Green Badger let loose....
Here is my brand spanking almost new single...
I just wanted to share with you the stories behind my latest release, they are both pretty interesting little tales IMHO..
This is a song I’ve had in the pipeline for almost 2 years now. I started recording it about a year ago, and have been playing it at my gigs for about the same amount of time.
It’s a real special song to me, about a great adventure I had with some friends many moons ago. Sadly a couple of my close friends who were on this trip are no longer with us, so it holds extra sentimentality for me as one of my most cherished memories with them.
It all began as my friend’s hardcore punk band scored a gig at Rebellion festival, which is the biggest punk festival in the UK. It is held in Blackpool, which is a quintessential British seaside town complete with Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and famous for Blackpool Rock (A insanely hard stick of candy with the word “Blackpool’ printed through the middle, like a phallic gobstopper). For one weekend a year it turns into a huge sea of mohawks and studded jackets, hosting one of the biggest gatherings of punks in Europe.
We were living in Brighton at the time, which is the other end of the UK which is roughly a 6 hour drive over 300 miles away (which for you Aussies, is a long drive for us over in the UK!). We had the bright idea of attempting to resurrect our mate Owen’s old work removals van which had been sitting on his drive for the last year. It wasn’t in the best of shape but we managed to get it running. The idea was to fill the back with as many of our mates as possible and hit the road up to the festival.
The time came and our motley crew all climbed in.
The party proceeded form the moment we left in the back of the big Luton van, I was first up front to drive..
We made it about 30 miles, not even as far north as London when disaster struck, and the van came to a dramatic halt on the M23 with plumes of smoke coming out from the engine. Turns out it was terminal, but fortunately Owen’s Dad wisely made sure we had breakdown cover. Owen managed to sweet talk the AA (Breakdown recovery) to tow us the whole rest of the way to the festival. Of course it’s illegal to have people in the back of a van, so we had to pretend it was just furniture in there.
This was all very amusing for the people in the back at first, but they had to be quiet so we could make the trip. It was such a distance that it took 2 tow vans, once tow van taking over at the edge of the last tow vans maximum tow distance.. They still had a great time in the back, but I remember looking in the mirror up from in the tow truck, and seeing piss coming out of the back of the removal van onto the motorway.. I think it was also getting a bit dire in there by the 4/5th hour!!
Finally we made it and the tow truck dropped us in the car park of the festival, and that was our home for the weekend. I’ll never forget the sight of opening up the van once we had been dropped off, and it was pure chaos! A whole plethora of the extremities of humanity all came rolling out in plumes of cigarette smoke, empty cans and bottles, bleary eyes and delirious, however all laughing and smiling.
I have to say as fun as it looked, I was pretty happy I'd ridden up front! The name of Owen and Phil’s old removal company was ‘Green Badger’, which was printed in huge green text across the van. So the song is homage to that van which will always hold a place in my heart as such a great base for us that weekend, and for the times spent with dear friends. I will never forget that weekend.
For Owen and Tazz, and the rest of us reprobates..
Here are the Lyrics –
Zero fucks given as we hit the motorway
Twenty miles up the M23
Rebellion bound, didn’t even make the 25
All the punks in the back hide, as we sweet talk the tow truck
We’ve broken down but well carry on, the green badger is now our home x 2
For the weekend
These weekdays tease; they’re just foreplay to the weekend
The weekend, weekend
300 hundred miles later
Roll up the doors, squinting eyes and polo noses
Dump the van in the car park all pile out green hair and studded jackets
Here we are and here we go, here we go..
Light of your Love
This is also a very special song, which started as a long distance experiment between me and Dawn, and my good mate Jimmy (pictured above). He contacted me from the UK saying he wanted to write a song for his girl, give us something to do during lockdown! I thought it would be a really cool thing to collaborate on, and try something different. Jimmy is an old and dear friend of mine from way back, so we know each other very well which really helps in approaching something personal like this. It quickly became more than just a love song, and took on a life of its own.
He emailed me a whole bunch of lyrics, and Dawn and I got to work. The guitar riff and melody came really quickly and easily, and we crafted the words around that. Dawn added some great harmony ideas and vocal arrangements for the choruses. Pretty much everything except the guitar, voices and Djembe is all programmed. This kind of production in very new to me, so it was a good challenge and incredibly fun putting it together.
I’m really proud of what we came up with , I couldn’t get it out of my head so I thought getting it out there as a B side to my single ‘Green Badger’ was a cool opportunity.
Light of your Love
Far across the distant lands, I’ll make some noise for thee
While the rain comes down, leaves on the ground this heart is free
Plough the fields of pain and worry, of the distant past
Sun is shining now I’m smiling, time has come to cast
I wasn’t looking still I found you, the home I never had
Call me out for all I’m not, and I’ll show you who I am
To the land of the lonely, no longer I shall go
To a speck of dust, your grace replaces my destination to hope
Can you heal me darling, I’ve been wasted in every arm
I’m the loyal friend, loving brother and son, I do no harm
Can you care for me like I’ll care for you, live and love in peace
All around people chasing dreams but all I want is you
I never had a home at all, like my love, like my love
I was waiting for the light, of your love, of your love
Here's one for old times sake, a pic of me and the man himself !
Stay safe folks, thanks for reading!