n.b. Jeff had this down as a sort-of shouty song with each word more or less coming out as long punctuated staccato of either 1, 2 or 3 word clumps along with a jarring guitar. I can’t remember the punctuation and it’s not included here, but the punctuation was important and added to the shock value and was not where you might think. We experimented a few times but as far as I know there are no recordings. I think we tried it live but I had misgivings anyway in the environment in which we existed.
He has the date as 78 but it was more like 76 I think when we were ~19/20. He said it to me it in his mam’s living room during the time we were into Ege Bamyasi etc and wrote “The Prick”, “Merry Xmas Prince Charles” and stuff like that as well as being part of what was Magnum Innoninandum . (SP)
As mentioned here, the first gig was at the Bridge Hotel next to the Norman Keep after which Newcastle is named – it was called Monkchester prior to this because of all the monks and monasteries.
In a burst of stupid creativity we decided to create a magazine, with no real idea what to do afterwards. We filled it with all sorts of stuff, one of which was a scurrilous depiction of our first gig by Thatcher, the devilish UK prime minister at that time. This is the transcript….
Forward by Magret Thatche (sic)
I first met the members
of the Crawling Chaos early
in 1979, where they were
playing the Bridge Hotel
- I can tell you
that taught me a thing or two.
the guitarist had two
trails of snot bouncing like
yo-yos off the ground
the singer had a Viking
Helmet with two visibly
used Dr White's
should have been
And I'd like to
that Bowie character
gets on my tits
This is a scan from Jeff. He described what happened with the “magazine” later, here.
This comes from an email from Jeff in which he’d scanned some old bits and reminisced about our joint frames of mind back in 1983-5….
Tue 08/04/2008 22:29
Hi Rees, I’ve had a scurry about and found a few more tangible bits of history – the majority (the stuff with the scribbled text and lyrics) are the remnants of a Crawling Chaos A4 fanzine that we colour-photocopied and sent out as a freebie to certain selected correspondents, here presented in the order of discovery. There are also a few posters, reviews and a newspaper article. Also included is a promo photo of Thee Earnest Kakas at the height of their powers. The line up from L to R is: Holly, Vex Drongo, Gordon Douglas Smith and Yeti (my name may have changed but not the hat obviously) This was another of many parallel projects running alongside CC, this one was more focused on surreal comedy than our “normal” output. I’ve included a picture of Bebside Hall as it was about 4 years ago. I don’t think I’ve got anything else – I’ll look though. (….) Looking at the fanzine again after scanning, I can now see that Holly’s “Holiday” series of cartoons was intended to end with Backworth and the “Explanation” of the Contents page should be at the front. If there ever was a cover it’s not there now. I like the style though and I think the document gives an accurate reflection of our frames of mind at the time, which judging by the lyrics included must have been after the release of C and before the recording of Waqqaz. Well I think that’s enough for now.
I’ve finally got round to uploading this stuff (sp)