Around 1982, I was working as an apprentice electrician. I was meant to go into work on a Saturday to complete some big installation. There was however Slough Record Fair on at St Mary's Hall, Herschel street starting at ten am.
A quick phone call with cotton wool up both nostrils and a few words being 'economical with the truth' and I set off.
With a wallet containing a few pound notes (remember them) I practically ran to Slough
I bought three items that day after searching the entire hall. Aragorns 'Black Ice' single, Praying Mantis's captured city double fold out ep Tino Troy and also.....Witchfynde's masterpiece 'Give em hell'.
Andro Coulton formed Malleus with his wife Shaz Coulton just after leaving Witchynde in the early eighties. We were very honoured to have this new line up play Mearfest this year and they really did us proud. All their classic songs were played including tracks from their new album 'your nightmare calls', Gram Swan hit all the right notes in all the right places and for me the magic was there.
Suddenly the clouds darkened, cars in the village hall car park changed into MK 1 Escorts and Ford Corrina's. For a wonderful moment I felt I could maybe go get a pint of Double Diamond for 23p from Marie Edwards and Karen Barker as the epic 'Give em Hell' was performed to perfection.
Andro and Shaz had that week previous suffered a devastating bereavement, Shaz had lost her beloved father, but like true professionals they said the show must go on, so not only did they play, they both stayed the whole weekend, signing records and having photos taken with new up and coming rock talent and rock royalty legend buddies.
They set the spirit free !
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