Exclusive video premiere: Micko Westmoreland- Schmescos – featuring comedy legend Kevin Eldon
Louder Than War are proud to present the new music video, for the song Schmescos by cult-pop-hero-in-waiting Micko Westmoreland. The song is taken from his brilliant album Yours Etc ABC ( on Landline Records ) which I reviewed here calling it ‘an album for lovers of light music which hides a darker side to it. Obsessive and compulsive Art-Pop’.
If you’re scratching your head thinking how you know Micko’s name.. . he played Jack Fairy in the film Velvet Goldmine and is the musician behind electronica act The Bowling Green.
Kevin Eldon is of course one of our generations great comedy actors – having been in The Day Today, Brasseye, Alan Partridge, Big Train, Jam/Bluejam, Fist of Fun, Four Lions, Smack The Pony, Black Books, Green Wing, The IT Crowd and his own BBC2 show It’s Kevin. That’s not to mention his cameo in Utopia. He filmed his role as a supermarket security guard in Micko’s video shortly after shooting for the new season of Game of Thrones.
“What I particularly enjoyed about making this video, was standing outside a supermarket dressed as a security guard, unshaven and smelling, probably, quite strongly of Merlot, and then having a passing T.V. producer I’ve worked with before clock me and visibly internally struggle with the possibility that things might not be going quite so well for me professionally as they could be.”
Eldon added of the song: “”I like a good catchy pop song, me, particularly if it’s got a middle eight. And this is a good catchy pop song. With a middle eight. The test of course is whether you can do country dancing to it. And believe me, you can.”
On working with Kevin Eldon, Micko said: “He’s such a good laugh and a great performer. There’s always a lot of detail, it’s all been worked out and thought through behind the scenes. Shooting the ’Schmescos’ video was a bit like being in a ‘Big Train’ or ‘Blue Jam’ sketch. Very difficult to keep a straight face.”
Kevin Eldon back in the late 70’s was singer in Gosport punk bands the Time ( ‘a brilliant melodic punk band’ according to Hampshire music historian Oliver Gray) and Virginia Doesn’t (who you can hear here ).
More recently Eldon and Micko formed charity band The Spammed, together with punk legend Rat Scabies, Horace Panter and Neil Innes, and have recorded cover versions of songs by The Clash, Beatles and others to raise cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
But, I’ve digressed ( as Ronnie Corbett used to say) …
Micko’s song ‘Schmescos’ deals with the adrenaline rush of shoplifting among a backdrop of corporate irresponsibility and bland day-to-day existence. The chorus of “All I want to do is rob from Tescos” makes no bones about its provocative message, although in the interests of fairness Micko and Louder Than War are keen to point out that other supermarkets are also available.
The album Yours Etc Abc’ was released in August 2015 “in a sumptuous vinyl-only gatefold package” as well as digitally and features musical contributors as Mickey Gallagher from the Blockheads on keyboards, Mark Bedford from Madness on bass, Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey, Gallon Drunk) on trumpet and Phil Wilkinson (Jake Bugg) on drums.
The ‘Schmescos’ video, directed by Ashley Jones, appears in the run up to the release of a full length digital album of re-workings taken both from Micko’s two solo albums and the two more electronic-slanted LPs he previously released under the name The Bowling Green. Scheduled for release on August 12, ‘Remixes’ coincides with the release of the two Bowling Green albums ‘Fabrications’ and ‘One Pound Note’ in digital form, on Landline Records.
All words Ged Babey. Photo by Ashley Jones