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One Way System
08/04/01 (interview with Tommy Couch)

Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

One Way System began life in Fleetwood, a small fishing town on the North West Coast. Teh then ever chages in the lineup settled down and became Gavin Whyte vocals, Dave Ross guitar, Craig Halluday guitar, Gaz Buckley bass and Tommy Couch drums. Craig left around 1982 to persue other interests. We assulted the workd with our noize until 85/86, when things came quiet for us. We then picked up the bits around 1994 and evolved into the present line up...

Lee Havok - vocals
Andy Wilkinson - bass
Dave Ross - guitar
Tommy Couch - drums

Why did you choose the name One Way System?

We chose the name One Ways System becuase it meant a few different things at the time;-
The Government thinking our apporoach to music and of course the new traffic system in Blackpool.

What is the best gig One Way System have ever done and who else was on the line-up?

Personally there are so many great gigs to choose from, so I tend to look forward to the next one on the horizon - get to meet some new friends, eh!

What is the favourite song (and what band is it by) of each member of the band?

Favourite songs, well - Andy's would have to be the 'Birdy Song' as he is as elegant as that song on stage!!! Dave's would be 'Winona's Big Brown Brown Beaver' Primus, becuase that rythme reminds me of Dave. Lee - 'YMCA', Village People for obvious reasons!!! Me (Tommy) 'Superman', Lori Anderson (Here Comes The Plane).

Do you still go and see other punk/oi bands when they play in your area? If so, what was the last band you saw and were they any good?

Yes, I still go and see bands as mush as I can. This usually entails traveling, but recently I've seen Pink Torpedoes, UK Subs are the Drivein. Cusak (local band) and X Ray Cement - the best band I have ever seen.

What is the best sentence you have ever heard, that someone has managed to get into a song's lyrics?

That will be The Ruts, with....
"It's a very small world, in the middle of a crowd"
.... from Staring At The Rude Boys

Do you think punk/street music will rise again?

It will be there always and at different levels, depending on indervidual opinion.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2001.

We toured Europe in March, and plan to tour the US June/July, and the UK inbetween. There will be a new CD sometime this year, plus whatever else gets pencilled in

Any final comments?

Yeah, take care - and where did I put that dictonary!

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