1. Tell us about your punk life so far - where did it all begin, best and worst bands seen, best CD's etc.
I got into punk around 1977 when music had gone stale. The band that got me into punk was The Stranglers and even though they had just jumped on the punk bandwagon it got me exploring other bands. I started listening regularly to John Peel and that was the initiating factor in my big interest in new and lesser known bands.
My main gripes are the poor turn-outs at gigs played by lesser known bands and tossers like Daz Russell (Wasted/Rebellion) who says he has done a lot for punk when it’s punk that has done a lot for him.
I live in Ashton and it used to have a pretty good scene but now it’s virtually dead. The Witchwood always used to have regular punk gigs on but now it’s all tribute bands. The only place to put gigs on in Ashton now is The Station Pub or The Guzzlin’ Goose. Great if you like 3CR but obviously I’m not a fan. Most of the local gigs I go to are at the Thatched House in Stockport but I’ll travel anywhere within reason to see a good gig.
I did once partially eat a Peruvian lavatory attendant but he was over-cooked and the choice of vegetables didn’t compliment him.
I think the turd on the cover looks great, I’d even go as far to say edible. As for the bands on the CD they show just how strong in depth the scene is at grass roots level.
Drunk, unconscious, inebriated, ballooned, porn-baron.
To be brutally honest since The Partisans gig I put on at the Witchwood in 2006, a gig where I lost a shitload of money, I just thought it wasn’t worth all the hassle when nothing is guaranteed. Breaking even is ok but I can’t afford to take the risk of losing money I just can’t afford.
My favourite cleansing agent has to be Domestos. Bear in mind it must be diluted in equal parts with water. Not sure about Leighton, maybe if he lost some weight the fat Welsh bastard.
My ideal gig to promote would be another charity gig at The Witchwood in Ashton. It would be an all dayer with 9 lesser known bands playing and my own band headlining. I would only charge a fiver on the door.
I don’t have heroes as such but I do admire people who strive against adversity. Stephen Hawking is a good example.
The music’s there just go and find it.
I find dressing up as John Merrick (The Elephant Man) relieves tension but it takes over 20 hours to get the make-up right. As for marrying Rod Hull I couldn’t marry him because I’m already married to snooker player Tony Drago.