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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to….. Bands Written On My Old Schoolbag September 21, 2013

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For years we’d ask my Mother what she wanted for Christmas or her Birthday and the answer was always “I’d love you to clear out the attic” . (Note that my leaflets were long gone but there was 40 years of accumulated clothes, boxes, a bus stop, some signs and much much more)
..we’d reply “but what do you really want?” until finally a few years ago she took it into her own hands! She hired a skip and booked myself, my brothers and sister for a day.
It started well but after a while I was ordered down from the attic to the bottom of the ladder as rather than lugging old mattresses about I was spending far too much time reading school reports, bills, books and reminiscing over various items. I had also done a search for some 1982 General Election posters that I was sure I’d put up there back then but to no avail.
One item I did find when I was on my stint in the attic was my old schoolbag. You know the ones a yellowy golden colour on almost canvass type material that many of us had in the 80s. It was in bits but still had the logos of various bands written on it. Wasted hours with a marker and album covers trying my best to do bands logos. My art wasn’t great at least compared to some of the lads in school and others you’d see on the bus…
There were some fairly standard logos you’d see like The Jam and The Who, the Who one was especially impressive as it used different colours. There were others with the likes of The Cult, The Cure, Bahaus, The Mission and Alien Sex Fiend. Me, well I liked my heavy metal and punk…….
I think I started with the SLF logo which was fairly basic. SLF were a band I’d really got into since I’d bought ‘Hanx’ in 1982.
Next up was Thin Lizzy and the logo with the long L and long Y above each other.
Then there was also the relatively simple Block style U2 logo.
There had been attempts on paper at a Led Zeppelin logo and an Iron Maiden one too but instead next I went for a fairly crude Black Sabbath one (which 30 years later still looked woeful).
The final one I recall was a very plain Motorhead logo but it did have the umlats (I think that’s what the fancy thing on the ‘ö’ is called).
I looked at the bag for a few minutes and knew when I dropped it down the hatch from the attic that it was a goner…….
I may be wrong but you dont see the same standard of art on school childrens schoolbags now as we had back then!

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1. WorldbyStorm - September 21, 2013

Such a great idea for a post. I wonder do children today have them at all?

Mine were very similar to yours, though I had The Church on it as well which must have been a bit confusing for some who read it as well as Hawkwind and IIRC Deep Purple and Zep. Undertones too.

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WorldbyStorm - September 21, 2013

Just talking to one who would know, in Crumlin the kids from the area don’t have that at all.It’s spotless bags with brand names on them. Pity. It was a little bit of odd creativity. And remember the people who used needle and thread?

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LeftAtTheCross - September 21, 2013

I was that soldier. The Cure with the dropped C. Ramones. Would have been early college years rather than school.

Correct about the modern trend. The school bags get put in the wash in our house when they get grubby, by the kids, not the parents.

I have a vague recollection of teachers or headmaster condemning bag art in my school. Some people decorated with the big pin badges you could get in the Dandelion at the weekends. They tended to go missing though.

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WorldbyStorm - September 21, 2013

“I have a vague recollection of teachers or headmaster condemning bag art in my school. ”

It’s a Satanic drugs and sex thing. The squares (ie teachers and headmasters) didn’t understand 😉

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Starkadder - September 21, 2013

Not bags, but I used to have a cloth pencilcase
with “Massive Attack”, “Portishead” and “Pulp” written on it.

One of my classmates got into the height of trouble
after he covered one of his books with a picture
of some scantily-clade blonde from “Baywatch”.
The teacher made him stand up in class and
she ordered him to remove it and bin it.

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WorldbyStorm - September 21, 2013

Pencil case art. Excellent. Very true. And remember the metal one’s? Compasses were great for writing on them by scratching off the paint.

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2. Dr.Nightdub - September 21, 2013

Love this: ‘For years we’d ask my Mother what she wanted for Christmas or her Birthday and the answer was always “I’d love you to clear out the attic”’ Since I was a kid, my da’s answer to the same question has always been “Peace and quiet”.

On the schoolbags, I think they came from Army Bargains off Capel St, no?

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WorldbyStorm - September 21, 2013

They sure did!

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