Before he had the flash of brilliance to blend traditional Irish music with punk’s snotty middle finger in The Pogues and blossomed into one of the greatest songwriters of the late 80′s Shane MacGowan fronted The Nipple Erectors, a reckless and unflinching band even by circa 1977 British punk standards. Shane was a fixture of the Sex Pistols scene. If you’re watching any documentary about that period (particularly the highly recommended “The Filth And The Fury”) and see a shot of the crowd at those seminal punk gigs be patient, it’s only a matter of time before he comes pogo-ing into the frame.
Well just a few weeks ago those very Nipple Erectors (shortened to Nips following the release of their first single) reunited for their first show in close to 30 odd years at the legendary 100 Club as a surprise guest supporting The Cute Lepers and Johnny Moped. The following videos provide an interesting before and after study.
Compare that with this vid from German TV circa 1978