This band really rattled the NME. They were slated and loved at the same time. Birdland had matching peroxide blonde haircuts, which were like something from a cartoon. They certainly had their live set perfected, sounding not unlike the New York Dolls, Ramones and the Stooges. Gigs were frenzied power punk outings.
It was just great: I felt a bit like Joe Strummer seeing the Sex Pistols or something.
James Dean Bradfield, Manic Street Preachers talks about his experience seeing Birdland; ‘BestGig I Ever Saw’ NME, 10 September 1994.
Birdland were not as adaptable as the Manic Street Preachers. Their punk image became old hat, and if they attempted to do anything different they were ridiculed. The band were given a support slot on Janes Addiction uk tour in 1989, but are sacked after the first date. This sort of behaviour screams out punk attitude, and it was also a quick route to self destruction. Legal disputes with their former manager and Lazy records folding in 1992, led to the demise of Birdland. Although they did tour 1993 with a new rhythm section.