Macc Lads

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The Macc Lads
Origin Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Genres Punk rock, Hard rock
Years active 1981–1995

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] some also say it is "great dish washing music",[2] the Macc Lads used irreverent, zany and foul-mouthed lyrics, political incorrectness, drinking, sexism and homophobia.[3]


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.[4] Band members McCavity and Mutley 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.[4]

Break up[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.[citation needed] In 1999, Stez Styx, The Beater, Muttley and Al O'Peesha gave an interview at the Ivy House pub, Macclesfield for The Bear's Head fan website.[citation needed]

Band members[edit]

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

  • The Beater – lead guitarist, backing vocals (lead vocals on Boddies), 1981–1986, 1986–1989, 1990–1991.
  • Stez Styx – (real name Howard Minns) Drums, backing vocals (lead vocals on "Newcy Brown") 1981-1986, 1990-1991.
  • Philip "Fast Fret" McCavity – Guitar, backing vocals, 1989–1990.
  • Al O'Peesha[5]– Guitar, piano, backing vocals 1991, 1993–1995. Died in 2005 in Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Cheeky Monkey – Drums, backing vocals 1985–1986.
  • Chorley the Hord – Drums, backing vocals 1986–1989
  • Johnny Mard - Guitar, backing vocals 1993-1995
  • Winston Dread - Drums, backing vocals 1993–1995
  • Uncle Knobby - Guitar, backing vocals, 1986

Other vocalists:

  • Barrel - Roadie, lead vocals on "Feed Your Face", 1985
  • Binbag - lead vocals on "Dans Round Us 'Andbags", and "Fluffy Pup"
  • Stella Strict - lead vocals on "Two Stroke Eddie", live singer of Fluffy Pup in 1990.
  • Young Man - lead vocals on "Failure With Girls", 1986



  • 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[6]
  • The Beer Necessities (1990) Dojo
  • Alehouse Rock (1994) Dojo


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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".[7][dubious ]


  1. ^ "A celebration of bad manners." Europe Intelligence Wire 14 Dec. 2006. General OneFile. Web. 5 Dec. 2011.
  2. ^ Bekka Wiedenmeyer
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b The Macc Lads. The Macc Lads. Retrieved on 2012-04-15.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 336. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ The Unofficial Macc Lads Web Site. (1999-08-31). Retrieved on 2012-04-15.

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