For nearly 10 years I kept a record diary logging every record i bought and gig attended. This is the cover for what i rather pompously called at the time Volume 1. Actually there were 3 little books like this although i seemed to have lost "volume 2" (1984-88) a while back.
So this was me between 14 and 18 going mostly to the Brighton Centre for gigs it appears and seeing The Stranglers (can't remember any of it), Spandau Ballet, Madness and Gary Numan. A full list follows. Of course it does. What else do you do when you are a teenage boy without a girlfriend to your name. I kept an awful lot of lists.
Gary Numan I can remember most vividly because of the smell of the white ice. There was an awful lot of white ice, neon and Gary in leather suits with red stripes, driving around the stage in something like K9. All credit to the bloke he put on a bit of a show.
One last thing I think i went to most of these gigs with Michael Newton. He know writes grown up history books for a living and probably doesn't want to be reminded or wonder why on earth we both went to see Kid Creole and the Coconuts. But we did and I have it documented in a WH Smith notebook with yellowing sellotape.