Don't forget ...tomorrow night (Tues 21st) at the Maritime Hotel 7pm (16th St/9th)FREE... Ian McCulloch (echo & the bunnymen) and Pete Wylie (Wah! - www.petewylie.co.uk) both perform and or DJ.. Ian an Pete were in the original band with Julian Cope AND Pete Burns called The crutial three... Wylie will tell you all about it ! Some great stories ....
The Mystery Girls was after.... Wayne Hussey was also in that band for a while too...and I think Budgie (from the Banshees). wow you guys know your stuff... You should try to get hold of a book called Liverpool Rock Family Tree .... its got all of this in there!
I heard they offered that spot to (Boy) George first.... as always Pete gets Georges sloppy seconds LOL
That show looks fab!! Michael Barrymore is also on ...he's an ex-Tv Game show host whose marriage ended when one of his coked up rent boys was found dead in the family swimming pool! An then theres also Dennis Rodman!! I would love to watch that show.... bugger American TV is shite
I heard on the radio that the government have said Pete could face jail over the gorilla coat when he leaves the Big Brother house. Seems strange that charges would wait til after the show finishes as if the Big Brother house is exempt from British law - it really does seem to be a bubble.
Not sure if it is his own or the origin of it but this is Pete's best line in the house so far (in reference to Jodi marsh), "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink, and you can lead a whore to culture but you can't make it think."
I've heard that if he can prove it is an antique (as he claims it is) he can't be charged... Jojo was going to use one for the Marilyn Monroe doll he was working on. He may want to reconsider
Also, I've heard that Pete and Lynn are now legally divorced but are still friends (apparently she's also a blonde now???) And Pete has a new beau... an Italian, who was the one who bought him the coat in question.
Also, Pete is telling the story about how his lips went all wrong after a specific kind of solution was injected, and he's had to have major reconstructive surgery to fix all the issues he's had. He's lost his house, and had to sell his whole back catalogue to pay for it...
Inside the bizarre world of Pete Burns -- Jan 9 2006 PADDY SHENNAN on the weird and wonderful life of Big Brother's Scouse celebrity Paddy Shennan, Liverpool Echo
ONCE seen never forgotten, Pete Burns used to walk around Liverpool wearing outrageous black PVC outfits, black contact lenses - and human bones in his hair.
"Nobody was as wild as me. Some people used to laugh, but I knew one day I would show them all."
This was the Dead or Alive frontman, now 46, talking to the ECHO long after he'd shown them all by storming to the top of the charts with You Spin Me Round (Like A Record).
And now the man of his word is showing them all over again, this time in the Celebrity Big Brother house.
Move over Michael Barrymore, the real drama queen's in town.
"He caused a sensation in Liverpool because he was the ultimate head-turner," recalls Geoff Davies, who employed him behind the counter at Probe Records in Button Street - where Pete staged a party to celebrate getting to No. 1 in spring 1985.
Geoff adds: "The nearest I ever got to being involved in a fight was when I stopped some fella beating him up in the shop because he took exception to his appearance."
It has previously been suggested that Geoff employed him because he knew he would be bound to attract more customers, but he says: "I never looked at it like that. I just thought things were always lively and fun when Pete was around. He was great company; so funny and so bitchy.
"He must have worked for Probe for about two years - and I also rented out part of the shop to Pete and his girlfriend, Lynne, whom he later married (they wed in 1980 but recently divorced), where they sold weird clothes, including a lot of PVC."
Just a few yards away from Probe was Eric's in Mathew Street. A Cavern for the 1970s, it was the focal point of the Liverpool punk and new wave scene between 1976 and 1980.
It was a place where Pete and Lynne held court - and the place where Roger Eagle, who ran the venue with Pete Fulwell and Ken Testi, told Pete he would no longer be allowed entry unless he formed a band.
Pete Wylie, who, together with Julian Cope, played in that first Pete Burns band - the Mystery Girls - is another fan of the man. He says: "I remember seeing the Sex Pistols at Eric's. Nobody had ever seen anything like the Pistols and I'd never seen anybody like Pete - I had a camera with me that night and took one photograph of the Sex Pistols and three of Pete Burns.
"He wore black PVC and his head looked like someone had melted a load of black vinyl down into a kind of space quiff. Pete Fulwell said that when The Clash played Eric's the whole audience moved forward, but when the Mystery Girls played Eric's with Pete singing the whole audience moved back."
But Pete, he adds, didn't just have the look, he had the mouth - and the guts.
"He was the funniest bitch you could ever meet. And although walking around Liverpool looking like he did took a lot of bottle, he didn't take any s**t off anyone - he would never back down. His mouth could get him into trouble but it could also get him out of it.
"And he's also quite a big guy, so it was a brave person who took him on.
Johnny Rotten made I'm A Celebrity watchable when he was on that show - I think Pete Burns will do the same with Celebrity Big Brother. It certainly won't be boring."
Liverpool-born music writer Paul Du Noyer famously said of Pete: "You could have thrown a hand-grenade into the middle of Church Street and caused less reaction. He's a born entertainer."
Pete, himself, told the ECHO: "I think I must have been a bit crazy in those days. I mean I did look pretty odd, but the thing I loved was when I used to get the train from Port Sunlight into Liverpool and nobody said anything, even though I must have looked like something that stepped out of the taxidermist."
But his sense of adventure was in evidence years earlier - at the tender age of seven he insisted on wearing a Red Indian head-dress at school.
He said: "I think my parents knew they were in trouble when I wouldn't go to school without my head-dress and my mother used to have to come to the yard and set up a wigwam so I could go in there at break time.
"I suppose I've always felt I've been in some kind of spotlight because of my appearance. But I came out of the punk era and I don't understand people who make a spectacle of themselves and are apologetic about it. I just do not apologise for being a freaky-looking person.
"I think being flamboyant is very like a drug, though. I can take a dose of flamboyancy that would kill most beginners and that shocks a lot of people. But I've never done it to try and be provocative, I've done it because I know no other way to be."
After hitting the top, Pete stressed: "I didn't abandon Liverpool. I stayed as long as I could, but in this business you have to come to London because you have to be on call for things like studios or just management decisions and I make sure I'm here so I can keep control."
Though it's true he didn't enjoy some of the reaction he provoked here: "It definitely wasn't safe for me to live there because the city, at that time, about 1982, became potentially very violent towards unusual looking people.
"But I do accept that at that time, anywhere I went in the world, it was likely to be that way.
"If you make yourself stand out and you're very conspicuous, human nature's first instinct is probably to attack, criticise or abuse you.
"Liverpool was great and everything was exciting but gradually the attitude towards freaky people became very nasty.
"The initial impact of having an outstanding appearance is that people are too shocked to say anything, but when they see you on a regular basis the shock wears off and turns to confusion, then the next step is aggression. Eventually they just thought 'He's a w****r, let's throw a bottle at him'."
Of his cosmetic surgery career, he told us two years ago, when he was promoting the Here And Now Tour, which also included Kool & The Gang and T'Pau: "I don't think I'm going to end up like Michael Jackson, I haven't had anywhere near as many things done as people think.
"If you buy your own house and live there for a couple of years, eventually you're going to knock down a wall or paint it a different colour. I'm just re-decorating."
The mad thing about Probe records is that around that same time Budgie from the Banshees was also workng there....next door was the hairsalon Extreems where A flock of Seagulls all worked... and down two more shops was the Vintage Clothes store Aunt Twackys where Paul Rutherford from Frankie Goes to Hollywood worked. Which was of course accross the street from OMD's studio. This was also the time that Courtney Love used to hang out 'stalking' Julian Cope. Pete 'stole' allot of that early image from influence from an ole mate o mine Kris Guidio who was friends with Bryan (Cramps) Gregory. Kris was one of the few people in Liverpool who had been to American (back early 80's that was 'something' to have been to The State) and he'd come back with all these human bones and dog black contact lense. Kris was a real talented artist an a real deviant who greatly influenced Pete. Then Pete (funded by his wealthy parents) would take trips to London and buy up the whole Westwood Pirate collection etc. He also used to take these 'tanning' tablets which were popular then which made him bright orange!
Liverpool was a magical small town then....still is!!
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