‘Alice’ transformed him from Andy Taylor – an “unprepossessing youth”, unemployed, and a college drop-out twice over – into the mesmerising, near mythical Andrew Eldritch.
Before ‘Alice’, Andy Taylor was just one of many habitués of a grimy Leeds punk club who had a band on the side. “Eldritch” was just a name Taylor used when he made records and played gigs, neither of which he did that often.
‘Alice’ began a sequence of stunning EPs and live shows that made Eldritch the most compelling British rock & roll performer of his generation. And this is the story of how on earth that happened.
Taylor was born in Ely; Eldritch was born in Leeds. This is also the story of where on earth that happened.
60 years? Well… “What I really resent about people sticking labels on you,” said Siouxsie Sioux in 2004, “is that it cuts off the other…