Floors! Huh! What are they good for?
Well, lurid 1970s patterned carpets, obviously. And, in the case of the teenage Keith Seatman, assembling your entire collection of books, magazines, comics and horror action figures for an exclusive photo-shoot. Keith is now a hugely accomplished musician whose album Time To Dream But Never Seen was one of my favourite releases of 2020… but, in the late 1970s, he was a schoolboy in Southsea, permanently clutching a slightly incongruous Manchester City school bag. Still, City were a decent side even in 1978, and still had Colin Bell and Dave Watson in the team.
Sadly, the bedroom floor photo-shoot didn’t turn out quite as successfully as he hoped. Over to you, Keith…
“It was 1978, and the 13-year-old me would, after tea, head up to my bedroom to play my selection of punk singles (courtesy of my slightly older sister) on my rather good-looking Fidelity record player.
Whilst listening to ‘Gary Gilmore’s Eyes’, ‘No More Heroes’, Weller shouting “Youth Explosion” and Strummer singing “We didn’t want it on the label” (and wondering who exactly Sheena the Punk Rocker really was) I would sit on the floor wading through my collection of horror and sci-fi books, comics and magazines.
Star Wars had arrived in the UK and us schoolboy punks had embraced it, already spending lots of pocket money on it. I really cannot remember exactly when my interest in all this started. It was probably in the very early 1970s when my Dad bought me the Aurora Dracula Model kit after we had watched the Bela Lugosi film.
Early one evening I decided it would be a really great idea to take a picture of all my horror and sci-fi models, books, magazines and Star Wars stuff. I spent an hour or so putting them all on the floor, then took a photo with my old Kodak Instamatic X15 camera. I remember feeling very pleased (“well chuffed” as we used to say) with myself… unfortunately my skills with my old camera were not that great. I snapped away, and – at the weekend – went along to Tremletts Chemist to get the film processed. Seven days later (you had to be patient back then) I went back to get my photos.