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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Mr. Jones is returning to the radio on Sundays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM (pacific) beginning on... 10/10/10

with MISTER SHOVEL, too!

Here is an article from the LA Times

Here is a link to the announcement on the station's website with a link to stream KROQ

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Malcolm is DEAD.

Malcolm McLaren, Artiste, Situationiste,  impressario and haberdasher, whips  chains bondage, SEX clothing, teddy boy revival clothier and the notorious mismanager of the Sex Pistols died yesterday in a Swiss hospital. He had been fighting a long battle with cancer. I just logged into the social networking and found out...as you do.

A controversial figure. In my narrow experience with the, "what do you think of Malcolm" question I think he was a pretty creative powerhouse myself.   Not much more can be said at this juncture in time but I've added in this old, old screen from The Great Rock and Roll Swindle of a cartoon Malcolm going down with The Good Ship Venus...and a pair of his "Dead In England," "Ancien," range of SEX and Seditionaries era reboots. This time the classic 70's trouser. Thumbprint signature haute couture label visible on the rear pocket.  Sometimes this stuff appears on eBay.  Not that the togs matter but wasn't one of the punk era slogans, "like brain, like trouser." ?!

And also there is this link from the Daily Mirror with a nice picture:

So Farewell Malcolm McLaren, fi the flooers o' the forest are a wede awa.

This site even contains some of our old transcriptions...but this is an excellent piece from Phil Singleton at sex-pistols.net.  Slightly disagree on the matter of Ghosts of Oxford Street, loved Buffalo gals, not wrong about everyone blaming Malcolm. I still love the Swindle and know for a fact that Steve Jones likes it too, along with Phil and many other silly old buggers, I can probably recite wholesale chunks of it.

What did Malcolm McLaren mean to you?

My thoughts are with his friends and family.

That is All.

That's enough.

Chris W.as A.non

Friday, November 20, 2009

6 music...

So what will happen when Google dies? Will all blogs created in blogspot die too?

Will tomorrow nights homemade curry be as successful a curry as those which we can buy in little plastic containers with lids on? Facebook mode off.

I had some news the other day of import which filled my sour heart with cheer, though getting to hear the show on this old computer proved staggeringly annoying. My good friend Stuart...

The lad with the pencils, (not the lad in California called MM) sent me this. I'm quite sure that he'll not mind me using it to plug Jones.

I've caught only one show so far just from BBC 6 music's quartet of Jonesology. "A month of Sundays." Entertaining Mr. Jones. Its the usual jukebox eclectic mix of the wild and the funny and the monologously phiolosophical from the Pontiff.


Some things are different with the Beeb. The absence of Mark Sovel, who letds face it had long since stopped being the straight man. The station identifier Indie 1031. The familiar annoying jarring jingles about flogging bubble cars to people down on Long Beach and the interminable adverts for Joe Escalator. Not to mention the House of Everything but blues...

What ever happened to Indie 103.1?

Aaaaaaaaaaaand of course the pants or mustard contests . The tunes are there, no whistling but or strumming oh and the belching has been replaced by moaning and the farting seems to have been knocked on zer head...

I have missed 2 shows...I'm such a silly sausage. I bet YOU haven't? Eh!

What has Auntie Beeb let herself in for? I bet she's never put mustard into her Granny pants!

Right kids?

I have to say that I love it and all the howling Jonesless hordes Worldwide since Indie 103.1 died will doubtless LOVE IT too. So fill yer lugholes.

Double plus excellent those damn yanks have to listen to our crappy jingles instead of Indie 103.1 blather about escalators and Camp Freddy.

We're going to visit the Duke and we'll be right back after...

Next Sunday.



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rat Scabies or Chris Miller visits the box. part 2

My God was it really that long ago?

Welcome back to Chriswasanon, the No 1. sporadic force for transcriptions when the tapes can be had when with quality max renderings of that ancient and now deceased unique Californian musical institution, Jonesy’s Jukebox on the Indie 103.1 station we rewind the very best bits of the old rusting box in the corner now forgotten (sob). Last time we left our one comatose reader, Rat Scabies was saying this:

“Pass me another glass of claret.”

And Steve was saying this:

"... New Rose.We’re here with Chris Miller, the drummer in the Damned and this is New Rose. Take it away…."

Did I tell you about the 30th anniversary edition of NMTB? Get one, get the poster, frame it, vacuum it, settle the needle on the stylus and enjoy. Did I?

I think that when I posted the first part of that Rat Interview that was happening...and this has weighed heavily with me but then when one receives a missive from the great man himself, one eventually gets one's finger aht and posts...

Part one of this interview is here, or you can scroll down.

So lets have at part two...

Steve: Well let’s hear it anyway. New Rose.We’re here with Chris Miller, the drummer in the Damned and this is New Rose. Take it away….

Steve: You’re listenin’ to Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie103.1 with my guest Rat Scabies.

RS: Hey, Hi.

Steve: Hi Rat. That was Status Quo and that was Paper Plane. Was you a fan of Status Quo?


ot publicly but…

Steve: You was a closet like me, yeah.

RS: Well they did fast songs that was…

Steve: You get ‘ung right if you’d ‘ave copped to what you really liked (“copped,” admitted)

RS: Oh yeah.

Steve: That’s what I say, I was a big fan of Boston but I couldn’t tell anybody.

RS: No well I never went that (ffff) underground. I weren’t that deep.

Steve There was no need for that (referring to Scabies almost saying the fuck) Who was you a closet…

was you a closet Quo fan then?

RS: No I used

to well the thing is back then a band would make an album, there’d maybe one or two tracks on it that were sort of acceptable like. I think my biggest one is probably King Crimson, “21st Century Schizoid man,” I think that’s…

Steve: Well that is way worse than Boston!

RS: Well…

Steve: That’s nothing to be proud of mate.

RS: I don’t know…I think I need some sort of support group for that.

Steve: King Crimson, who else? Give us another good one.

RS: I don’t know, no there weren’t that much. I used to like quite obscure things like I remember there was this one…

Steve: Harvest?

RS: No no it was nothin’ as bad as that but really I was sort of like a bit of an Who fan and…

Steve: Oh the Who that was acceptable, that was on the cusp of being acceptable.

RS: Well and Alex Harvey, there was a couple of Ten Years After tracks I liked. “Love like a man” was

always a winner and a bit of Cream here and there but…

Steve: He was a great guitar player, old…

RS: Alvin Lee?

Steve: Alvin Lee, brilliant guitar player. That’s my favourite on Woodstock that ‘im doin’ Goin’ ‘Ome is my favourite out of all of the Woodstock, ‘im doin’ that, it’s brilliant.

RS: Yeah I think…I saw him play once at the Isle of Wight Festival, you know the big you know after Woodstock when they English thought they’d have a go?

Steve: Yeah. Yeah.

RS: And did that. I went to that.

Steve: Was Free..?

RS: Yeah Free was on it, like everyone was it Miles Davis, The Who, Hendrix it was. I was like um what fourteen.

Steve: What year was that?

RS: 72-73? (It was 1970. Hendrix died soon after). I was there lookin’ after an ‘ot dog stall while Jimi Hendrix played.

Whilst Hendrix played, Rat flogged zer hot dogs...

Steve: Was yer?

RS: Yeah

Steve: Excellent.

RS: The Good old days, it was nice.

Steve: We gotta visit the Duke we’ll be right back with some more wonderful stories from Chris Miller, the author. Thanks for listening.

They return.

Steve: Belching. Pardon! Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie 103.1 with my guest Rat Scabies, the author, drummer and er…

RS: Grail hunter!

Steve: And Grail Hunter and thief of old antiquities. You was on the Anarchy Tour, right?

RS: Yeah!

The much reproduced poster of one of those cancelled dates on the Anarchy Tour...

Steve: Who was on that? There was the Pistols, there was Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers and Clash..

RS: And us. The Damned.

Steve: That was it, there weren’t no one else?

RS: No.

Steve: Do you remember gettin’ on the bus at Shaftesbury Avenue? No at round the corner from Denmark Street, didn’t we all get on the bus there?

RS: No we weren’t travellin’ with you lot.

Steve: Oh!

RS: We was in a van. On our own. Lonely.

Steve: Why was that then, why did that happen?

RS: Well…I don’t know. I think there was all this between Malcolm and Jake. I don’t think they really liked each other very much.

Steve: Oh, Jake was your manager?

RS: Jake Riviera and I think that…

Steve: That’s a dodgy name though innit?

RS: Malcolm Mclaren? Eh? Huh.. Well that’s even more stable and reliable isn’t it?

Steve: (Loudly in a pushy salesman-type voice) Hi Jake Riviera, nice to meet you!

RS: At least you know you can’t trust ‘im.

Both laugh.

Steve: Well everyone knows Malcolm.

RS: Yeah but I think that was the things really they were sort of at each other and I think they saw the two bands (Sex Pistols and Damned) as a threat or whatever and I think, you know.

Steve: It was pretty crowded on that bus though…

RS: It was, in fact we was probably better off in the van really.

Steve: Yeah.

RS: But I think it was the money thing really. Cos we were really quite jealous of you lot, we never said that but you had this nice luxury bus and stayin’ in Holiday Inns…

Steve: Well…

RS: …and we’re sittin’ on a mattress on the top of the bass cabinet goin’ to Mrs. Bun’s guesthouse down in Rotherham, you know. It weren’t quite the sort of luxury Rock ‘n’ Roll style that I, you know…life-style I was expectin’.

Steve: Yeah but…

RS: (Both talk at once) But none the less, I , we did do the one show though which was the only one we did with that poster line-up.

Steve: Which one?

RS: In Leeds it was weren’t it?

Steve: Was that the first night?

RS: No it weren’t cos I, as I recollect there was quite a lot cancelled (laughs) left, right and centre..

Steve: Cos of the Bill Grundy show.

RS: Well yeah, the first one was like Norwich or somewhere silly like that (University of East Anglia Student’s Union).

Steve: I don’t even remember.

RS: Yeah, well I been researching it for a film script I’m workin’ on.

Steve: Doin’ another book about the Anarchy Tour?

RS: No I’m…a film about the Anarchy Tour is what I’m tryin’ to write at the moment.

Steve: Oh yeah.

RS: What I’m workin’ on…But yeah that one night though yeah, I think that was the best I ever saw the Pistols cos I…I did see you quite a lot you remember I used to go to St Albans Art College.

Steve: That was really early weren’t it?.

RS: That was…

Steve: …not even a stage.

RS: No, no.

Steve: We all looked like we were like twelve years old. I saw some pictures from that actually at St. Albans, that was incredible.

RS: I know, I know, what were they afraid of?

Steve: I know, exactly.

RS: It’s quite, quite surreal now. But that one night on the Anarchy Tour the band was brilliant cos I remember. The audience was horrible cos it was like mostly journalists and football hooligans and skinheads cos there weren’t many punks around really at that point. But I just remember that because like all the bands were really on it. It was a bit like race ‘orses bein’ ‘eld back. Waitin’ to…you know?

Steve: Play, yeah.

RS: “You can play you’re gonna play tonight.” and then we’d get there and then everything. the gear would be in and then it would be: “No sorry lads, you’re not actually gonna plug that guitar in anywhere. You gotta go ‘ome instead.”

Steve: Yeah that was a weird old thing that, the cancellin’ thing and I think Mclaren revelled in it cos it was all publicity but…

RS: Do you think he did?

You know I tend to suspect he just didn’t know what to do.

Steve: Yeah, I don’t know. (CwA has wondered over this for a long time. Is MM an evil Svengali.

Very early and rare Sex Pistols gig poster , created by Malcolm?

RS: Cos he weren’t ‘appy about the Grundy show, was he?

Steve: Not..oh originally.

RS: He told old cos we were rehearsin’ an’ he was tellin’ the whole of the Sex Pistols off in no uncertain terms that they’d blown their career…

Steve: …until he saw the pape

rs the next day and then (Proclaims proudly in Mclaren- type voice) I invented the Bill Grundy show.

RS: And you know why you got that Bill Grundy show…

Steve: Queen…

RS: Cos Freddie Mercury had to go to the dentist.

Steve: Well he has got a lot of teeth.

RS: And well you can see and…um…(laughs thinking of taking FM’s teeth further into more risque realms) um I’m stoppin’ right there!

Steve: Poor dentist, he had a hammer and chisel. God bless ‘im.

RS: God rest his soul.

Steve: Great performer.

RS: If it hadn’t of been for Freddie’s toothache…

Steve: We would never have sworn on tv.

RS: You would never have sworn on telly.

Steve: What did you think of it, did you actually see it live?

RS: No I was, do you know what we was waitin’ for you lot in some draughty hall to turn up for rehearsal.

Steve: That’s right, in Kilburn right?

RS: In Kilburn and I was sittin’ there freezin’ me bollocks off – didn’t know what was goin’ on, you come in with Malcolm shoutin’ at you and the n

ext day I was getting’ the bus to go and meet up with ? for the tour and you was everywhere. Half of…aside no! Ugh and then bein’…but the knock-on effect was really terrible cos it was like everyone ‘ated the Sex Pistols but anybody with spiky ‘air’d do (would do).

Steve: Yeah, yeah, exactly.

The Sex Pistols did not just invent dissent during the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations of 1977 in the UK. as this contemporary badge or pin shows.

RS: I remember on Jubilee day in England it was so terrible, England cos you had this huge wave of patriotism and street parties and Union Jacks and pictures of the Queen everywhere but if you ‘ad spiky ‘air and parallel jeans you know it was like the whole country was likely to give you a good kickin’.

Steve: Yeah, ‘specially the Teddy Boys, they weren’t thrilled was they?

Rat: No

Steve: Most people actually.

Rat: No one was really thrilled, let’s…you know nobody liked us.

Steve: You was goin’ to tell a story about me and then you said


Rat: Was I?

Steve: Yeah, was it a disgustin’ story?

Rat: No.

Steve (To Sovel) Wasn’t he?

Sovel: Was it on the Anarchy tour?

Steve: On the road. On the Anarchy Tour?

Rat: I was only sayin’ about how good you were and great and marvellous and wonderful, it’s fantastic, I’m honoured to be here.

Steve. I thought you was (Groans) Ohhh.

Rat: You know I’m not worthy, its marvellous, your essence, it’s just…I’m gonna bottle the sweat and take it home with me.

Steve: You don’t have to do that, I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, I’m goin’ to let you ‘ave some

right now. False alarm, sorry, false alarm…

All Laugh.

Steve: Um, I thought you was goin’ to say somethin’ like what I did like.

Rat: Well only, I remember when you ordered a lot of drinks in (?) do you remember that pub in Portobello Road we all used to go in on a Saturday afternoon?

Steve : Yeah, yeah.

Rat: We was all in there and you went in and said, “Nah it’s alright, they’re all on me lads.” Then you ordered up all these drinks and while you was orderin’ ‘em you was pissin’ up the bar which was…then to add insult to injury you got them all in and then said to the bloke, “An’ I want one of them off the top shelf,” an’ as he went round to get it…Pssssh you were gone. (Laughs).

Steve: Terrible.

Rat: That was the sort of person you were Steve.

Steve: Is that good?

Rat: Well I don’t know, do you think that’s the sort of thing we want to show the World?

Steve: Is it book-worthy?

Rat: Er…

Steve: Is it Grail-worthy?

Rat: No, it’s not, it’s not really is it?

Steve: OK. Was you ever a fan of the Faces?

Rat: Yeah.

Steve: You like the Faces? This is Rod Stewart’s solo album but it’s actually the Faces playin’ on this one track, it’s all the Faces. This is one of my favourite songs, it makes me fuzzy-wuzzy when I hear it, it’s called True Blue, take it away…

Steve plays some songs. God it’s been so long I’ve forgotten how to transcribe!!! They return:

Steve: You’re listenin’ to Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie 103.1 with my guest Rat Scabies, that was Queen, “Keep yourself alive,” from their first album entitled: Queen before that was “Long haired lover from Liverpool,” by um…what’s his name?

Rat: Little Jimmy Osmond of course.

Steve: Jimmy Osmond. Don’t you want to punch is face in ‘earin that?

Rat: I did then, which probably, like ‘ow old would he be now? He’d probably kill me.

Steve: He’s probably bigger than me now.

Rat: Yeah probably but then he was an irritatin’ little tick.

Steve: And then we had the Rubettes, that was one of Rat’s choices, “I can do it.”

Rat: Mmm.

Steve: That was your favourite Rubettes song?

Rat: Yeah, I like the racket on that, went fast.

Steve: Very good.

Rat: Energy

Steve: Almost like a teddy boy song.

Rat: In a way, were they the teddy boy band?

Steve: No, they were the phoney ones, they were phoney teddy boys.

Rat: Who were the ones…?

Steve: They all ‘ad long ‘air and they put their long ‘air up under their caps

Rat: They ‘ad them big white caps they used to wear, that was the Rubettes, that was their image.

Steve That was there hook, there, you know I went to see ‘em, when I was in London, four years ago or five years ago, mebbe before the Crystal Palace thing and saw ‘em at the Hammersmith, no the London Palladium, it was the Rubettes, Alvin Stardust and Suzy Quatro.

Rat: Coo, top night out.

Steve: It was quite funny.

Rat: How was Suzy Quatro?

Steve: She wasn’t that good actually, I was quite disappointed but Alvin Stardust was on form.

Rat: Really? Did he ‘ave the black leather glove with the ring on the outside?

Steve No, he didn’t, he was more like not carin’ about.

Rat: Cos he was the original black leather rocker bloke, weren’t he?

Steve: Well you know he how that ‘appened, he dyed his barnet before he went on and all the dye was on his hands…

Rat: Yeah

Steve: So he put the leather glove over it and that’s how that started.

Rat: Oh, I didn’t know that.

Steve: See most good things start from accidents an’ he put the ring over it, apparently, that’s what I heard, it could be complete bollocks..But that’s what I ‘eard. from someone. Um then we had Rod Stewart from an album, Never a Dull Moment, that was a song called True Blue and before that was Status Quo. No I’ve all ready said them right? Status Quo ones. Um what was I going to talk to you about? You played with Donovan or something?

Rat: Yeah, I’ve just been out on tour with him.

Steve: What was that like?

Rat: He’s a really, really nice guy. I really like him.

Steve: Is he mellow?

Rat: Yeah.

Steve: Yellow?

Rat: Very. (Laughs) Gooh Oooh, tripped over by Jones. No he’s a real, he’s sort of, I dunno how he’s thought of in America but in England he’s a sort of iconic folkie you know the original wandering minstrel and he’s got a lot of respect and you know he made a lot of great records so I thought it’d be nice to do for a lot of reasons. One of them bein’ it was artistically challenging to play quietly and…

Steve: I bet.

Rat: And do a sort of folkie thing rather than …

Steve: Was you Chris Miller on that tour?

Rat: I started off as Chris Miller and then he found out who I was (laughs) and then

Steve: He wanted you to er?

Rat: Then I gradually became, turned back into Rat Scabies. But he was you know, he looked after me an ‘urdy gurdy man was nice and loud an…

Steve: Did he er, pay yer with good ducats?

Rat: Er again yes, the er the gilt at the end of the tour is always welcome.

Steve: A purse of silver for my fine rat.

Rat: (Indistinct)

Steve: And then we’ll go down to the coast and look for dead vicars. Deadpriest.com um we’re gonna visit the Duke, your ‘ere with Rat Scabies, you’re listenin to Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie 103.1, fanx for listenin’

They return

Steve: You’re listenin to Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie 103.1, with my guest Rat Scabies. Do you still talk to any of the lads from The Damned…

Cover of the very first Ripped and Torn - ye olde famousse Scottish Fanzine...Bought in Glasgow at a venue back in the day.

To be continued and there's not much left now either...the amount of time it has taken me to input this data has, really pissed me really pissed me off and wanting to possibly Smash something up!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

By way of explanation...

Welcome back to chriswasanon. The blog about a Sex Pistol or about a demised radio show hosted by a Sex Pistol, Jonesy's Jukebox, lying in a corner somewhere gone and much lamented at 12 bells but never to be forgotten!

This is about being Damned if you do and damned if you don't. Have you ever heard a hard drive thrashing constantly? Well that is exactly what this computer has been doing the swine! as I attempted to edit part 2 of ye famousse and long over due essential instalment of Rat Scabies, visits the box...But it is in draft upon the blogger servers as we speak.

It is not as if I have not been without the time to do this.

That now said, I received a while ago now a request via Stuart Warwick who can be found here http://stuspunkpics.blogspot.com/ it was inscribed upon projected artwork for a new edition of Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail. It's signed by Rat Scabies and Christopher Dawes. These are the co-author's of "Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail." It appears to be a request to post, "my interview..."

It reminds me of the three Johns...only this time we have the three Christophers...

"To Chris Good Name! Christopher Dawes." "To Chris, Post my Interview! Rat Scabies."

See what I mean? Well in the withering light of the investigative flashlight held by Rat, could you fail not to?

Thanks Stuart for wanging this Wigtown way!


Friday, January 30, 2009

Cough cures, t-shirts and cooking...

I made this and umm...well you could click on it if it was worthy which it isn't sooo obviously OMG but if you did and got a beeeg one missus (oooh fnaar etc.) and er saved it as wallpaper for your desktop or just simply shoved it in some folder with all the other crap somewhere you could lose it, just like you always do. Yeah, you know you do and why do I know this? Because I do too...

Welcome back to ChriswasAnon, the blog that should be about a Sex Pistol but you can forget that for starters because there is no mention of a 2008 Combine Harvester TouR anywhere! This is not to my mind a huge problem, why cover the same stuff that everyone else does? You know that Phil Jens site www.sex-pistols.net is Sex Pistols No 1. for all inf on the group. But a very special thanks to Stuart W. for the fanatastic Christmas card! Cheers Stu! Gather ye round...drone..mumble..whilst yore old Uncle Chris...drone...ramble.

When I first started to listen to the show aeons ago and was doing lots of fannying around on MySpace, I had this idle hanker for a Jonesy's Jukebox t-shirt...fanx for listening. So the above vectored hack is my tribute as it were. In true make do and mend style. I of course no doubt shared this urge for a Jonesy jukebox t-shirt with at least 639 trillion people. I do not have any sort of cat in hell's chance of getting one. I like to dream though that @the perv's boutique at 430, Kings Road (tell them nothing, you are an enemy of the state) it is possible to just tear asunder ye outer facade interior and Lo! there is revealed the original "decor." Simon Bollocks seemed to think so.

Or is this a little more like the fabled and fully stocked warehouse of mothballed Seditionaries gear from 1979? Well, BOY did buy the rights to the designs. Then the Japanese took away everything else removable years ago. Including Park Lane. Dinnae kid yersel. Watch out for the fuju!!! Puffer fish.

Any way maybe somewhere in an attic or a bijou condo or well just some gaff in LA. Just maybe - there lies a pile of soft cotton, screen-printed juke-box t-shirts in a box or a bag. They're just waiting to be matched to their eventual loving owners. They had better not go into the City's dumpster, right?

Brian who looked like a crusty and was in the UK Subs gave me a Die Toten Hosen t-shirt- more about them in the next paragraph. It was given in turn to to him by Bretti, and was a promo for their album, "Die Gentlemen Bitte Zur Kasse." The people to who you pay up! So why can't I have now have one of these jukebox t-s for the modest collection of moth eaten rubbish? Perhaps you have to understand. Well, Mr. Jones and Mr. Shovel - may they prosper - could set me a tricky task if they wanted to - some modest quest perhaps - to earn the right. Or are my breasts not pneumatic enough or my butt bubbly enough? Shovel knows that I did try to reproduce "Speaking in Tongues," flubble luddle blubble - but it din't quite work in fact it was a bish...it's here somewhere in this mess.

The human mind Holmes it is my contention has a massive capacity for obsession and blinkered thinking....I mean what do we know of this young lady? Not in any biblical sense, you pranny! I would dearly like to know what is going on here? What are we meant to think? Was the lass claiming she had simply nothing to wear tonight for the masqued ball? Probably not? Was she ordering a...four seasons pizza with extra mozarella and aceitunas? Well... could she have been trying to get through to the station in order to win tickets to the House of everything but Blues...?Not that either. There can only be one paranoid explanation! Yes! It was because she was after a bleedin' Jonesy's jukebox t-shirt - the cow! Jealous mode on.

Well I don't know Doris, I think she had enough tat to be going on with quite frankly. As usual with those who have everything, they always want more. Pah! Look at all dat loot! What can you see? Well, there is a blue para, at least 5 Pistols Seds t-shirts, an "Arthur 2 Sheds" worth of God Save the Queen promos, including a Reid flag, some very excellent Pistols posters... Oodles and poodles my loves and to top that - she had on what looks to me like an "original" Westwood - McLaren Anarchy Shirt! Put some bondage on dear and "complete the look." Then she could pop down the chippy and get me a fish supper if ours known as the "Florentine" actually hadn't closed up and had the original Scottish Italian decor ripped out by visionary builders in order to be turned into a bar with a bit footie screen and a pool table installed for the local lager swilling youth.

This "look" is one of a completely loopy noo-nah mad self obsessed fan. Fantastic! Just like me! Tell her she has the wrong answer Mr. Jones, she doesn't need any more t-shirts. Whistle it faster! Hang up on her!

Who was the model in the shot? Did Reid create that set for the shoot? I first saw this picture on a picture disc in the 80's...blah blah blah...

Tomorrow...the Blitz Kids!

Today...Ayurvedic cough medicine!

Take one bowl and one banana and one fork or knife. Mash 'im up man, get that good local honey gathered from hives where bees hang-out no less than 30 miles away from you. What do you mean, you do not have a:

beekeeper handy?!?! OK, then it will just have to be a pot or jar from the supermarket or mall but do,do do try and make the effort next time. Got all that? Good, now go grind in a pepper mill - the one that clothes horse used for the four seasons pizza probly - about 2-teaspoon of black pepper corns into a mortar and pestle which I will explain...

Hmm, this reminds me of that obscure video tape where Charley Harper of the UK. Subs makes a pot of Spaghetti Bolognese. He's come back from the pub with my good friend Lefty..and they are both some-what, "lit up," as they say. Mr.Lefty had a video camera in them days and decided to carri-on interviewing Charley whilst the man cooked some post BEER noshup for them in the cocina, the kitchen, si? There was about half an hour's worth of Spag bol with Harper as I recall. It appeared on the end of a "Non Stick" video tape filmed at the Astoria or somewhere in olde London Townne with the Subs giving it some noisy welly. Videos eh? Back in the day...there was no DVD then you young rip! Nor blue teeth or rays...Now this particular vid is in fact called,(what else but, "Cooking with the UK Subs). It is quite, quite quaite obscure...But fun and worth seeking out if you like to see aging punks quietly making supper - instead of shouting, "Stranglehold on you!" in front of a crowd of elderly people who look like they are hiding from their children and grandchildren for the night.

I have a copy of it but it is covered in thick grease and fat (blechhh). I kept it in me kitchen for 12 years - along with the packet mix macaroni cheese. mmm, tasty! Where was I? Ah yes weird cough meds. And I have tried this by the way and it does work!

...So here's that mortar and pestle...

Crush the remnant of black pepper in 'im as if you was a witch..or a wizard. No need for some of dem spells. Mix up a good dose of runny or set honey into the 'nanas that are in the bowl and then spoon a tsp of crushed flat black pepper corns into bowl. Or two...or three...How do I know of how many invalid coughers you comprise? Just share it all out in proportion to the amount of coughing and bird flu you are liad low with. As many as you like or as little. Then eat it all up nice and easy...close your eyes...slowly...concentrate...now...

Are you on that Higher Plane yet?

Tomorrow Anarchy...

Oh no! Not Anarchy, that's boring. Can we play on the Xbox 360? No, you will enjoy these scanz of a famous Glasgow fanzine from wayback in '76. Now stop complaining and help yer old grandad into his bondage kilt.

I am not doing this only because I have mental problems and cannot stop thiNking about PuNk for5 minuteS, well I am but I'm also more doing it because I have more bits and pieces that I would really like to share. Before that Rat Scabies comes around and complains about one half an interview...and makes me go and see, The Dr. Space Toad Experience with Captain Sensible.

Well it will get rid of that tickly cough...the meds, I mean not the Toads.

I'm so good for you.

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Chris was Anon.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sifting through some happy memories.

Welcome back to Chriswasanon.

What is going on?

Sifting through the rubble...?

Still remember that infamous blog?

Jade has a some great things for you on the Interwebs to read but just to make things clear.

I do not know...at all but Jade has a great, great blog here:



As for the alternative jukebox jive blog - 2 posts here in 4 days. What is going on?

Rat's full interview, unlike long forgotten Moroccan holiday snaps of the alleys of Marrakesh ----->might<----- appear soon and no one is deserting any sinking ships.

Chris was Anon.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Five years...what a surprise!

Thanks to everyone, Jones, Sovel, the old Indie, anyone else who ever commented or surfed through - you know who you are or were. Especial muy mucho thanks to the transcriber Floratina for all of the carry on! Maybe I wasn't so dedicated as some are and sometimes I lost the plot but here are the results. From the early days of a crazy blog. So if fancy doing that or some of that again? Rewind...and read on.

Lets keep it locked!

Some of CwA blog's greatest hits and faves were...

Mclagan http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/11/november-8-2006-ian-mclagan-updated.html

Buzzcocks http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/08/july-26th-2006-buzzcocks-visit-box.html

NY dolls http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/07/june-28-2006-new-york-dolls-visit-box.html

The Fixx http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/06/from-june-28-fixx.html

Alan Mcgee http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/06/from-june-16th-alan-mcgee-visits-box.html

Alan Whyte http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/06/from-june-1-2006-hank-iii-visits-box.html

Perry Farrell http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/05/may-2-2006-perry-farrell-visits-box.html

Richard Strange http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/05/richard-strange-26th-may-2006.html

Lemmy and Slim Jim http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/05/may-19th-06-lemmy-and-slim-jim-visit.html

Cheap trick http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/04/bit-of-cheap-trick-from-april-26-2006.html

Angel of Anarchy http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/04/angel-of-anarchy-in-all-his-gory-glory.html

Copeland http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/04/april-4-2006-bit-with-stewart-copeland.html

The Sausage song http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/03/changes-and-sausage-song.html

Todd Rundgren and the New Cars http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/04/april-15-2006-look-back-to-march-20.html

Alain Whyte http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/05/from-may-30-alain-whyte-visits-box-and.html

Jessie Hughes http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/06/flagon-of-man-jesse-hughes-of-eodm_16.html

The Ark http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/06/from-62106-ark-updated-625.html

Joe Cole http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/08/august-2nd-stuff-interview-with-joe.html

Blog history http://chriswasanon.blogspot.com/2006/09/this-day-in-blog-history.html


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Holidays in the Sun 2007 and Rat Scabies visits the box.

This Rat Scabies "Sex Pistols Holidays in the Sun 2007" post will be top posted sticky for 2 months, Tina - on November 28th it can be moved.

Chriswasanon using Safari Beta 3 for Windows Opera! Well my Firefox Mozilla is bust at the moment. Something to do with Java I think....I'm waiting for Firefox 3 and I hope that the Mozilla foundation will get her done. That's enough boring tech. In case you haven't noticed, CwA blog is a punk blog of sorts and a music blog and at the moment a sort of DAMNED eclectic blog.

Floratina has threatened to dust off the blog. We all think that as do our astonishing army of ooh half a reader (Motorhead - "Lemmy visits the box" sometimes even the dizzy heights of two readers, "John Rotten visits the box"). I reason that ALL have to have a rest from the ole; Myspace, Yahoo, CNN news, Arsebook Facebook, Second Life and the BBC every now and then. We all have lives in fact. Besides the boys are back together again for some brand spanking new UK. Sex Pistols gigs. And if that isn't reason enough for me to keep a promise and post some of Rat Scabies visits the box, then what fucking else is there in life to do?

Welcome back to Chriswasanon. Still the only real source outside of www.sex-pistols net for quality transcriptions of ye olde radio show, Ye Jonesy's Jukeboxxe on ye Indie 103.1 fm cranky olde wireless valve radiogramme stationne.

More and yet more shows have been bolted on to the Sex Pistols "Holidays in the Sun 2007" tour, including a "10th caller you've won a ticket" show at the Roxy club venue. That one sounds like it could be a sort of LA. SPOTS gig. John Rotten thought so too. This machine decided to take a header down the Internet stairs the day the www.JohnLydon.com website link to www.seetickets.com was open. Ack! I eventually got on. Now all that remains is to...wait. I'm off to Manchester Inshallah! Sing: "We're the Pistols, no one likes us and we don't care..."

Yes, I wish that I was going to old London Town for Ane Brixton Academy Gigge but the Manchester Evening News venue is only just down the road from Wigtun, in Galloway. Speaking of Wigtown (briefly,) another circus is back in town. It's the Ninth Annual Scottish National Book Town Festival. There's a massive marquee parked in the square. Media types, loads of cops...Dr Ian Paisley...

Anyway. CwA! would like to advise you that if you are in any sort of a position financially or geographically to get yourself a ticket for a Sex Pistols 2007 , gig, why haver and swither and dither you dipstick? Do yourself a favour! BUY A TICKET.

Ah what do we have here? Well Missus, it's Rat Scabies visits the box. August the 8th 2005. Put your minds, eyeballs and earoles back over two 2 years. It's August 8th 2005. Courtesy of my good friend Mr. MM. Some vintage jukebox. Rat Scabies is guesting, Chairman Steve Jones presiding. Ably assisted by the Very Able Mark Sovel (Shovel) the staion engineer, though he does appear to be having some trouble keeping a straight face. Seems like a hot day outside in LA...

Steve: You’re listenin’ to Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie 103.1 on a lovely beautiful California day, 105 degrees, with a North Westerly, Santa Anna, Fontana, blowin’ in with bandanas...all over the manor. Yeeeeah! What was I goin’ to say? What is a porthole?

Mr. S: A what?

Steve: Porthole?

Mr. S: Portal.

Steve: (US. Accent) Portal!

Mr. S: Portal or porthole? There’s two different things.

Steve: There’s space…hole.

Mr. S: Portal.

Steve: Yeah, what is that?

Mr. S: In space?

Steve: Well what is it? You go through it and you go somewhere…

Mr. S: Yeah it’s like a doorway.

Steve: A doorway, what does it mean though really?

Mr. S: It’s a doorway.

Steve: What like there? If I go out there, that’s a porthole?

Mr S: A portal into the…

Steve: A portal into the next millennium.

Mr S: Into the…hallway!

Steve: Right but what is it? Is it something that really exists or is it, made up? When you go through space, you go through a certain place and is that a porthole?

Mr S: Well in Science-Fiction movies it’s a portal, I mean we go through a little…

Steve: So it’s just a fantasy word. It’s not a real word then?

Mr S: Yeah it’s a real word, but it depends how you use it, if it’s in space - that’s a fantasy.

Steve: OK. if it was for real how would it be used? Explain to me how you would use it.

Mr S: Mmm. That doorway is the portal into the hallway.

Steve: OK. (Strumming guitar) I see I’m getting’ nowhere with you Mr. Shovel.

Mr S: But if you’re in space, you’re lookin’ for some kinda wormhole.

Steve: So it’s nothin’…it’s not really…it’s some some flash word, like a New-Age word for goin’ through a bleedin’ door then?

Mr. S: Why are you askin’ anyway?

Steve: Cos I was thinkin’ I saw it somewhere and I’ve heard about it for a long time and a port’ole is a toilet right? Like a portable toilet?

Mr S: Mmm, (Laughs quietly). (Spacey accent) You’re talkin’ about a portal into another dimension, it that what you’re…?

Steve: Yeah, into another toilet. Yeah that’s it, a portal into another dimension. Do you ever see Dr. Who? When he used to go into that box and, they should have one for one of them portable toilets. That’d be the new Dr. Who instead of that police phone box that they used to use. In one of them you know – outside building sites? Like a portable toilet? That’s where I’d want my porthole, yeeeeah.

DR WHO disappears into a space-time continum portal.

Steve: And we’re waiting for our guest today, I’m sure he’ll arrive…

Mr. S: He’s about to come through the portal.

Steve: Oh is he outside?

Mr S: Yes.

Steve: Rat Scabies is comin’ through the porthole? Lets play a few songs and by the time they’re finished Mr. Scabies will be here in the hole of many ports, take it away Mr. Shovel.

After a short set….

Steve: …And in the studio we have Mr. Rat Scabies! Hello Rat!

RS: Hi how are you doin’?

Steve: Jolly good. You’re real name is Chris Millar, right?

RS: It is.

Steve: Do you like to be called Chris or…

RS: At my time of life really it’s about if the other person can ‘andle it. Cos not everybodys happy calling me “Rat.” (indecipherable) Most people do but it’s whatever you’re comfortable with.

Steve: I only know you as Rat.

RS: Yeah.

Steve: Chris Millar sounds almost like, “normal.”

RS: Well the thing is you see, when I first started getting called, “Rat” it was easy to imagine that it wouldn’t really last more than a few weeks and then I thought, “Then I’ll take up me proper musical career,” you know.

Steve: Right. So did someone else give you that name?

RS: Yeah it was ummm, I dunno who it was whether it was Mick or Tony cos it was that whole London SS. thing I don’t know if you remember that?

Steve: Yeah Mick Jones used to come down with us and he had his long hair and the spandex. (Check www.myspace/sexjones in Steve’s pics for a picture of the early Clash).

RS: He used to look like Mott the Hoople.

Steve: Johnny Thunders he looked like from the Dolls, kind of like that.

RS: Yeah.

Steve: Yeah Mott the Hoople.

RS: Kind of long hair and leather trousers and scarves and all that.

Steve: Yeah.

RS: And him and Tony well they were the same weren’t they really, they both had the same look going and they had this well they were tryin’ to put a band together I suppose which was the London SS. And they had, Brian Jones was playin’ the guitar and I had scabies at the time, I was…

Steve: You had scabies?

RS: Yeah. Which is a small cuddly affectionate mite that lives underneath the skin which you can’t see.

Steve: Do you know how you got it?

RS: Er shakin hands with someone - particularly - you know. (Sounds like a very heavy infestation).

Steve: Really?

RS: It’s not an STD (Sexually transmitted disease) or anything like that no it’s just…

Steve: So you had no idea where you got it from?

RS: It suddenly hit and that was it. And I was itchin’ and it had all turned septic cos I couldn’t get rid of it and I kept scratchin’ and they:

“What’s wrong with you?”


“I’ve got scabies.”

RS: And I think it was a rather spiteful Tony who said that he thought I looked like a rat while I was playin’ so the moniker got thrown on me there and then really.

Steve: Well then…then you did milk that look. The “Rat” look.

RS: Well yeah, I did my best to be as rodent-like as possible really, I you know (makes smacking sound with lips and teeth imitating a rat).

Steve: (Laughs). Excellent. Oh it’s the same with Rotten. Johnny Rotten got his name because I said his teeth was all bad, they were like “Rotten…”

RS: Yeah…

Steve: And that kind of stuff. It wasn’t no big, you know, let’s sit down and think of names for ourselves…

RS: It’s a London thing really cos you know rememberin’ long names like Lee and Luke is a bit much, innit? Same with Johnny.

Steve: Right. Pete…

RS: Yeah so you know . It’s easier to…it’s an easier way to identify people. Plus it was the dole (Unemployment Benefit) an’ all you know like, cos if you was “Rat Scabies” you weren’t Chris Millar. So you could go and sign-on and still get yer Giro. (Benefit for claimants was paid through the Post Office Girobank cheques system then, cashed at a designated Post Office. Signing on meant signing a piece of paper stating that you had been, “unemployed…and able to do any work but unable to get any,” or something.)

Steve: Excellent, so that song we just played, “Morning bird,” that kind of disco-ey. It says on here, “The Damned,” but you never remember – do you find anything…

RS: That definitely isn’t me.

Steve: ‘Old on. Yeak OK. I’m readin’ the paperwork, it’s off of "Velvet Tin mine" CD. A best of which has got a lot of Glam stuff on it so I’m just readin’’ere a bit about. It says The Damned. (Steve reads off the sleeve notes)…” The mysterious Damned were likely to be one of Mikey Dallion’s? session men…confessions. As the single was released on Young Blood label, its naggin’ riff was half-inched – that means its pinched – from Geordies, “All because of You.” But “Morning Bird” has a Chicory Tip-like appeal. Well they still don’t say…is it the Damned here do you know? That’s weird. I think there’s a lawsuit there mate.

RS: I think there is.

Steve: All 10 copies that were sold, I think you might…

RS: …Reach for my lawyer and go for me 25 cents.

Steve: Yeah I think you might get it. I think you got a strong case there. Usin’ the Damned name and it ain’t even the Damned. So what’s goin’ on wi you, do you er…do you talk to the lads or is that turmoil?

RS: Er. No I did a bit of playin’ wi Bryan the other day.

Steve: Bryan James?

RS: Yeah.

Steve: That was one of the big questions, whatever happened to Brian James?

RS: He’s livin’ down in Brighton, sorta quite ‘appily…

Steve: He’s not broke?

RS: I wouldn’t say he was well-off. But he’s down there in East…There’s a bit of a scene down there with a studio and he does some production and a bit of playin’ ‘ere and there.

Steve: In Brighton?

RS: Yeah…

Steve: A lot of people have moved down there.

RS: Well it’s near to London innit, it’s like…the nearest sea point…

Steve: It’s an hour innit on the M1. (Motorway or Freeway, Autostrada, Autobahn etc)

RS: Yeah not even that, down the A23, you’re there.

Steve: A23 on the…

RS: Train to Victoria. (Victoria rail station in London)

Steve: On a Bonneville. (Triumph Bonneville motorcycle) ‘Undred miles an hour…

Image of a '71 Bonny swiped from www.vintagebike.co.uk

RS: Yeah.

Steve: Er..is he er? What kind of stuff you playin’ like ‘ard rock or…

RS: It’s a new project… I’ve just been asked to do it, somebody just wanted to try their arm (Have a go) at singing really and wanted someone who could play a loud guitar and that, so we got…I got Brian to do it and then we got someone else you might know…Do you remember the Heavy Metal Kids? Ronny Tomas, the bass player from them. He’s livin’ down in Brighton as well so I thought we’d make a day of it by the sea-side and put down a bit of a track.

The Heavy Metal Kids.

Steve: Take yer buckets and spades.

RS: Yeah exactly.

Steve: I play him all the time, Heavy Metal kids, all the time.

RS: Oh, well they did an album a little while ago didn’t they. You sent me a copy of it.

Steve: No that ain’t the same, no I like the old stuff. I got to say.

RS: Well the first album has got some brilliant stuff on it, like, “We got to go and…”

Steve: Brilliant.

RS: Some classic stuff on it but and then…I dunno, they – it was a bit unfortunate cos I suppose we turned up and they were just decidin’ to go into Prog Rock and opera weren’t it?

Steve: Yeah

RS: Yeah and they made the wrong album at the wrong time but “Kitsch” did have a few good tunes on it as well though even though it was rotten. It had, didn’t it have, “She’s no Angel,” wasn’t that one of the songs on it?

Steve: Well that’s on the first album too.

RS: No, no, no that’s later.

Steve: It is?

RS: Yeah now the very first album they did didn’t have any of the sort of like the “Crisis,” “ “The cops are coming.” That was like the second one I think. But the first one was definitely, it was just like more normal songs and like a lot of Reggae things they had on it.

Steve: Well they had that one kind of Reggae thing…

RS: “Run around eyes.”

Steve: I’m tryin’ to think of a play…the list on that first album. Awww but I play it all the time, don’t I Shovel? Tell ‘im.

Mr. S. Yeah.

RS: Well I believe yer, I don’t have no reason to…

Steve: It’s really hard to get hold of, not many people know about it.

RS: It’s not on CD.

Steve: I know this person. I knew made it all fancy to look like it was a proper CD, got the Art work and everything…

RS: Oh right.

Steve: Yeah but on that one they just knocked out, they put a lot of it on there too.

RS: Er yeah, I suppose…why not.

Steve: But they were a great band. I used to see them down the er..Grey…um…

RS: Well they used to play everywhere, didn’t they the Marquee and the Grey’ound.

Steve: No er, place in Fulham though, the Grey’ound.

RS: The Grey’ound, yeah they was always on there. I used to love ‘em, I thought they were great cos at the time you know, that pubrock thing was…there was quite a lot of energy and aggression in it, like the Feelgoods, Lee Brilleaux was sort of quite frightening when he’d be singin’ an that.

Steve: He was great to watch, yeah.

RS: Yeah they were really good and the Heavy Metal Kids were entertainment and they were sort of…in a way he was a bit rebellious when he’d do all that sort of biker thing with the chain and some of the little stories and that.

Steve: Right. Theatrical weren’t it?

RS: It was! And then I think really when we turned up they were sort of a bit of an influence. It was what we wanted to do. But really we were the real thing rather than sort of pretendin’

Steve: Well they were playin’ they were actin’ it, yeah.

RS: They were pretendin’ to be the part and we were sort of there goin, “Oooh, I can do that.”

Steve: But it was still good though, I’d still rather watch them than…watch some blokes wearin’ cardigans,. Know what I mean?

RS: I think yeah absolutely.

Steve: Excellent, we’re gonna visit the Duke. We’re here with Rat Scabies or if you like, Chris Millar and (Sound of cell phone going off). I think I have a football result, one second please. Yes it’s 2 nil. Chelsea are beatin’ West Bromwich Albion. We’re gonna visit the Duke. Thanks for listenin’

A sound sample that sounded as if it came from a Carry on film played? Charles Hawtrey and Terry Scott could be heard. They return after an advertising break.

Steve: You’re listenin’ to Jonesy’s Jukebox on Indie 103.1 with my guest, Chris Millar.

RS: Cooeee.

Steve: Hello Chris.

RS: Ay.

Steve: AKA. Johnny Rotten.

RS: You wanker Jonesy. (Both laugh).

Steve: Rat Scabies. Hello Rat.

RS: Ay.

Steve: What was I going to say, um…you got a book out?

RS: I ‘ave.

Steve: What’s it about then?

RS: It’s about um, well it’s about me followin’ up this story of a priest who was…

Steve: A priest?

RS: A priest well he had nothing, found some hidden coded parchments, went and got ‘em decoded and then went back to the village (Rennes-le-Château)and was like a multi-millionaire. And decorated the church and bought most of the village that it was in. And like fixed the whole place up and just like had more money than you could shake a stick at and did like over the doorway of the church he decorated it really weird. And so over the doorway it says like, “this place is terrible.” And he goes through a door and there’s like a big statue of a devil there. The whole thing is like (Steve’s cell phone bleeps) this priest had millions and millions. And nobody knew where he’d got it stashed or where it was comin’ from. All of the inside of the church is decorated with clues as to where the gold was hidden that he was gettin’ and usin’for this like treatin’ the village and buildin’ roads and water towers and. It’s just the story was really brilliant and in the end the priest got excommunicated by his bishop and then got re-instated by Rome. So there’s this whole sort of story and background that you know…It’s like secret societies, freemasons, The Holy Grail. It all kind of stems from this one small village in France where this priest was so. I’ve always been involved in it cos of me Dad - he’s a big sort of authority on the subject so I’ve sort of grown up with it. So a few years ago I just, a couple of years back I started gettin’ a mate of mine who lived over the road sort of drawn into the story a bit and then we just started goin’ down there an’ lookin’ in old churches and castles for…

Steve: It’s a real story?

RS: Oh yeah it’s all true. So he wrote it all up and turned it into a book about the sort of the adventures that we had, lookin’ for the loot really.

Rat's book

Steve: Oh so you went lookin’ for it?

RS: Well as much as we could yeah…

Steve: Did you find anythin’?

RS: Nuffink.

Steve: Nuffink?

RS: Nuffink, not a sausage.

Steve: Not even a coin.

RS: Well we did find a lot of other things though like um…it’s a bit like lookin’ is more fun than findin’. Like goin’ down into secret tunnels and rooms in the churches.

Steve: Catacombs?

RS: Well yeah that the priest hid. It’s like there’s this one part you go into the church and you open the cupboard door and then you pull the back of the cupboard out and then you’re in this like room.

Steve: So it’s all dodgy like little…?

RS: Oh absolutely, yeah so there’s all sorts of things goin’ on and then you…

Steve: Any young boys buried anywhere with their bums sore or anything like that…?

RS: Well. Almost certainly at some point but it’s…

Steve: Guarantee, yeah? (Both laugh).

RS: “I feel an annointin’ comin’ on.”

Steve: Excellent. Well how can we get ‘old of this book then?

RS: It’s out everywhere now. I think it’s over here. It’s called um…

Steve: What company?

RS: “Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail.” I think it’s on Thundermouth Press. (Thunders mouth)

Steve: “Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail.” (Laughs).

RS: That’s the one!

Steve: And it’s on what company?

RS: I think it’s Thundermouth Press in America.

Steve: Thundermouth Press and you can get it anywhere?

RS: On Amazon…all the…have got it and all the, I guess the bookstores have got it. I haven’t been lookin’ for it though, I’m on ‘oliday so.

Steve: I’m gonna look for it, is there any pictures in it?

RS: None.

Steve: No pictures! Forget it then!

RS: There’s a sketchy map at the beginnin’.

Steve: Forget it! I need pictures!

RS: But there’s quite big print! It’s not ‘ard…

Steve: So you can run yer finger along it when yer readin’ it…

RS: Yeah it’s not dauntin’ to read you know it’s…simple.

Steve: Is there a hardback?

RS: Errr, no they didn’t do one of them, they just did a big paperback instead.

Steve: What does that mean?

RS: Well it’s not a hardback.

Steve: But what does that mean? I’m not sure.

Click! pic for bigge

RS: Well…you know what a ‘ardback is don’t ya?

Steve: A book has paper and on the outside there’s two other bits that hold it all together. (The earliest books as we would recognize them had wooden covers. In bookselling terms front covers to hard back books are referred to as, “boards.”)

RS: The cover! The cover! That’s the one! That’s the one!

Steve: Right.

RS: That’s the back as we’re talkin’ at the moment and if it’s an ‘ard back, it’s ‘ard. (Thumps Studio desk loudly, general laughter from Rat, Steve and Mark Sovel).

Steve: So paperback is just, like, no, no hard bits?

RS: Yeah well it’s flexible paper, it’s usually slightly thicker, than the insides…Is he alright down here? (Mr. Shovel has lost control and is presumably laughing on his knees on the floor).

Steve: Havin’ a baby over ‘ere, Shovel, look! (Authoritative British Naval Officer type accent) Shovel come on, get up! Man the station Shovel! Ah well, I’m kind of clear, little bit.

Click! pic for bigge!

MS: Not a lot of reading’ goin’ on.

Steve: I’m gonna get ‘old of that. I wish you’d have put some pictures of the church or something in it.

RS: Yeah well there’s quite a lot like that out there already, so…yeah. But we really… it was ‘ard enough with a pen, let alone avin’a camera an’ all. (also)

Steve: I guess you didn’t do a lot of the writin’ down, your mate did?

RS: No! Well….yeah…you’re right, I didn’t write anythink. (More giggling in studio).

Steve: Have you ever thought of doin – why is that funny? Have you ever thought about doin’ a, autobiography?

RS: Yeah, I thought about it, then I realised I haven’t really done anything!

More laughter.

Steve: Well you did this mate! It was one of the best so called- punk songs ever, "New Rose." Can you tell us a little bit about that, when you did it. You did it with Nick Lowe, right?

RS: Yeah, um in um a little Pathway studio down in Islington, eight tracks. Dunno well we went and did it in a day really.

Steve: Had you ever been in a studio before that?

RS: Never.

Steve: Never been in the studio?

RS: Never.

Steve: You went in there…he said, “set yer gear up over there…”

RS: Yep.

Steve: And how many takes was it, do you remember?

RS: No…I…um I think it was probably more than two.

Steve: Yeah.

RS: I would say. We were done in an hour though. It wasn’t like a lot of…

Steve: You done the track in an hour?

RS: Yeah.

Steve: There’s a couple of overdubs on it.

RS: Yeah I think Bryan put another guitar and then they messed about with the singin’ for a bit, cos they do, don’t they? But I was done really, I was down the pub by the time it was…you know…

Steve: What did you think of it when you heard it finished?

RS: I thought it sounded brilliant! It was really like…

Steve: It’s great though.

RS: It was loud…I just sort of went in and I thought, “studios are brilliant cos everything just sounds fantastic!” Then it was like, there was like a proper rush cos I’d never really heard music at high volume through a good system…

Steve: Right.

RS: …Cos like everything at home was Dansettes and that… so (“Dansette,” A close and play type mono reproduction record player) and that so to suddenly be with big speakers and it was loud and ‘earing all these cymbals and it was, yeah it was on and…

Steve: Well it’s a great drum track, the whole track is great, one of my favourites…

RS: Yeah our band was, I think the thing with the Damned was that everybody was convinced they were the best one in the group. It was sort of like having four winners all at the same time and everybody is, you know and…So I think there was always a lot of energy put into individual performances cos like the Captain on this, his bass playing is like brilliant!

Steve: Yeah he’s a much better bass player than he is a guitar player.

RS: I have to say, I agree and I know there’s some people that wont go along with that…

Steve: Well they’re fools and imbeciles and jackanapes and don’t know nothing.

RS: Pass me another glass of claret.

Steve: Well let’s hear it anyway. New Rose. We’re here with Chris Millar, the drummer in the Damned and this is New Rose. Take it away….


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To be continued….probly…

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