Hello I used to go to the cliff a lot,i even dj'd upstairs once,as it was a gay pub nobody would shout queer!at you,although a few guys may buy you drinks(freedom to choose)and there were the punches and kicks of course,the seafront pubs were no go areas especially the foresters corner,a girl beat me up there once cos i wanted to walk past her,she was hard.Croc's was a bombsite when i first went(the toilets!) Sex Gang Children,Andi Sexgang,a really nice chap(shared drink) and an amazing performance,i liked the post apocolyptic look of Crocs better than the clean toothbrush. The top Alex,Kenny Baxter's turntable(jazz funk),On sunday lunchtime's late seventies watching my mum get tanked up ready for another afternoon of hell ,Though The Alex,That Was The Pub,if you needed anything?anything at all?i think of an orange window pane........
ah the alex.....square bar cos it was a square ..then into the bar with the pool tables known as the dry bar as the bar was always shuttered....an on up into the top bar hence top alex!! crocs bloody hell started going to thurs nights 6til10 as a young teen even got scene daddies the infamous bunge boys to come too great times dj don lewis turned me onto reggae in that place a love that stays with me to this day..and the cliff full of top gay blokes who did nt mind at all that us loonys took half their pub over seem to remember by that time it was the only pub in southend that wou;ld serve punks ha ha after turtles sister kath accidently pulled a sink off the wall in the railway near nasty ...and then we ended up at the luxurious (ha ha ha)hope hotel on the seafront (a toilet with a bar wipe ya feet before ya leave~)..old fellah we called.speedy behind the bar you could drink a pint an pour yaself another before he got to the till an back with ya change!!
The Cliff was good great atmosphere and one of the few pubs us punks were safe in.Great memories of Crocs remember the Damned on a Boxing day .God the place was fun I wonder if there any clubs like that today
I remember Crocs like it was today. For me it was one of the most important clubs ever. I used to go there every week, religiously, to see the latest bands playing as well as dance (or jump about alot) to what I still feel are brillint sounds. So many memories of so many different friends and peer punk, new wave, electro obsessives. It will remain in my heart till I die... marc
; OOOOH yer i do iam mole also know as paul by the parents but i didnt see them much in them days ......it was all so f**king good best days of me life ...about from me daughter joi who is coming to essex to see the stax reunion...with the one mother there was 3 em at one time and the bullies ....wow should be a blast good to see ur post man ....alll the best Mole
Some great memories there, it had me thinking of the places of old in no special order
Focus - Monday night The Alex - most likely on a Friday The Cliff - Also on a Friday after a visit to the Alex The Goldmine - only went a few times, well it was on Canvey Crocs - The only way to spend saturday evening The green space in Southend (Anarchy Hill) - Saturday during the day, down to Prestos first for some bevies The Grand in Leigh - Sunday evening upstairs watching a band. Great end to the weekend.
I am sure there is loads more I have missed off, old age memory loss etc
Last Edit: Jan 28, 2012 10:44:42 GMT by domestique