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Norman Watt-Roy

Bass Guitar

Norman
Born in Bombay, India on 15th February 1951

When Norman was a four year old his family moved to England and settled in Highbury, North London and at eight years of age relocated to Essex where he remained until he left school and moved back to London.

In 1967 he formed ‘The Living Daylights’ with his brother Garth and released a single on the Philips label called ‘Lets Live For Today’ and did regular gigs in venues such as The Angel Blues Rooms in Edmonton, London. In 1968 Norman and Garth formed a nine piece soul band and toured U.S. bases in Germany backing American soul singers such as Sonny Burke and played a summer residency at the Maddocks Club in Spain. By this time the band were known as ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’ and by 1969 had procured a recording deal with Harvest Records leading to the release in February 1970 of a single ‘Real Cool World’ which was a hit in Europe and reached No.1 in Switzerland. A debut album was to follow entitled ‘Horizons’ and by 1971 they had put out another single ‘Tell The Story’ and a second album ‘The Goings Easy’.

72 / 73 Norman joined Glencoe and met guitarist John Turnbull. This funky quartet released two albums ‘Glencoe’ and ‘The Spirit of Glencoe’ along with three singles and four recorded John Peel radio sessions before breaking up, and in 1974 got together with keyboardist Mick Gallagher to form the nucleus of a band which ,with the addition of drummer Charlie Charles, was to be called ‘Loving Awareness’ (managed by Radio Caroline guru Ronan O’ Reilly) .It was while doing a session with Charlie for a friend in 1976 that they met Chaz Jankel and Ian Dury and went on to play on the album ‘New Boots and Panties’.

The ‘Loving Awareness’ quartet were later to join up with Chaz and Ian for the first Stiff Tour of U.K. and became known as ‘Ian Dury and The Blockheads’ releasing two more albums on Stiff and a bevy of singles, achieving No1 status in the U.K. in 1979 with ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ (featuring a dazzling bass line by Norman which can be heard jammed in music shops around the world by aspiring bassists everywhere).It was when Chaz Jankel was replaced for a time in 1980 by Wilko Johnson that a rapport between Norman and Wilko resulted in Norman becoming a regular member of Wilkos’ own band by 1985.

During the 1970’s and 1980’s Norman did session work, appearing on albums such as Nick Lowe’s ‘Jesus of Cool’, Rachel Sweet’s ‘Fool Around’ and Jona Lewie’s ‘No.1 single ‘You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties’. He also made an appearance on Selectors 1981 album ‘Celebrate the Bullet’ and played on The Clash ‘Sandanista’ album along with fellow Blockhead Mick Gallagher on keyboards. Norman also put his bass on their ‘Cut The Crap’ recordings.

In 1983 he provided the original bass line for the ‘Frankie Goes To Hollywood’ single ‘Relax’ and in 1984 teammed up with Mickey again for Eric Goulden(Wreckless Eric)s’ ‘Captains Of Industry’ album.

In 2001 Norman completed sessions with members of ‘Madness’ (with whom he sporadically joined for live work at the time) and the ex producer of Depeche Mode who had recorded him jamming with drummer Steve Monti with plans to sample the results. Since then he has been busy working with Nick Cave on Nick’s solo shows (without the Bad Seeds) and continuing to be Wilko Johnson’s secret weapon. Which brings us up to date… Where’s The Party Norm?

Shit Creek

Out on a limb the branch ain’t bending
It’s rise and fall sink or swim
Stick to the task stop pretending
Dig down deep the chances are slim

No questions asked no favours given
Your on your own its down to you
Get your head out your arse don’t trust no one
Lookout for yourself retain your cool

It’s a bitch out there ride out the system
Stick to your guns and wise up quick
Stand up and be counted dont suffer fools gladly
Rise to the task dont take no shit

The wolfs at the door society’s crumbling
Relentless confusion when will it stop
Sharpen your wits crank up the anti
Reach for the armour it’s coming on top

Keep movin fast
Never stand still
Ready your pencil
Sharpen your quill
Never give in
Don’t buckle under
Shout it about
Cast it asunder

Do what
Stone me
Well I never
To strong
Take it easy
Out of order
Hold on
Half a mo
It’s a wind up

Shit Creek

John Turnbull

The Big Session at De Montford Hall, Leicester Picture date: 13 June, 2008
The Big Session at De Montford Hall, Leicester
Picture date: 13 June, 2008
Taken by Jason Sheldon

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England on 27th August 1950 (Virgo/Tiger)

Motto: I am always in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.

Some of the bands I have enjoyed working with are: Skip Bifferty, The Chosen Few, Loving Awareness, Glencoe, Nick Lowe, Dave Stewart and the Spiritual Cowboys, Eurythmics, Talk Talk, London Beat, Paul Young, Bob Geldof, World Party, Kaos Band, but most of all ‘The Blockheads’.

I have also sung and played on film soundtracks since 1960’s, most famous film being ‘Get Carter’ starring Michael Caine.

Pastimes and hobbies:- Yodelling / Skodelling / Whistling.

Other pastimes:- Transmuting all poisons and pollutants into harmless particles, listen it’s my imagination and I’m gonna use it.

I write poems and songs, I like sex and rock and roll but I keep all my drugs on the soft side.

I distribute cruelty free scientifically advanced self care products from U.S.A. called Neways.

They are working for me I feel fine!. Thank you.

Swans Doing Their Jobs

Dawns rose tinted hand lights the east
The trout are rising
Sun sparkled droplets
Mint prisms shining like diamonds
Atomising worry calming tension
Running water dripping tranquility
Flattening stress easing panic
Optimism bounces into ascendancy
Suddenly the worlds a better place
A quiet moment by the canal
Ducks preening in the crisp morning air
Flapping splashing dipping quacking
Making rainbows dance in magic light
Swans doing their jobs

Mick Gallagher

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Mick Gallagher – Born in Newcastle-upon Tyne, England on 29th October 1945

Recorded, played and toured with Rock bands since 1963 including…

1963/64  The Chosen Few
1965  The Animals
1966-68  Skip Bifferty
1969  Arc
1970-71  Bell & Arc
1972-73  Frampton’s Camel
1974-76  Loving Awareness
1977-00  Ian Dury & The Blockheads
1979-80  The Clash
1983  Eurythmics
1984  The Music Students
1986/87  Kiyoshiro Imawano
2003-present  Animals and Friends

Composed music for Theatre Productions

1987  Royal Court Theatre ‘Serious Money’
1989  Royal Court Theatre ‘Apples’
1992  Royal Shakespeare Co. ‘The Jovial Crew’
1993  Royal Shakespeare Co. ‘The Country Wife’
1994  Royal Court Theatre ‘The Queen and I’
1994  Royal Court Theatre ‘The Libertine’

A Brand New Pound Bit With A Tracking Device

A brand new pound bit with a tracking device
Has now been spent and paid its price
But hold on a moment the tills been sprung
He’s been passed on quickly in exchange for a bun
Thrown into the dark with lots of other rifle
In and out of daylight traded in for trifles
If only he hadn’t been forged in a furnace
He might have been a nifty and splashed about in earnest
Struck by the mint not cut out for fame
Left in old trousers or dropped down a drain
A sole purpose in life is to wear out people’s pockets
Or left as a tip or stored in misers wallets
A humble scrap of metal with no intrinsic value
Dropped on floors rolling under tables
Picked up by a cleaner with an eagle eye for money
Converted once again for a pot of runny honey
Nocturnal transactions throughout the wee small hours
In exchange for commodities fags drugs or flowers
It starts to turn snide at eleven
o’clock sharp
When it’s spent in a pub for an Ice cold half
Given back as change or make weight for a round
It’s not all wine and roses in the life of a pound
But the worst thing of all or so it would seem is being stuck in the slot of a condom machine
Get poked by keys as they attempt to prise you out
Shove you with penknives further down the spout
So resign yourself to your hopeless position
Chewed up and bent and out of commission
You’ve passed through the hands of dealers thieves and liars
Now you would spend yourself for a man with some PLIERS

Derek the Draw

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Derek has been a poet for many years and after joining the band in 2000 has become the main lyricist and Blockhead storyteller.  A man of sartorial distinction and a playful wit, Derek is driving the Blockheads forward into a new era.

Banged to Rights

There’s silence in the court the Judge has just arrived
The geezer standing in the dock has panic in his eyes
There are twelve total strangers who’ve been chosen to preside
A double row of chairs where wigs and silks reside

What happens next will soon unfold A B H or stolen gold
A sordid tale starts to unravel to the echo of the judges gavel
The prosecution kicks it off a witness cross examined
What is truth and what is lies is up to them to fathom

The accused standing in the box his body shaking in his socks
His brief then drops his master stroke my clients not the guilty bloke
The defence lawyer stands his ground some new info has just been found
The prosecutor leaps to his feet the evidence is incomplete

Exhibit ones a wooden cosh
Twos a knuckle duster
Exhibit three is a rake of cash and a weighty diamond cluster
Exhibit fours a fingerprint
exhibit fives a knife
Exhibit six is D N A
looks like bang to rights

Henpecked

You drive me up the pictures
You send me round the bend
Keep me spinning sideways
It seems to never end
Kneed me in the cobblers
Sloshed me round the face
Hoofed me up the jacksee
Have I got a saving grace

Treat me like a dish cloth
Will I come back for more
Dip me in the bucket
Make me scrub the floor
Insist I scrub the karsee
Then do the washing up
Work me to a frazzal
Till you think I’ve had enough

You make me walk a tightrope
And keep me on the cusp
You like to run me ragged
Cos you like acting tough
You love to dish out orders
Assume to rule the roost
Watch me do your ironing
And squeeze you orange juice

Send me for your shopping
And buy your cigarettes
Don’t forget the omo
Then fold the serviettes
You use me like a doormat
Boot me with your clogs
Get me cleaning windows
And walk the fucking dog

I don’t get what your doin
I can’t hear what your saying
The chimney needs a sweeping
Lightbulbs need replacing
The carpet wants a beating
The roofs got a leak in
The grass expects a mowing
That sock has got a hole in

Hurry up hurry up
Get a move on
A woman’s tongue never rusts !!!