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Pink Torpedoes
06/11/1999



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

Boothy: It's hard to give a brief history because so much has happend over the past 11 years. The Pink Torpedoes first saw the light of day back in 1988, taking the name from a spinal tap lyric. The line up was then Kieth Halliday (bass), Craig Halliday, formally of One Way System (guitar & lead vocals), Guy Woodhall(guitar) and Mark Booth (drums). We gigged for years doing mainly covers. Craig left in the early nineties being replaced by Duncan Jowet (known as Morax). He stayed with us for about two years in which time we supported REEF and blew them away and played in the French Alps. Morax and Guy left the band shortly after returning from France. They were replaced by a succession of vocalists and guitarists untill 1996 when me and Keith were about to call it a day. Then Steve Fairhurst joined originally just to play The Tache nightclub during the 1996 Holidays In The Sun, it went so well we carried on writing new material eventually releasing an album. Nige was recruted about 5 months ago and here we are nearly 12 years on.

Discography.

Boothy: There is only Womb Raider at the moment but a lot more is planned.

Describe your sound.

Boothy: Melodic Retro Punk with a nineties edge.

Keith : We sound like a band that's had to rehurse our own songs and write them. Not like the shit that gets into the charts made by big business men with puppets that pretend to sing and play them.

Nige : Different !

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

Boothy: The best gig for me was as I mentioned earlier, at the Tache during the 1996 Punk fest. The club was full to bursting with Punks and Skins. Charlie Harper and the Subs turned up and asked if they could have a go I ended up playing the drums for the Subs!!!. On the video for Holidays In The Sun - Day 1, the last track is Charlie and the Truckers thats me playing Tommorows Girls.

Keith : The best gig for me was with REEF in Sheffield and we went down as the better band. REEF got very upset.

Nige : I know it'll be the 4th December with The Subs !

Name the best 5 bands to come out of your area of England.

Boothy: The best five off the top of my head and in no particular order are Slaughter And The Dogs, The Drones, Buzzcocks, One Way System, The Fits.

Keith : Sex Pistols, Ruts, Clash, Jam, Damned, Stranglers, One Way System, Fits and us ?

Nige : Drones, Slaughter And The Dogs (I had to say that being a mancunian - somebody should tell Keith that most of his are from down south !)

Do you think street music will rise again?

Boothy: Its got to, with all the manufactured shit around nowadays somethings got to give.

Keith : I hope street music will make a comeback because we can see bands do their own music and play it live - and no backing tapes, a real bit of quality needed !

Nige : Not the same as it used to be but punk is having a bigger impact now at the end of the nineties for some reason. It's probably because we've had 15 years of electro pap - no bollocks.

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

Boothy: My fave song? My all time fave and I'm sorry if it sounds cheesy but it's got to be Anarchy In The U.K. My current fave the one I listen to the most at the moment is Riot by the Subs.

Keith : Cafe Du Ron - Pink Torpedoes (I wrote it)

Steve : Ace Of Spades by Motorhead because it was the first band I saw live and it was then I decided I could do it - dead raw !, just energy that drives you to throw yourself about.

Nige : I've got too many by too many bands to pin one down but Complete Control by The Clash nears the top.

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

Boothy: There's a lot of good lyrics to draw from but the one that comes to mind is from Life Sentence by the Dead Kennedys "I'd rather stay a child and keep my self respect if being an adult means being like you." Fucking brilliant.

Keith : A do do do A da da da, is all I want to say to you, it's by the Police and it got to number 1 in the charts - it's complete gibberish.

Steve : "No more swimming in guitar shaped pools, no more reporters at my beckon call, no more cocaine, now it's only ground chalk, no more taxi's, now we'll have to walk, but didn't we have a nice time" The Jam - To Be Someone.

Nige : "I don't judge you, why do you judge me" - Complete Control - The Clash.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 99.

Boothy: We are currently writing new material for our new album and hope to record it early next year. There is also a single planned for this year hopefully. as for gigs we've got 3 support slots with The Subs and loads of gigs all over the North West. You never know maybe we'll get sighned up!.

Keith : We might do a "new dance" album next year and we reherse on a Friday night.1

Nige : We get our gigs with pretty short notice so there's nothing lined up long term but it would be nice to play at HITS again in Morecambe next year.

Any final comments?

Boothy: There seems to be a growing interest in Punk at the moment and if we all stick at it maybe we can make it happen again. A big FUCK OFF to all these shitty bland boy bands - let's keep it real!

Keith : ARSE

Nige : Yeh, thank's for interveiwing us and thank's to anyone reading it.


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