Punishment of Luxury – Live on Alright Now
On the 14th of March 1979, Punishment of Luxury performed ‘Puppet Life’ live in the ‘Alright Now’ studio.
The episode also featured an interview with Ian Dury and a performance by Goldie and wasn’t broadcast until later in the year (August ’79)
This was a special day for us and Brian recalls Ian Dury (of the Blockheads) scrambling up the stairs from his dressing room to see us perform. Jimi recalls the volume of echo on the Goldie vocal during the soundcheck while Nev remembers the intensity of a dressing room physical workout preparation and the fine adjustments to the masks and make up.Nev Luxury
The video shows Punilux with the Ski masks performing on All Right Now and a few people who saw that performance have the following comments
Keith Newman (Highlights PR): “As a young teenager, I saw these odd guys in balaclavas singing Puppet Life on TV and I like thousands of other were hooked”
“Their music had weird time signatures” Rob Harland (Big Figure Promotions)
This shot was taken outside a studio in London and appeared in a national music paper
We were considered a special band at that time perhaps because we combined a unique musical approach with dynamic imagery and unusual dance routines with everyone playing a part in the dramatic outcome.
It was during a visit to do some London gigs that we noticed someone selling Ski masks from a card board box in Tottenham Court Road so we jumped out the van and bought some and started to use them immediately when performing.
Performing, dancing and playing live together required preparation and hard work
50 Walker Terrace in Gateshead was where Neville Atkinson, a musician, singer songwriter and performer met Brian Rapkin, an actor, a singer and songwriter working for Mad Bongo Theatre Group.
They both played and shared ideas and thoughts about imagery and soon the air was filled with songs and electric exhilaration and so it was here that the seed was planted for the band.
A working relationship was developed while touring together in Mad Bongo Theatre Group and they both decided they wanted to explore a new way to combine music and visual performance which led to the bands first song, Puppet Life.