UFO, the name is now legendary........
I first went in early 1967. It was the prototype of clubs to come
and I certainly had experienced nothing like it.
The club was held every two weeks and was situated in an old
dance hall in Tottenham Court Road going on until dawn. The atmosphere
was other worldly-especially as England was still under a gray 50's
conservatism. You went down some steps and entered an Aladdins cave
of brilliantly coloured crawling slides, strobes, silent films and
cartoons-all splashed across the walls simultaneously. The air was
heavy with incense and there was a total feeling of passive innocence-most
people knew of it by word of mouth-and there was not a touch of
cynicism or irony-hence another reason for the name "children".
All sorts of bizarre people went to UFO -' 66 and 67 were the height
of dressing up-old military uniforms from "I
was Lord Kitcheners Valet" and exotic clothing from
"Granny Takes A
Trip". People would sometimes go from UFO to Happening
44, another club.
Like all psychedelia, UFO was an eclectic boiling pot of references.
Massive amounts of drugs were taken-usually LSD or Methedrine, acid
usually given out free--people floated through the haze and sometimes
took their clothes off all in a blissfully naive way.
In one corner would be a juggler or poet, mime in another and the
Floyd or Soft
Machine bombarding the crowd from the anonymity of the crawling
slide show -The Crazy World
of Arthur Brown and Tomorrow
would also play. However, during 67 The News of The World wrote
a damning article about the " horrors" of this psychedelic
dungeon and next week passive freaks were alarmed to find groups
of suited Mods arriving for some of the "free Love".
Soon after, UFO died, but will always be synonymous with London’s
YES do I remember the UFO we
used to gig there also Happening 44 as Armada, also the Electric
Garden, Covent Garden.
How I ever survived still AFFECTED for life but what times we were
free to live ...if you did not have money, no problems, you could
still go there "Love and Peace man" and the guy on the
door said “COOL MAN”.....and you went right on in.
I seem to remember £25 a gig, plus a percent on the door. Never
could work that one out, packed house extra £5