|AN A TO Z OF PUNK - EXTRACT|
key group of people, though not performers as such, were arguably
Britain's first punk fans. The original core of the Bromley
Contingent were in the audience of one of the first Sex Pistols gigs, at
Ravensbourne Art College in Bromley, an outer London suburb on the
border with Kent. In stark contrast to the apathetic or appalled
reaction of most early Pistols audiences (including the bulk of the one
at Ravensbourne), this group began to both spread infectious
word-of-mouth praise around their acquaintances, and become a regular
fixture at all the band's gigs in and around the capital - attracting
notice from the music press as started dressing for audience
participation in outrageous and provocative home-made fashions which
rapidly became identified with the spread of punk itself.
Principal Contingent members were Simon Barker, who first alerted his friends to the Pistol's unique appeal after witnessing that first Bromley gig, Sue Ballion (who was to become Siouxsie), Steve Severin (later a Banshee), Billy Broad (quickly to metamorphose into Billy Idol), John Beverley (a future Pistol himself, as Sid Vicious) and the striking Catwoman (Sue Lucas). Most of these would be seen on TV on the occasion of the Bill Grundy/Sex Pistols contretemps, and they were very much the prototypes for the general media perception of what constituted a punk fan in the mid-late 1970s.