...after I was given piano lessons
at six years old from scary Mr Jackson who made me cry most
My parents both played guitar and piano and
me and my sister both remember coming downstairs in the middle
of the night to find the front room full of people and some
kind of recital going on.
They also sang in amateur opera companies and I was a poor
urchin in their week long run of The Masked Ball until I had
an allergic reaction to the grease paint, my face swelled
up like a melon and I was kept home from school.
Then when I was 14 someone said to me "can you play the
guitar?" and after I'd lied and said "yes"
I was sent off with a copy of Rhythm and Blues for Electric
The first proper musician I met was my sister's old boyfriend
Pete Boam who was into Mike Oldfield and Genesis. He was very
short with extremely long hair, never wore shoes and tried
to kill himself all the time. He's probably succeeded by now
but he was a right pain in the arse and so at 17 I joined
a punk band called Poison Girls.
They were much older than me, in their thirties and forties,
and it was the first time I'd seen food like chick peas or
lentils or even marijuana and I'd go home on the tube with
chronic stomach ache convinced they'd poisoned me
Poison Girls were quite big at the time and we toured all
over Europe in a worn out old ambulance that couldn't go over
So I trogged along through the years doing some good music,
some rubbish music and doing stupid jobs like working at Anthony
Green's Garden Products where I had to assemble doggy loos
or press the personalised names onto doggy cushions or print
"shalom" or " bugger off" onto personalised
I had my brakes along the way and by 1998 I was usually always
on about 3 of the top ten albums at any one time, but my face
didn't really fit on that scene and I was always much more
into the original bands that I was in which is where I met
Andy who was booked to do a session with us after our full
time drummer left.
Me and Andy worked together quite a lot after that as a rhythm
section calling ourselves "The Bargain Brothers"
and putting down the maddest bass and drum takes on peoples
tracks and they'd look both shocked and confused but would
ring us up 2 years later saying they never got the songs to
Meeting Mark Pritchard was a turning point for me and I'm
pleased to say I've been on a number of his tracks for about
the last three years and everytime I play for him I learn
I've been in The Bays about 18 months now and It just gets
more intense and much more fun.