No Strings Attached — Andy Weatherall

HWS welcome Justin and Steve from No Strings Attached with a tribute to Andy Weatherall.

ANDREW WEATHERALL
1963 – 2020

A year on since the passing of our dear friend, here’s a few words…

After many years owning many of his productions on vinyl, copies of mixtapes and travelling to hear him at various clubs up and down the country we finally got to meet Andrew in May 2000 as he agreed to play NSA’s 5th Birthday Party in our home town of Galashiels.

No matter the destination there is always an excitement when Andrew is in town so you can imagine the nervous energy between us when we were sitting waiting on the 9:30 flight from Heathrow to touch down at Edinburgh Airport.
Let’s just say thank fuck he was flying that night as train stations charge to use toilets and given how frequent our visits were we could have probably bankrupted a small country between us.

Andrew was last off the plane which only added to our stress levels as we thought he was a no show but he finally arrived, greeting us with a quick “Hello Chaps. Nice to meet you” and we were on the road with the laughs starting from the offset mainly fuelled by his non stop highly amusing anecdotes, which we both really miss.

The hospitality on that first night amounted to a takeaway from our local Chinese, and although we thought we had screwed any chances of a return date nobody does Chicken Peking quite like The Happy House, and so a relationship was formed that allowed us to work together on many occasions over the next two decades.

Unfortunately, during this time we never quite got our act together to record his visits to NSA as we were always racing around putting together the final touches for the party but they were all very memorable in one way or another. That said, we think there is an old recording from The Venue and an unheard ALFOS from The Mash House kicking about somewhere and we do have one other mix we are very grateful for. Back in 2015 we asked him to contribute to our soundcloud guest mix series and once recorded he phoned to say it was ready and he was really pleased with the way it turned out. So raise a glass today to a great man and have a listen as it truly is a special one.

Like Billy Connolly said, you can never remember a comedians jokes when you leave the show despite laughing all night and it was like that with Andrew’s stories so here is a wee tale about us wanting to join him and Sean for their gig at Trouw in Amsterdam.

We had an eye on this upcoming night for a while but had written off our chances of going due to lack of funds following a gig that never worked out for us numbers wise, but with 2 weeks to go we were on the phone to each other and after talking about trying to win the money on a horse we scrambled about £40 between us and decided to go for it.

It was a miserable midweek evening and when making the drive to a betting shop in a neighbouring town we said we have to pick something that relates to Weatherall. Just by chance there was a race meeting at Windsor (the town Andrew grew up in), so the initial signs were already positive. Now let’s try and find a horse relating to music. Scanning the race card, we discovered a horse by the name of ’Starlight Symphony’. The trainer also went by the name of a Mr. Johnson (close enough to Johnston in a situation like this) This was it…

The horse won at 16/1. We were heading to Trouw for the ALFOS party with the added bonus of Ivan Smagghe also playing in the main room.

The next morning, we messaged Andrew to tell him what happened.. as soon as it was sent, the phone rings and he’s like “YES!!! That’s fucking amazing!!.. crying with laughter, he couldn’t believe the coincidence. “Ok call me when you arrive and we’ll meet you at the club”. Unknown to us the owners of Trouw had heard about the story via Andrews agent so when we arrived we were greeted by them at the door to the club and kindly given large handfuls of bar tokens.

What followed was one of the funniest 24 hours in Amsterdam and one of the best club nights either of us had ever experienced.

So from encounters in castles, clubs, bars, hotels and car journeys we can only look back on the last twenty years with really fond memories of all the fun filled times.

Although we are deeply saddened he can no longer be a part of it, as without his encouragement and connection we are under no illusion that NSA would never have lasted as long as it has or given us the opportunity to meet so many amazing people.

So here’s to you Dear Boy and in your own words “It’s more than just a disco”.

Friday Ins and Outs on a miserable Lockdown February

IN:

Telling people ‘they ain’t seen nothing yet!’

Asking the Barman for a drink that all the young yins drink these days!

People who pil-fridge from M&S Food shop and give it to the homeless.

Justifying necking a whole box of Go Ahead Bars!

Serenity

Aldo’s Hot Dogs.

Any record by Harry Lauder!

A flag on behalf of good lads!

Boys Own

Asking ‘s’appenin?’ on a Conference Call.

Saying ‘Cheers now’ after a Conference Call. 

Liam Gallagher getting the Rebs on!

Testing all the aftershaves in Debenhams.

Professor Yaffle from Bagpuss

Smoking out racists on social media.

Diet Irn Bru.

Zipping up yer Boots!

Big Boots Big Toots!

Cold Water Exposure

Bowie – Starman full blast on iTunes.

Eighty Nine sweater from Social Recluse!

OUT:

Getting texts telling you you’ve won a Diet Coke if you … sign up to …’

Getting a leaflet through the door every two days for Dominos Pizza!

Anxiety stigma ‘why don’t you just set yourself a 30 minutes worry period a day’

Black Mutt provoking horizontal sleet/snow/Covid February.

Nippy Sweetie Yadda Yadda types.

Smuggy Klansmen.

Morelos — ninja assassin.

Not getting 30 mins cardio a day.

The Voice… f*ckin cringefest!

Islamophobia.

That dilly dilly Budweiser advert!

People slurping yogurt on the train, scooping with the silver lid.

Sevconian Moon Howlers.

A student cafe in Manchester called ‘Nom Nom’

5p a bag!

Getting asked if you want a bag!

£75 average for Adidas OG’s.

Crinkled Beetroot

Modern day soccer tourist clubs.

Media pet names for SEVCO types ‘Boydy’

‘So a turned around and said’ quote. Back-to-back conversations.

That’s that for this week. Keep on keeping on.

Sound of the Crowd (CSG No1)

 

Get around town, get around town
Where the people look good, where the music is loud
Get around town, no need to stand proud
Add your voice to the sound of the crowd.

Celtic Glasgows Miles Better

Going with our subculture theme and ’80s terrace vibe, Scottish casual lassies came together through that very scene.  Unlike the mod, punk, rocker ladies, the casual girl didn’t get as much exposure but they were certainly there as much as the other scenes.

Choo choo went for the “talent”; Katie for a fight with the nearest current bun.  Diane and I were a mixture of both, but ultimately we all served the same purpose within the CSC to be one of the boys.  Being accepted by a group of boys (we were all teenagers) was no mean feat.  Being ever present at home and away matches from season 1985/86 and our love of Glasgow Celtic sealed the deal.  

Some of the lads disliked girls at the football, some admired us but the majority want to kiss us, which would happen on occasion if were the “winch them” to fool the polis, or disguise the fact that they were steaming.

Diane used to go out with Tonto, he lived with his mum in Pollokshaws and we would play the Beastie Boys “You gotta fight, for your right, to PPAARRTTYY”.

Other than dressing like the boys (but with a female edge – see flares and cartoon duffel coats).  Our pastel Gazelle trainers we would swap one shoe with each other for a laugh, this happened mainly in the Main Stand at Celtic Park once we’d fooled the St John’s ambulance from taking us from the Jungle to get treatment for a “sprained ankle”, aye right we came from the Stand.  Us girls were useful to keep the edgy and give our mob the heads up from other mobs approaching.

This was most effective as Celtic were, renowned for owning the town at that point.  Our gang hut being the Queen Street phone boxes were the huns and us would call each other from.  No mobiles back then we were just street smart.  

Choo choo (as she was known for talking 100 miles per hour) was a livewire always joking around.  Katie on the other hand could take on the blokes as much as the next guy and she did.  We had varied styles Choo choo opting for Benetton and Katie the leather/suede tunic.  Diane and I would co-ordinate with Next cagoules and Fiorucci/Mexx tops, mostly purchased at the same time on a Saturday afternoon but in different colours that we would share.  We often got the catalogues, Matinique being my favourite and put the posters on our wall.

As the seasons we went past, we were treating more like their sisters, often helping with relationship advice, or on some unfortunate occasions taking them to the Royal Infirmary.

My most memorable game has to be Rangers vs Celtic new year’s day 1986 mainly because me and Diane hid in her bed and listen to on the radio, avoiding her Dad who was annoyed with us as we were promoting nightclubs underage (Mardi Gras/Warehouse).  We won 2-0 that day.

The best dash being after Celtic won the league at Love Street in 1986 and stole it off Hearts and we ran Rangers all over town after we got back from Love Street, no LSD that day ……

The ICF didn’t know what hit them and it was the talk of the Queen Street phone boxes for months.

Celtic did embrace girls from other mobs (not the huns though). Nikki came along with (Rusty top boy and boyfriend).  Our first meeting was in 1986 standing outside the Country Corner.  Me with the blonde boys wedge haircut with the her best friend Diane. Rusty introduced us. 

The Country Corner

I think it was 1985?.  They were both at the Hearts vs. Celtic game Tynecastle on a Wednesday night, all stood under stood by the pylon floodlights (at the height of the AIDS scare); Nikki and Rusty were together as always (inseparable).  At that point Hearts were determined to give her a hard time over the fence as Nikki defected!  Nikki still Hearts loyal, caused massive problems back in the day.  CSG gave it back but it got too much and us girls walked away.  We did had the first of many CSG girl group hugs over the years, such is the bond with the casual girls.

One school night me Nikki, Diane and Co. Edinburgh again. This time against Hibs right proper kick off.  Nikki with her half bar down her duffle coat, that wasn’t required as JOK saved the day. I was running all over the place.

Other mobs had girls too, most notably Sharon and Julie of Rangers who were ruthless in the pursuit of us girls to the point where they would show up on your doorstep.  This happened to me once after school, no violence occurred by I held my ground verbally.

The violence side wasn’t restricted to the boys, we would get stuck in too.  Katie being the instigator I would throw a punch and hide behind her.  Although I did come a cropper once at Motherwell and was rag dolled with the dungaree straps.

Most of all both we are glad we experienced being a lassie casual as it keeps you grounded to this day, best of all we are still good friends to this day.

 

New Years Ins and Outs

Er it is though! New Year, same sh*#e, same shenanigans, Some from Christmas… In & Out’s shake it all about. ICW with David Rosling productions …

IN:

Cold Water Therapy including ice baths outdoors

The idea of pizza vending machines.

Sacking alcohol
Paisley pattern shirt comebacks.
Timberlands at a decent price!
Putting all yer wheelie bins out, instead of checking which one is due!
Sticking anything in the nearest wheelie bin!
Gerry Cinnamon – lyrical genius … Sun Queen
Saying … Cheers now! instead of Happy New Year!
Hibernating till the next Celtic match!
POP 84 sale!
The ‘Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey’ intro to Rasputin – Boney M.

Sorting liberty takers!

 OUT:
Black Mutt January – Black Mutt Covid January
Tory Bar-stewards.
Liberty takers!
Blokes chanting ‘wohohohohohoho’ at Christmas night out, on the dance floor.

Lads doing press-ups, fag in mouth, to impress them ladies.
No enough ladies wearing Gazelle and Burlington socks!

The loss of Weatherall
Hipsters thinking they invented style!
Five paragraphs of yadda yadda yadda
The quote ‘some aren’t homeless, they live in a car!’

Peter Lawwell, Dermot Desmond and Neil Lennon.

That’s it for now. Cheers Now. Eat yer porridge, eat yer greens. Look for peace and not excitement. Get into a Boxing Club. Keep on Keeping on!

Don’t let them fade and die

Nostalgia is one of humanity’s default settings.  It is a way to drown out those inner critical voices and the tedious daily humdrum in modern-day living whilst attempting to get into some middle class box. The loss of personal bohemia causes nostalgia. Paradoxically, although nostalgia can be mentally draining for its practitioners, it is also part of what attracts the next generation of enthusiasts to a locale.

The streets around Celtic Park is where I feel I grew up.  From a very young age, that is where I was on a Saturday — my second home. There is a residence to places and buildings, a definite spirit.  Certain places have always triggered activity and emotions.  Years of vibrations sent into buildings.  That is how I see the streets around that area; which is why I could never accept moving to a new stadium. For me, when I am back at Celtic Park, I feel that homely thing, each street triggering a vivid memory. 

Perhaps coming from out of town made the area and the football more of an escape.  I was always more looking in, rather than looking out. The City of Glasgow was the birthplace of all the bands I was listening to as a kid, it was almost like a parallel universe with that underground mystique.  I liked going there to Celtic, it is a symbol of how things used to be, and still remains.  The bug I caught was as much to do with visiting Parkhead as it was to watch Celtic.

I think about the West Ham scenario where they have had to migrate to this new Olympic Stadium eyesore. The fans were sold a false dream, having to move from Upton Park and having the soul ripped out of them. I am by no means an architect, but I would have thought you could have easily built another 10,000 seats there.

A “great business opportunity” moving to the London stadium? 

Outside the new ground you can find a van selling Domino’s Pizza, but you won’t find a decent bar. You can, however, purchase a beer in a plastic cup and an overpriced hot dog inside the stadium.  All this resembling an American soccer arena. The place is soulless

I have always had a soft spot for West Ham especially in the ’80s when Frank McAvennie played there. Celtic and West Ham were okay with each other.  Their passionate fans, the community club, everyone’s second team. Their support is a mixed bag of cultures and politics but the colours are claret and blue. If there is one set of supporters not compatible with this corporate eyesore, it is West Ham United.

My soft spot for the Hammers has increased in recent times and that is mainly down to compassion for their support.  Their club owners polarize everything wrong with modern day football.  Mirthless — high on solvency, low on personality. I know a lot of old West Ham diehards that won’t go to the new London stadium. Part of their day out was the area they came from as a club: the streets, the pubs, the pie and mash shops, and the community. Then we have this progressive quote: “but we must move on”. But move onto what?

The fans were sold this London Stadium dream but the club has went backwards since leaving Upton Park. A club like West Ham should never lose its identity. For many of the supporters the club is about the fans. To take them from Upton Park to this “soulless bowl” could only happen with conditions. The support were promised next level football to convince this faithful support to move from their spiritual home. The promise was a world class stadium with a world class team.

When you see this new stadium from the outside it might look impressive but as soon as you set foot inside, it confirms to be an Olympic stadium not suited to football. The atmosphere has gone and the connection is going with it. With this, it seems that around 20,000 old school fans have left since the migration, finding it basically impossible to adjust to.

As I type this, West Ham are on a decent run of results and we can only hope this continues, keeping them above the relegation zone. The protests continue against the current board with the impressive “GSB OUT” banners on display outside most empty stadiums during the Covid-19 pandemic. The owners continue with lie after lie and false promises.  They have taken a working class support into an Olympic stadium, where seating is a big distance from the pitch. It is also a significant distance from its spiritual home. 

I have joined Hammers United supporters group.

Don’t let then fade and die.

Friday INs and OUTs

IN:

Getting people to believe Shadrach from Emmerdale was also the Lion in the Wizard of Oz 

Being on first name terms with the guy that delivers yer kebabs. 

Rubbing noses with yer dog and calling him an arsehole.

Weatherall’s tribute in McChuills Bar

Shane Duffy — great man great life

Young Clare from the Rose

Stuffing all yer rubbish in the nearest wheelie bin. 

Reading a copy of the Morning Star on the commuter train

The marvellous  Lou Brown

Holywell Street 

The New clothes label “No Comment”

Harry Lauder — ickle ickle ickleing

Stuffing mash potatoes in your Mums shoes

Tripping up men with man buns

Asking folk if they want a beer or a thick ear

Debating the best chippie in Rosyth and Inverkeithing.

Tennants at the Ladywell 

OC cartoon range

The bloke that drives the Brannigan Crisps lorry 


OUT:

Jim ‘Nic Nic’ Davidson racist twat, funny as toothache

GSB — the West Ham owners

Petit Bourgeois attitude to life

Ran2ers and the Daily Record Morelos sales 

Hipster earlobe piercing 

“having bantz” quote

COVID grass on yer neighbour attitude to life.

Still no football crowds 

Different Rules for the elite

Fellas that would hump the barbers floor

Cancer, depression, anxiety 

COVID Mental Health

Mistaking baldy people for each other.

The sinister emergence of hooligan darts crews.

Twiglets 

Re-runs of Emmerdale

Nigel Fash-lite Farage 

‘Whoop whoop’


That’s awe the hings this week, Keep eating yer greens and switch everything aff at night. Thanks for tuning in. Any complaints speak with Angela and Paul Kealy.

The Icicle

The feeling of an icicle in the chest is how I would describe it.

The icicle likes to go on a negative thought hunt always the places that make us feel bad about ourselves. It will then go on a bad memory hunt – picking out files in our minds from the past. Things that have been and gone, not really significant but it tells you it is — it knows where to go.

The icicle is only a feeling and it needs an outlet, we could just as easily obsess over good things with good thoughts but the icicle doesn’t want to go there.

Anxiety is it’s clinical name, try and think of a positive thought but the icicle’s walls come up higher; this is us in an episode or a prolonged attack.

The icicle then decides to go on  a “what if” hunt, building up scenarios for the future as if the bad event is actually happening right now.

Avoidance

So, you may hear people say “don’t think like that” yeah? Well it’s not you that has the 100mph icicle garbage truck going round the head. This excess adrenaline needs an outlet. If I say don’t think about a pink elephant what do you think you are going think about? The icicle loves avoidance it feeds of it!

If I can change my brain and body, I can change my mind and in turn my life!!

How exercise is very important, even just a nice walk in nature can do you the world of good (there is also a natural probiotic bacteria that is released in nature, that is good for us) and Yoga stretching is great for my Vagus nerve and my Psoas muscle. Both of them are related to the fight and flight response. Exercise gives more time than it takes. I think that exercise is the most powerful antidepressant. And its great for the hypothalamus. The control centre of the brain.

Motion is emotion. It’s about getting the issues out of the tissues.

Breathing techniques can change everything.

The breath is what connects the mind and body.

I’ve found that if I write down all the good I see in my day (thankful and grateful journal) it helps me think and feel more positive, rather than thinking impending doom all the time. Train the mind to notice the good things.

But not to become to obsessed on being happy all the time. Because striving for happiness can be very tiring. The constant pursuit can have the opposite effect. Thinking of massive changes can be overwhelming.

If you can isolate the things that makes you feel worse, then you can also spot the things that make you feel better.

If you are in the mindset of, “I could do better” all the time, this can go against you, by making things unachievable. If you want to make lasting changes, then you need to start small.

The unconscious mind learns by repetition.

One of the problem that has come from positive psychology is that we have distorted our thoughts about normal emotions like, disappointment, anxiety, sadness, depression, anger, bereavement and many more, and we’ve given them label’s and literally shining a light on them. And then we’ve made happiness the be all and end all.

I’ve learned that meditation and mindfulness can help me become more familiar with myself (know thy self), and how to deal with any situation better, by being aware of my response to them and how my emotions can teach me so much about myself.

Both have helped me stay out of the high Beta brain wave, and more in the Alpha. Also how to use my whole brain, rather than the left or right separately. And they too also help the Amygdala to decrease in size.

How playing can be so good for your inner child, who hasn’t a worry in the world. Getting in the zone, the flow, in the now. Escapism.

I’ve learned that I am not all my thoughts, I don’t need to react to them, resemble them, or become them, if I just acknowledge them, be aware of them, and ask myself if they support me or not, then I’m in control of them rather than them in control of me.

Remembering after a panic attack to shake it out, like the animals do in nature, after being chased by a predictor. Dispersing all the unwanted, unhelpful chemicals.

We have always focused on the dangers, the frets, the negative things in life. This has helped us survive in the past. But that way of thinking isn’t helping us anymore, in fact, it is now doing the opposite and harming us. It’s time to start focusing on the helpful things, the things that make us feel good inside, the things that send the right chemicals and hormones to our body’s and brains, to help us heal, grow and live.

The body is a reflection of our thoughts, emotions and our beliefs, more than anything else.

And last but not least, remember, love is our most powerful emotion!

So replace fear with love.

Our brain and body can’t do both emotions simultaneously.

Anxiety can be switched off far more effectively by heart-focused activity rather than head-focused activity.

We must learn to see any illness, mental or physical, as part of our journey and as signposts along the way, rather than something to fight and get rid of. We need to stop being ‘at war’ with our minds and body.

All this has taught me that when it gets hard I need to be in the now, in the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) relaxed state, not in the sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight, freeze) fear. Both these systems cannot work simultaneously.

Anxiety The Clever Beast

 

Peter Hooton Interview

Going along with our terrace, music, threads section.  Holywell Street have been hoping to bring in Peter Hooton from The Farm, for a chat for some time.  We are pleased to say that he has taken time out of his active schedule to pop into HWS Towers to see us.

Peter Hooton was born Liverpool September 1962 in the Everton district of the City.  This city was a massive influence on him and in particular his beloved Liverpool FC.  Famous for his music and sharp witted tongue.  He went on to create a fanzine, entitled The End.  With no journalistic experience, he felt that Liverpool (more so the football fans), needed something witty, warm and intelligent to read at the match. He is very much an activist for the working class.


Thanks for speaking to us mate, how things?

Congratulations on Liverpool winning the league, there was a spell there, you weren’t sure if COVID-19 would halt this happening.

Do you expect a bit of domestic domination going forward for Liverpool.

I hope so – I think we’ve got the players and arguably the best manager in the world, but it depends on a few things – nobody knows how Covid-19 will affect teams but I think if Klopp is at the helm, I am confident we can dominate. City were supposed to be the best team in the history of football, but Liverpool totally blew them away last season. I really hope they get their act together again so they can give us more of a challenge next season.

A few bands tour and play an album in it’s entirety is this something you would consider?

We did it a few years ago with Spartacus – I enjoyed it but would still rather play from our entire back catalogue.  I can see why bands do it, but I prefer the entire catalogue.

From the back catalogue which of the albums optimises The Farm the most?

Pastures Old and New was a selection of Peel and BBC sessions so I suppose that was our sound in the 1980s but as soon as we discovered and used technology Spartacus was our ‘sound’- we were ring to emulate what was happening in London with Big Audio Dynamite and Flowered Up but journalists lumped us in with Madchester which was lazy and inaccurate!

I believe Stan Smith is one of your favourite trainees … what are your top three?

Stan Smith originals
Stan Smith black
Stan Smith blue
Seriously they are my favourite closely followed by Puma States and Adidas Gazelle.

adidas-Stan-Smith-advert-magazine

What are your best three ’80s terraces looks?

That’s a difficult one but the first would be a green Peter Storm Lois jean and a pair of trainees.
Second would be the duffel coat with straights and a pair of suede desert boots
Third would be a tweed jacket polo shirt, jeans and cord shoes.

And of course can you give us your top three influential albums?

Revolver – The Beatles
The Blue Nile – A Walk Across the Rooftops
The Clash – The Clash
but this list changes all the time 

The End Fanzine began in 1981 what did you initially expect from it?

I just wanted to make people laugh and encourage people to write about their lives. Every knob head does it now on social media but in those days, it was quite revolutionary to get the working class to write about their lives. I wanted it to be observations of everyday life – we never had one ‘joke’ in The End, but people found it funny. We were ruthless and attacked every sacred cow and basically anything that moved. I wanted it to be a magazine that people had to take notice of. It was the first magazine to include music and football, but I did not see it as a ‘football’ fanzine even though we were trying to appeal to people who went to Liverpool and Everton matches especially the away games. Hopefully, we encouraged people to write and express themselves – if it was still going today, we would have a field day with the conspiracy theory crew!

c033263f306769024bf5987da164513dIn honour of the End Fanzine can you please give us an IN and an OUT for this week?

IN – Shamrock Rovers v AC Milan

OUT – Piers Corbyn

We were recently made aware that the Cavern Club in Liverpool being under threat due to COVID-19, are you supporting the case to keep it open?

Yeh, believe it or not I Chair the Beatles Legacy Group for Liverpool City Council – it is unthinkable that it would close but they need Government help to get them through this period when they can only open with a reduced capacity. It was 500 but they have been told they can only have 150 in at the moment. I think in fact I am sure people will rally around to help them. 

We were shocked and saddened to at the passing of Andrew Weatherall here. How did you view him and his work?

He was a visionary. When I first heard him DJing I was mesmerised as his tastes were so varied, I loved the way he mixed different genres. In a way he reminded me of John Peel. I did not know at the time, but he had started the Boys Own fanzine in London with Terry Farley and Simon Eckel after reading The End. They loved The End, but I remember Terry Farley telling me it was probably too left wing for Stamford Bridge so obviously with Boys Own they kept to clubbing and fashion. When we went to Ibiza in 1990, he was at the top of his powers but he was never big headed or pretentious. His remix of Soon by My Bloody Valentine was the sound of that summer for me. I was so shocked when he passed away – but his music will never die!

Pre-Covid, have you been up to Scotland for any games in recent times?

Not recently – a few years ago my mates lad was on loan from Everton at Motherwell so went to a couple of games and another mate was the coach at Hibs with Stubbs, so we went to Easter Road a couple of times. The last time I went to Celtic was when Liverpool played there but my claim to fame is, I shook Jock Steins hand when we went on a school trip to Glasgow to play some teams and got a tour of Parkhead with Jock. The next day we went to see Celtic v Aberdeen and the Celtic fans sang a wonderful version of YNWA – a higher pitch to the Kop but I will always remember it.

We went to Balloch after the game in the school minibus as we were staying in a Youth Hostel there. Our priests who were on the strict side were in plain clothes so when we went to a local chippy with them, we thought nothing of it. All sudden a police van screeched to a halt and a load of police pinned everyone against the wall. Our priests tried to explain we had just come from the Celtic match, but the police were not having it they just would not listen. We were all trying to control our laughter as one priest was a ‘authoritarian’, but the police were telling him to shut up. It turns out they were looking for a Glasgow gang in the area – oh how we laughed (we all had Celtic scarves bobble hats on) – the priests never got an apology but, in a way, we were made up they had been powerless!

Do you think Celtic will do 10-in-a-row? 

Yes, who will stop them?

As a vocal Corbyn supporter, what are you views on Keir Starmer?  

No comment until I see my lawyers

Has he got the metal to see it through and get rid of Tories?

Mass confusion appears to be the main weapon of modern politics – everyone should watch Bitter Lake and Hyper normalisation by Adam Curtis to understand how confusion is the weapon of control – how in the year 2020 we can end up with Boris Johnson as the Prime Minister is the perfect example of that. An old Etonian with few if any redeeming qualities was voted in by the so-called Red Wall to their eternal shame – nothing seems to have changed since the Ragged Trouser Philanthropists was written in 1914.

What was your favourite stadia Liverpool won a European Cup in and why?

Must be the Olympic Stadium in Rome when we beat Roma in 1984 in their own ground. I have never heard a noise like it before or since when the teams took to the field. As far as the Romans were concerned, they had already won it – after we beat them on pens it was like an inferno as they burnt all their massive flags. Let’s say they were not happy.

Football was very different, and the match going experience fraught with danger, No alla violenza, how did you become involved in that?

I was not involved in No Alla Violenza I just wore the t-shirts. As far as I know they were not an organisation as such it was a just a t-shirt – during that period the working class just decided fighting at the match was an 80s thing. Dance Culture swept the nation and after years of the authorities under Thatcher trying to clamp down on football violence it was football fans themselves who rejected it in favour of peace and love (and doves)

Would you agree that the “right-wing” tried to high-jack the casual scene of the ’80s?

I think they succeeded – as soon as every small town in England started dressing like the big city teams it was inevitable. But the so-called ‘casual’ scene was never about politics it was about fashion.

What’s your take on the Football Lads and Lasses against Fascism (FLAF)?

Anyone who fights against fascism needs support – I wouldn’t say I know much about them, but they are a good antidote to the DFLA who are an embarrassment.

Favourite “lively away day” and why?

I always liked going to London games – they had a touch of glamour and adventure about them although the tube stations could be scary places. I loved going to Chelsea, Spurs, West Ham and Arsenal back in the 80s until I was kicked unconscious at White Hart Lane. I made the mistake of wanting to stay in London to go to a mates birthday party I had met on holiday, he was a Cockney but into The Clash, so we got on. Fatal mistake, as I had to cut off one of the side streets on the Tottenham High Rd to get back to his car. I unfortunately picked a street that about 50 Spurs were coming down and as soon as they saw me in my cagoule and trainees they pounced. I thought I was getting away jumping over parked cars but then heading towards someone on the pavement who looked like Giant Haystacks. He bounced me into the privots and the last I can remember was the pack of hyenas screaming kill the ‘scarse cant’ – I’m not sure how long I was out for but the lad who woke me up said he was a Millwall fan and he had rescued me. I went in the ambulance to a local hospital and it was like a war zone – when I staggered in everyone laughed – one Spurs wag with a screwdriver sticking out of his thigh shouted ‘fackin hell scarse you been run over by a bus?’ – oh how we laughed! The camaraderie in the hospital was something to behold.  I lost my two front teeth and had a fractured cheekbone, but I did get a grand in compensation, which was a good pay-out. Something happened that day as I could’ve died I suppose – I think I must have got some sort of brain damage as I became indifferent to what other people thought of me so maybe that enabled me to write The End and sing in front of people with The Farm- I certainly wasn’t as self-conscious after the attack.

Bramley Moore Dock, is this a good move for the peoples club, Goodison Park is a great away ground and one of the few left, will you miss going?

I think they should stay and invest in the team and redevelop Goodison. When the Spirit of Shankly were protesting Hicks and Gillett in 2008 to 2010 we argued with them to redevelop Anfield, but they said it was impossible but when the new owners took over in 2010, they did exactly that. I know Evertonians want a new start but I would say be careful what you wish for just look at Arsenal and West Ham – we told the West Ham fans the move would cripple their identity and they still would struggle to get in the top 4 – that move did just that and they have lost their heart & soul and they are still a million miles from the Champions League.

Finally, 2020 has been tough from promotion of live music, what is planned from The Farm?

There is very little chance of us playing again this year. All our festivals and support slots with Madness have been put back until 2021 so hopefully they can happen then. One consequence of the pandemic is All Together Now has become a song for unity in many countries around the world and we can see in our Spotify listeners that we should tour South America when all this is over as Brazil and Argentina can’t get enough of The Farm!

Thanks for popping in Peter and talking with us. Much love. 

My pleasure

 
Thanks to Peter and the Holywell Street team: Angela, Paul, Red Caz for the questions. 

Friday Ins and Outs

 IN:

The Celtic Adidas get-up

Kylie still rocking it

Weatherall’s 11 o’clock drop

Arthur Brownlow ex Crossroads — great man great life

HWS Peter Hooton upcoming interview

Sun Queen

CSC past and present

Cooking with Amanda

King Kebab Inverkeithing

So fuck selfie, attitude to life

The marvellous David Rosling

HWS Towers new office

Saying “er she/he is though” to everyone that walks into yer workplace.

Walking into work shouting “it’s maself”

South Gyle Smile

Ena Sharples legend

Smoking out fash and smoking like a fish

Cameron Diaz coming out of lockdown

Paps guarding statues wearing Castore

Milkshaking Fash at every opportunity

BLM end of!

Hugging yer shrink tightly

Singing: Painter Man — by Boney M in a social distancing beer garden with yer buddies

A Beard Garden, you only get in with a Beard.

OUT:

Alf Stewart from Home & Away

Hipster Man Bun Gin drinkers

Stevie “Mr lets go” Gerrard

Walter (no surname) attending training with “Mr let’s go”

Empty football stadiums

Soul destroying Scottish peak summer storms.

VAR – Football’s swotty tell tale prefect

“Isims”

Jeffrey Epstein’s upcoming plea bargaining

“wowzers” still being said

“Nom Nom”

“I’m going on my hollibobs” not even funny

Union Jack hanging over the balcony roasters on holiday

Nazis calling Nazis Nazis …Nazis

Walking into cobwebs in the morning

Gammon Football lads.

People with a “price o a pint” attitude ae life

Covid-19

Head-mash situations with head-mash people.

Black dug running wild in teens and every f**ker else!

The Sun newspaper.

The Daily Mail newspaper.

Anything by Meat Loaf especially that:  ‘I won’t do that’ lyric

That Simply Red song: “Lovvvve the thought … lovvvve the thought!” lyric

That’s that then!  Love it or leave it, delete it, report it, avoid it or embrace it.  Have a decent weekend.  Switch off everything at night.