sweariwasBrilliant Documentary on Sex Pistols in Manchester 1976 on BBC Radio 2 featuring Ian Moss, and another on 6-Music tomorrow


Available on Listen Again for 30 days.  Here.

Last night (1/6/2016) saw a great new documentary broadcast on the Lesser Free Trade Hall gig by the Sex Pistols on 4th June 1976.  Entitled ” One Night in  Manchester – the Gig That Changed Music Forever”  the people interviewed were not the ‘usual suspects’ but Jordan ( from McClaren/Westwoods Sex) Peter Hook, David Nolan (author of I Swear I Was There) and  billed as ‘audience member at the gig’, one Ian Moss.  Tony Wilson and McClaren made only brief ghostly appearances.

Regular readers of mine on Louder Than War will know that Ian Moss is of course the subject of the book The Man Who Killed The Hamsters,  singer with the Hamsters, and head honcho of Manchesters most prolific bedroom-based record label German Shepherd.   Radio 2 presumably wouldn’t let him plug his band or label, so I thought I’d do it for him. Here is a piece on the Hamsters single.  A brilliant raconteur, Ian almost stole the show with his views and enthusiasm.  He will go down in Manchester folklore now though for coining the expression “like a fart in a cathedral”.  You’ll have to listen to the whole programme to hear it in context!


On BBC Radio 6 Music tomorrow Friday 3rd June yet another celebration of the gig ..

“As part of BBC Music Day, Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Maconie host a special show live from the site of Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the now infamous Sex Pistols gig there.”  With Glen Matlock, Jon Savage and gig organisers Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto.
Ian Moss and Friends  label German Shepherd can be found here .



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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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