The past is a foreign country. With really bad taste in music.

1992: Undercover had stormed the charts with an ersatz version of Baker Street. MC Hammer had reinvented himself as Hammer and scored with the Addams Groove. Dr Spin's "Tetris" vied with the Ambassadors of Funk's "Super Mario Brothers" for chart supremacy. Tasmin Archer was enjoying success that would see her win the following year's Brit Award for Breakthrough Artist.

Jesus.

We're grateful to Barry, who spotted that the billboards underneath the bridge on Brockley Road have been ripped off, to reveal posters from 1992, which suggest the people of Brockley had marginally better musical taste than the rest of the country.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aside from the MC Hammer one I loved all of those! (and the Pogues)

Brockley Nick said...

No wonder you are preserving your anonymity ;)

BreakspearsEagle said...

It would be great if somebody organised for something interesting to be installed under the bridge a la the 'smarties' light installation near London Bridge.

This could help tie Brockley Cross and the strip opposite the Barge together.

I'm sure if someone was willing to put a proposal together it would get funding at the Brockley Assembly.

Brockley Nick said...

Totally agree.

Anonymous said...

More likely the bridge in Brockley where no one goes at night was the perfect place for fly-posting. Nothing to do with musical taste.

Nylon Cube said...

I saw 'Barry' taking this picture this morning. Over the years there's been some classic posters here, mainly for Channel 4 shows. I've got a cherished one of me by This Is England...
I wonder why Ch4 have stopped using this space?

Brockley Nick said...

@Nylon - I took this this morning. So you might have seen me.

Nylon Cube said...

Haha, so you're not posing as 'Barry'!

Matt-Z said...

Were they fly posters or an official billboard?

Fly-posting for major artists seems to have almost disappeared. Is it due to councils clamping down on the promoters? The only ones that still regularly appear are those for dubious "Back2 '95" rave nights and the like.

Brockley Nick said...

@Nylon - Barry tweeted me about it yesterday, with the hashtag #sorrynophoto so I had to do my own dirty work.

Fairytale of New Cross said...

I have a rule that I dont consider it nearly Xmas until i hear Fairytale of New York on the radio.

This is the first year where seeing the poster has heralded the coming of Xmas.

Anonymous said...

Fly-posting was paid for by the record companies. They can't afford it now, and 1992 was before downloading and mp3s. Gangs of fly-posters used to go out from a central HQ most nights, rather like the mobile hot-dog sellers in the West End and just as illegal.

Tony Iommi said...

I got all excited looking at those posters, wondering when Black Sabbath played Brockley

Anonymous said...

I started buying 12" records in March 1992 when electronic music was very interesting.

Anonymous said...

I never understood why they wanted to prosecute Mr William Posters!

Anonymous said...

The Pogues were/are a good band...

Anonymous said...

Tommy Iommi - that says fun fair at Blackheath NOT Black Sabbath!!!


Or was that a joke?

Transpontine said...

@nylon cube - equally it might have been me you saw taking photos of this. Sounds like there was a poster paparazzi thing going on.

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