A very Happy New Year to you all!
The break was nice but we begin this year with the loss of phenomenon, bass playing vocalist from Motorhead, Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister who sadly died on the 28th December, 4 days after his 70th birthday.
I mentioned Lemmy’s death to my mother as I know that she knew & liked him. She told me that he had come into the Kings Road shop often & that he was always trying to get her to take some sort of pill (he must have ‘fancied’ her). Once he had gone so far as to get one in her mouth which he tried to make her swallow but she spat it out.
At the time Lemmy & his bandmates had no money & they squatted & worked around Worlds End & Battersea (where they met guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke who joined the band in 76). They rehearsed whenever they could under a furniture shop in nearby Lots Rd.
However suddenly (& finally) in September 1978 they hit success with the release of their single ‘Louie, Louie’ & then hit the big time on March 4th 79 with the release of their album ‘Overkill’ which reached No 43 in the UK charts.
In looking for a memorial pic I found a photo on the net of him with Sid Vicious & Nancy Spungen (credit: Kerstin Rodgers) which must have been taken in 1977/78 (Nancy died 12th Oct 78, Sid 4 months later).
Lemmy had always said that Motorhead’s music was Rock & Roll & that they identified more with Punk than with Metal.
True pioneers, Lemmy’s technique of playing bass was more akin to playing guitar with heavy use of chords & Phil Taylor the drummer learnt to play two bass drums in a wall of pulsating sound (his drumming practicing inspired the track ‘Overkill’). They were the loudest band at the time, Lemmy’s voice fitted perfectly, sounding like a cement mixer in tune & his stance at the microphone was heroic like he was flying through a storm.
Stylish & Lovely, RIP Lemmy & thank you So much.
So, Tuesday the 24th November at 12 o’clock I meet Glen inside the Worlds End Shop. It’s a lot quieter inside after my other interviews in the street. He tells me the news that the Turkish have just shot down a Russian Bomber over Syria…What a mess…
The particular reason I wanted to interview Glen was because he had worked in the shop for two years starting in 1974 when the shop was transitioning from ‘Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die’ to ‘SEX’ (Glen helped make the pink PVC shop sign) & I wanted to ask him about this pivotal time.
I was sure I’d seen an early photo of Glen in the shop but I seem to have been mistaken.
Of course Glen is better known as the bass player in the early Sex Pistols & is credited with co-writing all but two of the tracks on the album ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’.
So another great privilege for us, Glen Matlock, 19 minutes…Let it roll!
Oh yes & by the way…A Happy Xmas to you All…Peace on Earth & Good Will to All Men …& Women ( & hopefully there will be a bit more of it in 2016 )
This last Tuesday it was really great to finally meet again with Mr Holly Johnson to do a new video interview outside Worlds End Shop, the previous of these having been with Mr Adam Ant. As usual the traffic was noisy but Mr Johnson comes through loud & clear.
Due to a broken down bus being right outside the shop I could not shoot from my usual place across the street so we tried to improvise by going round the corner a bit. However this was not ideal, so we moved again & actually used the broken bus to shelter ourselves a bit from the road. A lot better.
Holly knew of the shop when it was called ‘Seditionaries’…….but I’ll let him do the talking.
16 minutes. Let it roll….