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Partisans
07/11/2000 (Interview with Andy)


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

Formed way back in 78, at the age of 14 years, inspired by the Pistols and Clash and well just about all the bands around at the time. By 81 we had signed a deal with no future and released Police Story, after a few releases with them they supposedly went bust, only to start up future records probably with the help of our royalties. Anyway thats another story. I left the band (andy)as I was bored of it all, and wanted to move to London, Shark and Spike followed so we gave it another go, This time with Parsons on bass, that didn't work so in the end it was just Shark Spike and my goodself. We did the second album and just fizzled away in a puff of smoke so to say. As for the current line up, I had seen our drummer Gustaf, back in 89, playing in a rockabilly band and at the time I thought he looked cool, he was playing the drums standing up and had a big fuck off rockabilly quiff and tatts everywhere.

Anyway when we decided to reform we asked Shark if he wanted to be a part of it, but because he lives in Singapore and has only limited holidays it was to impractical, so we opted to get a rythm section in my now hometown Gothenberg, I contacted Gustaf and asked him if he wanted it, and he wanted it, so we did it, he had a mate who could play bass and that was it, we have a new line up.Spike lives in Cardiff, so we rehearse without him, I do all the singing at the rehearsals, and when we record Spike takes time off work and flys over here, then we go in the studio.

Discography.

PoliceStory
17 Years
The Partisans album
Blind Ambition
Time Was Right
......................... and soon the Hysteria ep

There seems to be a surge of bands reforming at present. Why did you reform after all this time?

I think as a musician, you never give up wanting to play, its in the blood, and it haunts you all the time, there is nothing more fun, than making records and playing in a band, so I think that all these bands reforming are doing it because its great to get a second chance. We reformed because we love what we are doing, and we want to push our music into this century, we had no idea that we were popular again, really we were really freaked by it, and we cant understand it either, we are very critical to the first album, and yet the punkers seem to love it, strange, there were so many bands that were better than us,UK SUBS, Blitz, GBH, The Exploited, well there were alot of great bands around at the time, we always felt some what inferior and musically handicapped.

What have you been doing since leaving Britain and are you still in contact with the original members of the band? If so, what are they up to these days?

I have been doing loads of things since moving from Britain, dishwashing jobs, working in Hospitals, restaurants, printers well just about everything thats boring basically. I have also been in many bands since the demise of the Partisans, but nothing ever happened with them.I am in contact with all the old partisans except Louise, I dont know where she is, all I know is she is a hairdresser or something, Shark is in Singapore, Parsons is stinking rich and in Bush(shark has conatact with him), Spike is in Cardiff and a web designer just like I am.

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

The other band members are not here so I will answer for them.

Spike - Stay free the Clash
Andy - Submission the Pistols
Magnus - Clash City Rockers the Clash
Gustaf - White man in hammersmith The Clash

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

The best gig must be the last one we did in Gothenberg in September, the support band were gbg punx, and they were great. Its great playing to a swedish audience, they go nuts and there is no fighting and well everyone is so pissed.

What is the scene like in Sweden?

I didn't know this until I started to do a little detective work on various record labels, but there is a label called Burning hearts and they have some really good bands on their label including the Business, alot of the swedish punk bands are the best in Europe, and well there seems to be a healthy scene here beleive it or not. We were shocked when we played in Gothenberg and it was sold out, I did not think there were many punks in such a small town, so the scene is probalby better here than anywhere else in Europe.I was listening to the main radio station that plays mainly top 40 stuff, but they do seem to play alot of punk now and again. 8. What bands would you recommend checking out? I am the wrong man to ask, as I say I am no expert anymore, there are a few new york bands that are good, here in Sweden there is Topper and Bombshell rocks and voice of a generation, these are all good bands and flirt a little with the clash and early punk, and the best I have heard lately is a scottish band called 4 pm after midnite, they have some good songs, but they spit now.

What is the punk oi scene like in your area

I am the wrong man to ask, as I say I am no expert anymore, there are a few new york bands that are good, here in Sweden there is Topper and Bombshell rocks and voice of a generation, these are all good bands and flirt a little with the clash and early punk, and the best I have heard lately is a scottish band called 4 pm after midnite, they have some good songs, but they spit now.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2000-2001.

Maybe the states and Holidays in the Sun in Morecombe in July. We will be releasing our new ep soon, dont know how yet but we will.

Any final comments?

Yes I do, first thanx for the interview and second we are giving away a track from the new ep on mp3.com, its not the best track but anyway its free, so surf to www.listen.to/thepartisans and under our latest news page go to mp3.com and download the song, all the best Andy


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