Macc Lads

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The Macc Lads
Origin Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Genres Punk rock, Hard rock
Years active 1981–1995, 1997
Website www.macclads.co.uk

The Macc Lads were a punk and hard rock band from Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. Self-proclaimed the "rudest, crudest, lewdest, drunkest band in Christendom",[1] the Macc Lads used irreverent, zany, foul-mouthed and politically incorrect lyrics; common lyrical themes were drinking, sexism and homophobia.[2] Active from 1981 to 1995 the band now tend to be regarded more favourably by music historians, in contrast to the reaction the band generated in their heyday.

Concerts[edit]

The band were prevented from entering or ejected from gigs in Macclesfield, London, Huddersfield, Bury, Cornwall, Blackpool, Colchester, Hull, Newcastle, Cleethorpes, Northampton, Leeds, Wigan, Lincoln, Bolton, Mansfield, Portsmouth, Cheltenham, Norwich and the USA.

A concert at the Birmingham Hummingbird in 1989 resulted in thousands of pounds worth of damage by fans. Vandalism included scaffolding being pulled apart and thrown onstage as well as a broken toilet, pots of paint and ashtrays.[3] Band members McCavity and Muttley suffered cut heads and fans went on stage to fight road crew and stage security members Lockstock and Mungo.

The Lads' website states that at a gig in Cheltenham in 1991 a "bag of hot sick" was thrown at the band.[3]

The band played their 500th and final public gig at Nottingham Rock City on 4 December 1995.[4]

Break up and subsequent media appearances[edit]

The band last performed at a private show in 1997 for Muttley's local football team in Macclesfield. The line up was the four-piece of Muttley, Winston Dread, Al O'Peesha and Johnny Mard.[5] In 1999, Stez Styx, The Beater, Muttley and Al O'Peesha reunited for an interview at the Ivy House pub, Macclesfield for The Bear's Head fan website. This was conducted by long term Macc Lads fan and Bears's Head fansite contributor Lance Manley, also known as Liquid Goblin.[6]

On 23 June 2015 The Guardian newspaper published an article by Ian Gittins in which he put a satirical interpretation on the Macc Lads' lyrics and said that they had arrived "too early" in music history to not be taken at face value. The article stated that they were ultimately "a coarse yet clever spoof".[7] Muttley McLad himself rejected this description, saying "There was no ulterior motive, The Guardian are reading too much into it. Making us out to be witty, intelligent satirists is probably the worst thing that’s ever been said about us."[8]

In November 2015 a 5-minute documentary by Joe Conning was made and published on 2 January 2016 on YouTube and social media. The video is another reunion of the original line up with Muttley, The Beater and the initial incarnation of Stez Styx giving insights into lyrics the band wrote plus reflections on their success. Also contributing was long term "affiliate" Bammy the Bamster who is mentioned in a couple of the band's songs. [9]

Band members[edit]

The only member to be with the band throughout their career was Muttley McLad, real name Tristan O'Neill, who performed vocals, bass, and wrote lyrics. Other band members included:

  • The Beater (real name Geoffrey Conning) - Lead guitarist, backing vocals (lead vocals on Boddies), 1981–1986, 1986–1989, 1990–1991.
  • Stez Styx (1st incarnation), later known as Johnny Mard (real name Steve Hatton) - Drums, lead guitar, backing vocals, 1981-1986, 1993-1995.
  • Stez Styx (2nd incarnation, real name Howard Minns, also known as frequent support act Eddie Shit) - Drums, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Newcy Brown", 1990-1991.
  • Phil "Fast Fret" McCavity (real name Phillip Turner) – Lead Guitar, backing vocals, 1989–1990.
  • Al O'Peesha (real name Peter Bossley, a journalist with The Sentinel) - Guitar, piano, backing vocals, 1991, 1993–1995. Died in 2005 in Stoke-on-Trent.[10]
  • Cheeky Monkey (real name Percy Perkins) - Drums, backing vocals, 1985–1986.
  • Chorley the Hord (real name Charles Moore) - Drums, backing vocals, 1986–1989.
  • Winston Dread (real name Kevin Hooper) - Drums, backing vocals, 1993–1995.
  • Uncle Knobby - Guitar, backing vocals, 1986.

Other vocalists:

  • Barrel - Roadie, lead vocals on "Feed Your Face", 1987.
  • Binbag - lead vocals on "Dans Round Us 'Andbags", and "Fluffy Pup", 1989.
  • Stella Strict - lead vocals on "Two Stroke Eddie", live singer of Fluffy Pup in 1990.
  • Young Man - lead vocals on "Failure With Girls", 1985.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Eh Up (1983) Hectic House
  • Beer & Sex & Chips n Gravy (1985) Hectic House
  • Bitter, Fit Crack (1987) Hectic House
  • Live at Leeds (the who?) (1988) Dojo
  • From Beer to Eternity (1989) Dojo – UK No. 72[11]
  • The Beer Necessities (1990) Dojo
  • Alehouse Rock (1994) Dojo

EPs[edit]

  • One Gallon Demo (1982)
  • Minge Pies and Mistletoe (1983)
  • Macc Lads 5 (fan club only) (1986)
  • Filthy, Fat and Flatulent (1987)
  • Sheepless Nights (1988)
  • ...and Drinking Partners (1989)
  • Bog N Roll Circus (1990)
  • Turtles' Heads (1991)
  • England (2006)

Compilations[edit]

  • Dirty CD Chips n Gravy (1989)
  • Twenty Golden Crates (1991)
  • An Orifice and a Genital (Outtakes 1986–1991) (1993) Dojo
  • God's Gift to Women (1998)
  • The Lads From Macc (1999)
  • Anthology (1999)

Videos[edit]

  • Beer and Sex and Chips 'n' Gravy (1986)
  • Made in Macc (1987)
  • Four Bleats to the Baa (1988)
  • Come to Brum (live in Birmingham) (1988)
  • The Three Bears (1989)
  • The Quality of Mersey (live in Liverpool) (1989)
  • The Beer Necessities (1990)
  • Sex, Pies and Videotape (live in Manchester) (1991). The video was produced by EMI. Mutley stated in an interview in 1999 that the final result was "nearly as rude as a school choir".[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A celebration of bad manners." Europe Intelligence Wire 14 Dec. 2006. General OneFile. Web. 5 Dec. 2011.
  2. ^ Ben, Hoyle. "Is charming Macclesfield really such a cultural cul-de-sac?." Times, The (United Kingdom) n.d.: Newspaper Source Plus. Web. 5 Dec. 2011.
  3. ^ a b The Macc Lads. The Macc Lads. Retrieved on 2012-04-15.
  4. ^ "http://www.oldbearshead.co.uk/history/atsg.htm"/>
  5. ^ http://www.oldbearshead.co.uk/disco/tours/oldox.htm
  6. ^ name=macclads.co.uk/Bears/int12.htm
  7. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/jun/23/cult-heroes-the-macc-lads-satirists-not-knuckle-draggers
  8. ^ http://www.macclesfield-express.co.uk/news/local-news/were-every-bit-bad-seemed-9599602
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTflZWOOXeE
  10. ^ Holdthefrontpage.co.uk
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 336. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  12. ^ http://www.macclads.co.uk/Bears/int12.htm

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