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Je préfère me rappeler des séances d’enregistrement que j’ai faites avec Steve Naive, le pianiste d’Elvis Costello, un génialissime tripoteur de claviers. John Waters était en train de cartonner avec son film Hairspray et, pendant sa tournée de promotion en Angleterre,...

Mon meilleur ami, Pete McCarthy, l’Irlandais, avait décidé d’arrêter son métier de peintre en bâtiment. Je l’avais rencontré avec les Electric Chairs. On fréquentait le même pub, un repaire d’Irlandais, pas loin de notre squat à Gloucester Road. On est vite devenus ins...

Le seul groupe français qui ait vraiment marqué les Anglais à l’époque fut Little Bob Story. Je les ai vus pour la première fois dans la salle bondée du Dingwalls, un club de Camden Town.

On était en 1977 et à Londres le rock vibrait partout. Les punks, souvent, ne joua...

I remember, at the time of The Electric Chairs, Siouxsie and the Banshees. Siouxsie was a high priestess, very beautiful, always well dressed – the best dressed of any of them – naturally elegant, intelligent. She and Wayne were accomplices. They’d go off to the ladies...

What to say about The Stranglers? I saw them everywhere. Even at Reading. We loved that band. The intro to Peaches still rings in my head. Whenever I hear it, I once again see myself with my friends at the Music Machine, and the whole crowd up and dancing.

Jean-Jacques...

People like Tiny, The Electric Chairs’ roadie. We called him Tiny because he was enormous. He was a fan of rockabilly, with huge sideburns eating his baby-face, and he was covered in tattoos, coming out of his t-shirts. On the inside of his elbows, he had a couple of t...

Of course, there had been also the Subterraneans adventure, with Nick Kent, Glen Matlock and Chris Musto. We had had a good start though. Nick had great songs. He didn’t have a guitar so I had lent him my green Fender Jaguar. He used to love it. His thing was to play i...

We are backstage in the south west of France, at the Mont de Marsan punk festival.

It’s a bullfighting arena, not that big and it looks like the Provence arenas, when sometimes we used to go see the ‘razeteurs’ jump over the cows… and over the wood fences.

It is brillian...

 

I quickly went back to Chris Musto. We had the Flying Padovanis, at least that! That band was a family to which I would hang myself back. The family, always there. Chris had felt he was a Padovani and so did I. Paul Slack was struggling with his divorce, but with Chri...

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