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The song's about the comic shop in Peterborough that I used to visit every week as a teenager. Initially it was a market stall, then it moved to Gladstone Street, then Cromwell Road (the two locations that I mostly went to) before settling in for many years just round the corner from John Lewis, down a dank alleyway, beneath a tattoo shop. It closed down many years ago, but if you go and peer down the alleyway, as I did a few months ago, you can still see what's left of the sign.
An old sign down a smelly alley is not really sufficient tribute to somewhere that changed my, and many other people's lives. It wasn't just a comic shop, it sold books and records and other paraphenalia that seemed to come from an entirely different world than the very very straight-laced and defiantly dull Peterborough of the 1970s and 1980s. There may have been excitement and glamour somewhere in my old home town, but I certainly didn't see it at the time! HENCE I thought I'd have a go at writing a song that expressed MY gratitude to the place, and all the other places like it that never seem to get talked about anymore.
To do this I decided to do an ANIMATION, and GOOD LORD but it took a long time. Much of this is my own silly fault - as you can see, there are a LOT of redrawn covers of comics from the ERA, which I really REALLY got into drawing. I'm particularly pleased with the "Love & Rockets" one, but I reckon they're all rather nice, and are all (I think) comics that I owned at the time.
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