Review: Thumpasaurus – The Social, London – August 8th, 2018

I went to this gig with very little knowledge of the band. I had heard Mental Karate several weeks back on Billy Sloan’s show on BBC Radio Scotland and loved what I’d heard. He then played it again a few Saturday’s back and it had been stuck in my head as a constant earworm since.

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I had been seeing one Mr Ronnie Gurr mentioning them on his social media profiles. One mention was of them playing London on Wednesday night, and if available to go, one could get themselves on the guest list.

I was worried I had seen Ronnie’s post far too late. I had been at the Grandslam gig in Maidstone and didn’t see it until the following day.

It wasn’t too late and on the guest list I was put. Ronnie said to me “make sure you bring your dancing shoes!” And, wow! He was not kidding!

Thumpasaurus describe themselves, rather accurately I must say, as “funk-punk”. They are just that! But also bucketloads of fun too!

The gig almost didn’t happen. The clutch seized up on the tour van as the guys were making their way down overnight from Edinburgh (where they are currently doing a run of shows as part of the Fringe). Some panic to get them on their way again meant the boys made it down in the early hours of Wednesday morning meaning the show was on! London certainly would have missed a treat had they not made it and the gig had been cancelled.

Most songs from The Book of Thump were performed. Highlights were definitely Mental Karate and the equally infectious Space Barn – a hands down winner in the “sing-a-long” stakes. (See footage below)

I went into the gig with no expectations other than the feeling I was about to have myself a ball. And…it was all that! The guys are fabulous! Great musicians, all of them.

If you need a night of escapism…a place to go to take yourself away from your troubles, I can’t think of many places better than to find yourself at a Thumpasaurus gig. If you love funk and groove and love dancing…catchy tunes…and just love live music and having a dance and sing…GO SEE THUMPASAURUS! There is no excuse! Esp. if you live in Edinburgh, or Scotland. Go check them out at the Fringe. They are fabulous!

Thanks for the great night, guys. And thank you, Ronnie for the invite. Much appreciated. And good luck with the rest of the tour. Reel them crowds in, boys!

WTF! Brian’s Briefs!

How have I never actually taken this in before?! I’ve been seeing this cover since I started collecting SM memorabilia from the earliest days of my mega fandom. It’s – I am for all the world sure ERRONEOUSLY – stated as being a pic of Mick (surname spelled incorrectly)…but I am pretty sure that’s Brian. Photo taken by…Ronnie Gurr! Labelled as “Simple Minds in Berlin” – another bit I never took in. I knew there was a piece on them inside…but because it’s 1980, I just assumed it would be like a half page thing with one small pic.

Brian is all but STARKERS on the cover! Fucking…I’m gonna DIE if there’s anything REMOTELY similar of Jim inside! Lol.

For nearly FOUR YEARS I have bypassed getting this particular mag, having others take precedent…and now…THIS IS THE NEXT MUST HAVE!

Hanging Around In Mojo…

Great to see Ronnie Gurr’s Hanging Around photo books getting a write up in the current issue of Mojo magazine. Great for Virginia too! Jonesy was “leery”? Surprised he wasn’t full-on lecherous! Lol. He seems to think he’s “had” every woman he’s ever come across (BAD WORDING!) when he talks these days. Lol

Of course you can check out all there is on offer by visiting hangingaroundbooks.com

A Treasure!

In amongst all the crazy excitement of yesterday, trying to secure tickets…and other things…this arrived in the post. The amazing Virginia Turbett had signed my Sex Pistols “Out To Lunch” photo book for me.

A real treasure now! Thank you so much, Virginia x

The Ronnie Gurr “Simple Minds in Berlin 1980” Book


One last mention of it. Little did I know when I invested in two copies there was a chance of being a lucky “one in ten” of getting a signed copy of the book. Did I perhaps make my chance one in five, having bought two copies? (I used to be fairly good at maths…it’s really not a strong point now!) It doesn’t sound right. But, either way, luck was on my side, as there were 25 signed copies available, and I got one! A wonderful surprise! 

I had already asked/gestured to Jim on the SMO FB page about carrying one of my copies around with me for him to sign. Well, kind of no need now…but I do like that personal touch (seeing him write my name is lovely…those two signed prints of my artworks will forever remain the most special and prized possessions I will ever have. I hope he knows how much I treasure them. I did try to get him to sign the Bowie Jean Genie print I did for him…but it never happened. Two must be all I am allowed 🙁 A shame). Having my name written out by him on it would have been nice…handing him the Sharpie…watching him write it out…perhaps brag a little that he had no need to check the spelling of my name for he knew it all too well already (imfamously!). Perhaps even FINALLY hearing him say it?! It remains my final dream…just to hear him say my name (God…how gone on this man am I?! Lol)

Anyway…it was a wonderful surprise to see these inside the book. Thank you once again, Ronnie Gurr. The book has now become an even MORE cherished treasure than I imagined. 

As of yesterday (Sunday April 16th), copies were still available to buy. Get in quick! Just go to www.hangingaroundbooks.com for details.


This Boy, Though (Part 775)

I love how much of him now you can see in this photo…

Timeless beauty ❤

(Yes! I’m having a fawning, sycophantic fangirl moment. It’s Easter. I’m allowed! He’s more addictive than chocolate. Just…LOOK AT HIM!)

I really won’t be able to look him in the eye if the opportunity for eye contact avails itself at these Acoustic gigs. I couldn’t do it at Hackney. I definitely WON’T be able to do it now! 

Certified (certifiable?) hopeless case.

One Framed!

I get the feeling I should have bought THREE copies of the book! As long as I framed this one, and that shot of Jim I shared on the original post about the book…that’ll do me! But I hope I can frame a couple more…with some ingenuity. 

Perhaps I may just approach Mr Gurr for prices on actual pro prints? (Once the Acoustic Tour is over, and I actually have some money!) We shall see! In the meantime…

Look What Showed Up Today!

It’s here! And it’s beautiful!! (He’s beautiful!)

OMG! What a serious bit of fangirl treasure it is! 

If you haven’t got your copy yet, WHY NOT?!!! You WON’T be disappointed!! 

Check my post from a few days ago to see more details. 



Can you tell I’m happy? :-)))