But friction between Dermott and Jerry reaches new heights, and with
wedding bells on the horizon for one of our heroes, will this mean the end
of the band? There's some serious heart-wrenching stuff here as we say good-bye to
It wasn't the car stealing thing that split me and Terry up. It was
actually all over a purple ra-ra skirt. I'd bought it from Top Shop
and showed it to Terry - he hated it. But worse than that, he told me
I was not allowed to wear it. Not in public not around the house -
not ever. I told him to stick it. I was much too young to end up
being “her indoors.”
Michelle stuck with me throughout the whole car stealing set-up. I
really appreciated it. But the thing with Michelle was that she was
still into going out - dancing, drinking. But I’d had enough of all
of that. I mean you don’t want to be doing all of that in you’re
twenties. You have to grow up - settle down. Otherwise - what’s the
So that was it. I moved out and went back to live with my parents.
Having lived away from home for over a year, this was a real shock.
Having my dinner cooked for me, having to eat it at set times, having
to tell my folks when I’m going out - when I’m going to be back. Dad
asking me to turn my music down because they're trying to watch
Surprise Surprise. I couldn't hack it - I decided as soon as my
course is finished I'm off out to get a job. Then Peter called.
I asked her out on a date. She said No - she had only just split with
Terry and wasn't ready to start seeing anyone again. But I wouldn't
take No for answer - I wasn't going to put that phone down until she
I admired his persistence. Eventually I had to say Yes - but I said -
“We’re just meeting for a drink OK? That’s it. This ain’t the start
After seven years I was finally out on a date with Michelle. This is
my big chance. I needed to impress her. I would get a fancy suit and
hire a car for the day.
I told him that if you need to impress Michelle - Cobra can steal you
a Spaz Chariot to order. She'll find it hilarious. I mean who
So where does Peter choose to take Michelle on his dream date? Ah!
The Romance. Staines.
Get rid of unsightly Staines.
I was worried at first that Peter was going to be all creepy and
intense - like “at last - we’re together.” But he wasn’t like that at
all. He was very relaxed and he made me feel very relaxed.
We had lots to talk about, seeing as we both went to the same school.
There was loads to catch up on. We met at this wine bar, and just
talked and talked and talked.
Everything seemed right with Peter. So upbeat and cheery - and he
loved my purple ra-ra skirt.
We missed the start of the film, and Michelle says - “There's place
round here called Jacksons - they play Jazz Funk. I've always wanted
to go.” I said of course.
When I first started seeing Terry he would take me to a lot of the
soul and jazz funks dos, but after a while, he couldn't be bothered.
Just wanted a pub and a pint - or staying home and watching the
telly. But everything seemed reckless and spur of the moment with
My musical tastes have always been very open, and I liked what I
heard at Jacksons. I heard a record with this amazing slap bass sound
- I dash up to the DJ - “what's this mate?” “Level 42.” I was going
to try a bit of slapping on my bass.
We danced and talked. Talked and danced. Of course we did a little
bit of drinking in-between. It turns out he's still going around with
those two loser clowns from Feltham School. The way he talked about
his friends - real warmth. I was quite moved. I told him I thought
they were pratts - I had to.
That night with Michelle, dancing in a club in Staines - one of the
best nights of my life.
He walked me home and he asked me if I would see him again. I said of
course. We kissed good-night and it felt so nice to be 18 again.