Saturday 7 August 2010

Milk & Alcohol

We walked into town last Thursday. It was a beautiful evening so we took the scenic route along the towpath. I say scenic; walking down the steps from London Road leading to the canal, the first thing we saw was a plethora of discarded Tennents tins and an empty milk carton. Anyhoo, you'd think that would be the perfect excuse to shoehorn some Doctor Feelgood into the mix wouldn't you? Maybe, but what with Oil City Confidential and everyone looking for the source of the Thames Delta, I thought I'd go off on a slight tangent.

Wilko Johnson is on record saying that Mick Green of The Pirates was the reason he picked up a guitar. To the point that Wilko would play their singles at 33 rpm just to 'work out what was going on in there.' Sadly, Mick passed away earlier this year. Here's a taster of just how good he was. It's also testament to the fact that, when it comes to playing the guitar, less is more.


  1. Saw the Pirates play quite a bit in the late 90's and early to mid 2000's. They even played Southend a couple of times. Always worth the entry money just for the guitar lesson. Incredible.

    I remember the first time I saw them, after the gig a mate and I went up to the stage after it had finished. We were so intrigued as to what pedal Mick Green was using to get some of those incredible sounds out.... there were NO pedals! He did it all himself with finger whizzin trickery.

  2. Piley - Macca used him on Run Devil Run - there's some brilliant footage on the net - some from The (new) Cavern gig they played. I'd be surprised then if there's not a photo in existence of you and Mick Green together (see my previous post).