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14/05/2004 (interview with Mike Pike)

1) The band have been going some time now - how and did you get together in the first place?

Pike were formed in 1990, by myself and life-long friend Jez ‘Fingers’ Pike, at a time when there was very little quality material being produced. We hoped to fill the void.

What has been the highlight and lowest point in the bands history so far?

I can’t describe any of our experiences as high or low as such. All the gigs and the recordings have contributed to what Pike are now. We’ve been buzzing for 14 years.

You have played with some great bands such as Glen Matlock, Penetration and UK Subs. Which has been the best gig you have played, and what bands would you love to tour with?

Supporting the UK Subs in Preston in 1995 was great. It felt like the whole town had turned out at a time when punk wasn’t as fashionable as it is now. I would love to tour with New Model Army or the Angelic Upstarts.

What releases have you had out and what Pike song best sums up the band?

We’ve had numerous tapes and four CD’s. The most recent ‘Bears Paw’ which now features the best of the other two albums ‘Now! Pike!’, and ‘Ten Years Living the Dream’. All the tracks sum up the band as we continue to keep our songs relevant and up-to-date.

Do you do any covers, if so what and why?

Previously we did covers as it helped to get more gigs mixing them with our own material. Nowadays we now again do ‘Another girl another planet’ by the ‘Only Ones’ but with a lot more power. It is a great song and stood out back in the early days.


If you could take a vocalist, guitarist(s), bassist and drummer from different bands to make your perfect band who would you choose (canbe deceased)?

I would like to state this is the choice of Mick Pike and doesn’t necessarily represent the other members.

Vocals and guitar – Joe Strummer (Clash),
Bass – JJ Burnel (Stranglers),
Guitar – Ed Kuepper (Saints)
Drums Topper Headon – (Clash).

There may be better musicians about, but a combination of the first two albums of all their respective bands would fucking rock.

Why did you choose the name Pike and do you still think it suits the band?

The name comes from the cast of ‘Dads Army’, the irrepressible Frank Pike. It happened on a drunken night, you would have to have been there. It probably never suited us but “we don’t care.”

Describe punk at the beginning of the 21st century.

Punk at present seems to be commercial, fashionable and name-dropped by just about everybody. Fashion-wise, punk’s influence is every where, but it was never about the clothes and the hair anyway, it’s about what’s inside, and the posers can fuck off to the new, ‘next big thing’.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2004.

Recording a new CD before the end of the year , ready for release sometime in the winter and to keep gigging on the road to nowhere.

Any final comments?

Be a 21st Century Punk, the worlds still knee deep in shit and apathy won’t get us out of it. 1977 changed my world, there aren’t many of us left who know what ‘punk’ means. Live your dreams!

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