I had friends at De Montfort at the time and remember mashing out to the Charlatans at a gig there in 89- small world
I dug out a few of my old compilation tapes last night, some great tunes- supprising how well they have stood the test of time.
I lived in Didsbury, south Manchester at the time and was right in the thick of it. Fridays and Saturdays were spent in the second hand record shops on Oldham Street looking for demo's and bootlegs. Night times were spend trudging through the rain looking for some disused wharehouse where the Mondays were supposed to be playing a secret gig that night- they rarely were
Oh well, the drugs were good even if the band didn't show
It seemed that there was a band on every estate being formed and touted as the next big thing. I remember going to see a band from Burnage called The Rain with a right gobby little shit as a singer- They later became Oasis, when the gobby Shits older brother packed in as guitar tech for the Inspirals and started songwriting.
my faves were
Inspiral carpets- Skidoo
Stone Roses- Going down, Shoot you Down
A few years later Tim Burgess from the charlatans bought the house opposite me, his garden backed onto ours and we became quite friendly. I ended up looking after a few of their motors and got to know some of the Madchester guys, Mani from the Stone Roses used to be a regular in The Metropolitan just up the road. Another generation of Mancunian musos used to frequent The Woodstock on Sunday afternoon- Damien Gough (Badly Drawn Boy- who still owes me £70 for getting his car through an MOT), Doves, Audioweb, Dave and Hooky from Monaco would always be in all afternoon. Stone Roses' John Squire used to pedal past the house on his Yeti FRO occasionally too!
It was like living on Stella Street. It was also the same street that was used for filming Cold Feet in the 90's. I remember watching James Nesbitt stood in the street stark bollock naked being filmed one sunday night. Happy days indeed, I loved Didsbury and its time I went back for a visit I think.