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Blank Generation 24 – Hollywood Brats Annoy and Disturb



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Blank Generation 24 - Hollywood Brats Annoy and Disturb
Blank Generation
Steve Green
When I invited Andrew Matheson of The Hollywood Brats to be a guest on Blank Generation, I didn’t hold out much hope. I’d been intrigued by his name since seeing it listed on the credits (in partnership with Casino Steel), of the opening two tracks on The Boys debut album back in 1977. Three years later I managed to get hold of the Cherry Red Records’ reissue of The Hollywood Brats only studio album, which had originally been released in 1975, but only in Norway. Sure enough, there was those two Boys tracks but a load of other gems too. Casino Steel was in the band and The Boys connection started to make sense. The connection doesn’t stop there, as Brats’ guitarist Eunan Brady was an early member of ground zero, London punk “band” London SS who was formed by and rehearsed at the home of Boys founding member Matt Dangerfield. The UK punk family tree is fascinating.

Andrew Matheson’s book, Sick On You is quite simply a riveting read and essential to anyone with an interest in UK life and the music scene in the early to mid 1970’s. I listened to the audio book read by Andrew and you felt like you were there with him every inch of the way. It needs to be made into a movie as it would knock Rocket Man and Bohemian Rhapsody for six. On that note, watch this space!

Having been put in touch with me by THe Boys’ manager Steve Metcalfe, I received an email from Andrew saying that he would be delighted to come on the show and that he would bring his guitarist Brady along for the ride. Andrew threw my trusted Blank Generation formula out of the window and sent me the 30 tracks that he and Brady would like me to play. He comes over as a person not to be messed around with in his book so naturally I agreed to host the show as he wanted it. We set up a Zoom video call and sure enough Andrew, Brady and what looked like a 12 pack of strong lager was there right in front of me.

You can read loads about The Hollywood Brats on the internet and please do invest in the book, but listen to this episode of Blank Generation and enjoy the intelligence, humour and music of the greatest band you’ve never heard of. Too late for glam? Too early for punk? Too confrontational for mainstream rock? Their mission in the words of Andrew Matheson was to “Annoy and Disturb”. They got that bit right.

Buy The Hollywood Brats anthology, Sick On You HERE
Get the Audiobook of Sick On You HERE

Playlist:

It’s All Over Now’ – Rolling Stones
Gloria – Shadows of Knight
Jeff’s Boogie – The Yardbirds
Tobacco Road – Nashville Teens
My Generation – The Who
Shakin’ All Over – Chad Allen & The Expressions
The Wind Cries Mary – Jimi Hendrix
Give Him a Great Big Kiss – The Shangri-Las
I’m Down – The Beatles
Green Onions – Booker T & the MG’s
Tumble With Me – Hollywood Brats
Chez Maximes – Hollywood Brats
Another School Day’!
Nightmare – Hollywood Brats
Then He Kissed Me – Hollywood Brats
Borgia Street – Hollywood Brats
Trucker’s Lament – Hollywood Brats
Vampire Nazi (of London Town) – Hollywood Brats
It’s Not Funny – Hollywood Brats
Sick On You – Hollywood Brats
Independence Day – Comsat Angels
Complicated Game – XTC
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll – Ian Dury & The Blockheads
Life During Wartime – Talking Heads
Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
Rock the Casbah – The Clash
The Boys Are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy
Rat Trap – The Boomtown Rats
Mixed Up Shook Up Girl – Mink DeVille
Texas Girl at the Funeral of Her Father – Randy Newman
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker – Ramones

Andrew Matheson in the Washington Pub in North London.12/6/15.Copyright Photo Tom Pilston.

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