AN exhibition of chart-topping local band The Enemy is being hosted at the Coventry Music Museum.
Called ‘Live and Die, A Celebrating of The Enemy’, it launched last week at the venue in Ball Hill.
The Enemy took their place on The Coventry Music Wall of Fame this week, inducted by Lord Mayor Lindsley Harvard, in front of a strong gathering at the music museum.
The trio, who split up the band at the end of last year with a triumphant gig at the Coventry Empire, unveiled their plaque with the help of BBC Coventry & Warwickshire presenter Brody Swain.
They saw for themselves the exhibition dedicated to them, sponsored by Coventry General Charities and Nisa, Ball Hill, which takes up two rooms.
The music museum said: “Items and memorabilia trace the history of the band’s ten year reign, with their stage set including amps and instruments on show.
“Visitors can play their favourite song on The Enemy Juke box, try and crack a Enemy jigsaw, and be part of the exhibition themselves on the ‘This Wall is About You’. “Part of the display is a wall of photographs, entitled ‘Stalking The Enemy’ – a series of unique and unseen photographs of the band, taken over a ten-year period by exhibition creator and music journalist Pete Chambers BEM.
“On the eve of their last gig the band gave a frank and emotive interview to filmmakers Nigel Meffen and Doug McDermott.
“It ends showing just how important this Coventry three-piece band actually were.
“The launch night was complete with Sam McNulty and his band, who were brave enough to hit the spot with their own versions of Enemy hits.”
Enemy frontman Tom Clarke giving an emotive speech, and later said: “Just wanted to say well done and thank you and Julie for all the effort you and everybody have put into the exhibition. It’s tremendous, makes me feel very proud to be amongst some of the amazing names in that place. Thanks on behalf of all of us”.
The exhibition runs till November, admission is normal museum entry of £3 Adults, £2.00 Passport To Leisure card holders, NUS and Senior Citizens and £1.00 Children. * Photos by John Coles