The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Throwback Thursday. [Though It Should Be Thrown Back And Never Retrieved]
August 28, 2014, 6:10 am
Filed under: Bangkok Shakes, Comment, Throwback Thursday

So a while back I wrote a post about an online dating site for Metalheads.

I mentioned that being a lover of metal, I might have turned to that site if I was unlucky in love.

[Whereas it’s Jill who is the unlucky one. Boom Tish]

What I can tell you is that while I am now a bald bastard, I wasn’t always that way so to help you picture me as a ‘metalhead dating candidate’, I thought I’d show you a photo of me from that era.

Well, to be honest, it’s only ‘sort-of’ from that era, as I took it a few weeks ago as a leaving ‘present’ for a client of mine who was heading back to the US.

[I should add, he was leaving before he saw the pic, I’m not the cause of his departure. Allegedly]

Anyway, cop a load of this …

What a dish eh!

OK, more like a dish that has been lying in the sink for 7 weeks with a load of stains on it.


However, may I point out that the leather jacket I’m wearing is the same one I had when I was 20 years of age.

Of course I can’t zip it up, but the fact I can still sort-of wear it is amazing to me.


Anyway, as you have been so nice to not vomit yet, I thought I’d push-you-over-the-edge with a photo of me from that actual era.

Just for context, it’s one of the press photos we were ordered to have done before we had our first album released. As you can tell by the fact I now work in adland, it bombed and we were dropped soon after but it still was one of the best times of my life … well, it was while I thought we were going to be Rock Gods.

Anyway, have a look at the photo … I swear one of them is me.


Can you tell?

I’ll give you a clue, I’m holding the guitar.

Yes, it’s a very long time ago.

And like the leather jacket, I still have those jeans and that guitar … though I can only just about squeeze the 6-string around me these days.

Happy vomiting.

[Sorry, soon-to-be-born son]

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I’ve just vomited out my eyes. I’m going to sue for mental image torture.

Comment by Billy Whizz

The CIA can’t disguise people as well as you have changed your look. I don’t want to, but I can’t help looking. Car crash features.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Could you hear the mass cries of Jump.

Comment by john

Only after the mass cries of vomiting died down.

Comment by DH

what the fucking fuck is that fucking shit?

Comment by andy@cynic

you look like the fucker who won this years eurovision song contest.

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Comment by DH

by the way campbell, you look better as a blonde fucking woman than you do as a bald fucking planner bloke.

billys had worse than the state of you in that top fucking picture.

i met you around the time of that ripped jean humiliation didnt i? fucking hell, what the fuck was i thinking even talking to you.

Comment by andy@cynic

Even knowing you are the sad bastard holding the photo in the bottom photo, I can’t tell it’s you. What happened to you?

Comment by DH

I can’t work out why your album failed to chart.

Comment by Bazza

except in some shit hole like moldova where it flew straight in the charts at number 243.

Comment by andy@cynic

What are those shoes you’re wearing? They make birkenstocks look OK. It’s been none stop fashion accidents all through your life hasn’t it.

Comment by DH


Comment by George

I’m so glad I can’t make the reunion lunch.

Comment by Bazza

well im not fucking going if the fabio reject is going.

Comment by andy@cynic

If I’d been invited I wouldn’t be going now either.

Comment by DH

I’m having second thoughts.

Comment by George

Only second?

Comment by DH

I’m looking forward to seeing you Robert but please leave the wig, jacket and jeans at home.

Comment by Mary Bryant

you forgot to tell him to leave himself at fucking home.

Comment by andy@cynic

You can take the boy out of Nottingham …

Comment by john

Dare I enquire what the other members of the band are now doing?

Comment by Lee Hill

20 fucking years hard labour for crimes against fashion, music and public fucking decency.

Comment by andy@cynic

Congratulations on being the embarrassing father before you are the father. I cannot take my eyes off the second photo. If you hadn’t told me that you were in it, I would never have known.

Comment by Pete

Child services have been notified.

Comment by Billy Whizz

The photos are not the only thing from a bygone era. The commentary on this post resembles the anarchy of the mid-2000’s. I wonder if some of the old crew will also make a return?

Comment by George

Not if they have any self respect.

Comment by DH

who the fuck has self respect on this shithole?

Comment by andy@cynic

Bloody hell. There’s no point me making any comment – especially about your comments – because it would be like trying to stop a tsunami with an umbrella. But I’m glad I’ve helped you let out all your inner angst and I hope it lets you rest easy for the rest of the day. You bastards. Ha.

Comment by Rob

You haven’t let out my inner angst, you’ve scared the shit out of me.

Comment by DH

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