Moon's Red Box

Friday, 3 September 2010

You know how it is, the summer comes, you blink, and two months have gone by and little work has been done. Or at least, little work done just for the hell of it rather than merely feeding the mortgage monster. A lot's been happening in the outdoor media world in the last few weeks, so I'm going to make a concerted effort to catch up with some of it. In the meantime, here's an exquisite gem for those of us with their roots in the 1980s rock climbing scene, who were living in Manchester at the time. Check out these links to the video for Simply Red's smash hit Open Up The Red Box, shot in Hulme and featuring in the first instance Quentin Fisher and his partner Helen Brown, daughter of Joe, at 1:35 and then the second version, unreleased apparently, featuring the Ginger Whinger Mick Hucknall going head to head with a genuine legend Ben Moon. Why did Hucknall's management deem this effort inferior? Or was the competition for female viewers too great? This cultural footnote to Thatcher's climbing decade comes courtesy of Helen's sister Zoe, hard at work on Joe's biography. She tells me the team were hanging out in the Manchester University Student's Union caff when Hucknall's management dropped by looking for talent to appear in their video. My future wife was living in Hulme at the time, and it's frankly a little surprising she doesn't crop up too, given her exihibitionist tendencies and enthusiasm for dancing.

Posted by Ed Douglas at 9.40 AM