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Franklin Fest 2016 - Pre Festival Interview - Fanny Pelmet and the Bastard Suits

Fanny Pelmet And The Bastard Suits will be playing as part of the Franklin Fest Saturday afternoon showcase at Leith Depot (from 1.30pm) with Geek Maggot Bingo, The No-Things and The Fnords.

What's going on with Fanny Pelmet & Bastard Suits at the moment?
We've had a quite year so far due to other commitments. Hope to do some recording before the end of the year, before or after our jet setting drummer goes on her travels to save the world.
Debbie: What's the bands backstory, and what is a Bastard Suit??
We've been together for about five or six years originally to cover Driving Stupid songs and other food based tracks but we ended up stopping to eat biscuits and cakes all the time so changed direction. This is what happens when you have chef in the band. We eventually found our way to do what we do now.
We're all Dr Feelgood fans and used to play a couple of their numbers and still do on occasions, anyway, our name comes from the description of their bass player Sparko Sparks suit as described in Oil City Confidential, the Bastard Suit part that is, which I think in turn was named as the Sweeney wore then in the TV show of the same name, and they were all bastards!
Debbie: Why should we come and see you play at the Franklin Fest?
We'll be playing some top songs: Freak Beat, Fuzz and harmonies, and a little snottyness. If that's your thing, then come and see us.
Debbie: What you are looking forward to the most about the weekend?  
This is our fist time playing the Franklin Fest, but we have played the Franklin R'N'R Club several times over the last couple of years and the audience, atmosphere and bands are always great. Really looking forward to seeing Thee Jezebels whom we've never seen and Oh! GunQuit who were fantastic fun the last time they played The Franklin, even if I couldn't get a note out of the trumpet!! Most looking forward to being there again, last year was a blast.
Debbie: It was indeed-y.  
Tickets for the Franklin Fest can be found here tickets-scotland.com 

Wilko Johnson - Don't You Leave Me Here : My Life + Book Giveaway

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Before I read this book I knew very little about Wilko Johnson. Other than the fact that he was that mad looking guitarist from proto-punk pioneers, Dr. Feelgood, who churned out hits in the ‘70s such as the stonkin’ ‘She Does It Right’ and ‘Roxette’. As it turns out, he’s a bit of a legend.

When I received the proof copy for review, the cover immediately drew me in - Johnson; that expression, arms outstretched ‘Don’t You Leave Me Here’. I knew that this was going to be an interesting read.        

And I wasn’t wrong. The book opens in a hot and rainy Tokyo, where he has a very loyal and adoring fan base. He speaks of his inoperable tumour swelling in his stomach, no longer hidden by his guitar. As he plays to a packed house (this was to be one of his last shows) having been given only months to live, he experiences not sadness, but overwhelming joy.    

Rewind almost 70 years. Johnson takes us back to his humble beginnings on Canvey Island, through to buying his first guitar. He wanted, and eventually bought, a Fender Telecaster after studying his idol Mick Green of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates where he copied his style of playing. He tells of his scary drug-addled trip through India, his time as a teacher, the beginnings and endings of Dr. Feelgood, not forgetting the love of his life, Irene. And then there’s the cancer. Thankfully it’s a happy ending in that respect.

I really like the way that this book has been written. It’s unpretentious, funny, heartwarming and brave. He, unlike some other so called ‘rock stars’ seems to hold his followers in high regard, and it’s written from the ground upwards. It is warts and all; messy in parts, but you cannot help but love him for that. I really didn’t want the book to end. A highly recommended read, which is available from 26th May. 

Little, Brown, 256 pages, ISBN : 978-1408708002

Catch Wilko on his latest tour, details of which are here

Don't You Leave Me Here : My Life is available from amazon & iTunes.

We have a hardback copy of the book ready to send to the first person out of the Twitter hat who correctly tweets us the UK Singles Chart position that Dr. Feelgood's 'Milk and Alcohol' eventually made it to (and yes, we're aware that Wilko wasn't involved in this one). Tweet us @musosguide and include the tag #DYLMH. Only open to UK residents (postage overseas would be a bit much) and not open to contributors to the site. Competition closes 17:00 on 01/6/16.

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