,I have loved them ever since I used to wander around a whole deserted army barracks is Bulford in Wiltshire when I was a kid,terrified that someone would be one of the rooms around the corner or up the stairways.

So here is a recent one – below the old Zambian Embassy in Berlin, Pankow.

It still belongs to Zambia,but they don’t know what to do with it because they are using a more modern building in the the middle of Berlin.

In 2002 the Zambian government spent over a Million Deutschmark refurbishing the place and then they just stopped. It was vandalized inside for a while and has been empty ever since,however burglar proofing the windows and doors means you cannot get inside anymore…..