There’s not a lot of relevant information attached to this live YouTube video of My Bloody Valentine, except for the year, 1987, and a commenter offering that it might have been taped at the Bull and Gate in Kentish Town, London. The group was originally formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1983, but the members changed. If the date is to be believed—it seems right to me—then this probably would have been one of the the band’s initial gigs once the classic lineup, consisting of founders Kevin Shields and Colm Ó Cíosóig with Bilinda Butcher and Debbie Googe had been solidified. Bilinda didn’t even join until March of 1987 and until he was fired for being unsuitable after one gig in April, there was a co-lead singer with her named Joe Byfield.
In 1987, My Bloody Valentine weren’t even signed to Creation Records, that happened the following year, in 1988. This would also be the year before the You Made Me Realise EP, so around the time they would have been recording the largely forgotten Strawberry Wine and Ecstasy EPs for Lazy Records.
Although this video suffers from the same fate as most vintage, amateur shot live videos of MBV—even barely past their twee, Byrdsy/indie jangle pop era they were apparently still just too damned LOUD for the audio inputs on 80s video cameras to know what to do with the signal—it’s an interesting curio. There was no “MBV concert” setting on Sony handycams back then, like there is with iPhones today. You’re on your own as far as the set list goes.
Bonus: Approximately eighteen months later, as seen at this gig taped at the University of London Union on February 16, 1989, they were a completely different band. Note extremely short encore of “You Made Me Realise.”
Thank you kindly Nick Abrahams!