Inspiration: The Debt Collector
Drawing on my career in the International Music business which also included, at one time, providing the ‘talent’ for the ‘Most famous nightclub in the world’ – their blurb, not mine, I based my short story, ‘The Debt Collector,’ on that period of time just at the dawn of home studios when everyone who could afford the gear, thought they were the bedroom equivalent of Pete Waterman.
Lots of British bands were emulating the sound of the American West Coast and Rock bands such as Dave Lee Roth, Whitesnake, Def Leppard to name a few, and Rick Astley and Sinita were all the rage.
It was the time of the Quire Boys, Dare and Ozzie Osbourne was still riding high. Our Rock nights at the club attracted all these people for a free booze-up in the Star-bar and lots of Rock journalists swarmed around, feeding off the next best thing and hoping they would make their name in Kerrang! Metal hammer or Metal Forces by discovering ‘ The next big band’.
The story takes place in a night club similar to the one I have described and shows the seedier side of the business. Although I and my partner managed bands and tried to steer clear of the less than salubrious types the business often attracted, it was difficult not to cross paths with them now and again. This became especially difficult when working Internationally and in Hollywood in particular (another story for another day).
Add in the ‘Troubles in Northern Ireland,’ at that time, and a connection with various ‘underworld characters,’ and the story takes on a sinister feel. It is a short story and is included in an anthology, in aid of The Norfolk Hospice (Charity) and is called ‘Telling Tales,’ by Writers for Welfare. Sadly the hard back and paper back books, and e-book are no longer available. I may well elaborate upon the story in the future as there is so much more to it, but with short stories word count restrictions often mean a precis is all we can offer.
Names and actual events have been altered for obvious reasons.