08 October 2004

PISSED-UP ON BOOZE



So whatever happened to Gallon Drunk? Well, they're very much alive and well, according to their website. Mainman James Johnston has recently become an auxilery Bad Seed too!

My brief obsession with 'the Drunk' was around 1991, after seeing a clip of them performing live on one of those pop shows of the day. The Word, probably. It was clear that Johnston was a fuckin' madman, looking like a bad Elvis impersonator, staggering around the stage spewing incomprehensible lyrics, throwing out random frazzled, chewed-up rockabilly guitar licks, then suddenly turning into Martin Rev for some devestatingly overdriven organ riffs. The living embodiment of hi-voltage Rock 'n' Roll mayhem!

Special mention for Joe Byfield, surely the most vital maraca player in the history of music. His constant, hissing top-end presence lending an added element of rythmic frenzy - it just wouldn't have been the same without him!

Gallon Drunk - Draggin' Along

Easily the best of the early singles by a mile. It's all here, folks. You'll find it on the CD "Tonite...The Singles Bar" on Clawfist Records, which I think is out of print. No doubt someone will correct me if I'm wrong on that.

Right, I'm off now to buy some maracas....


9 comments:

Psychbloke said...

Hey cool....
I thought he'd ask you
Excellent!
Welcome to The Defenders!
(now what were we defending again?)

In jokes AND chuminess....I just don't care these days.

GTTRBRKZ said...

But hang on, if you're Moon Knight, who's everyone else again? Loki must be Dr. Strange, surely? I bagsy Night Hawk...

Spoilt Victorian Child said...

Love Gallon Drunk...
I think Some Fools Mess was always my favourite...
great lyrics too.

Cheers Nick

Simon
x

Spoilt Victorian Child said...

And while i'm here...
Any of you motley Bristol Krew going to Warp Vision and the Warp Party at the Watershed later this month???

Simon
x

howard said...

Bugger, beaten to the punch again.

Oh well, here's a little something extra for you:

gallon drunk - miserlouI couldn't resist the cover - can't post image in the comment for some reason.

howard said...

I was going to post gallon drunk's miserlou cover, on lastsoundofsummer, but it looks like I've been beaten to the punch again.

howard said...

gallon drunk - miserlou from the Australian 7" for Last Gasp.

the cap'n said...

'Bedlam' was always my favourite.

dubversion said...

had the pleasure of working with GD for a year or so. what's astonishing is what a softly spoken, measured man Johnston is in real life. especially after seeing him playing upstairs in Ilford Island to about 6 punters and a load of Incognito fans who'd lost their way back from the toilets to the main venue. in the end, James just singled out someone who was bugging in, put his mike stand about 2 ft away from this guy - who wouldn't back down -and screamed the rest of the gig directly in his face (while Terry Edwards managed to climb into the air con system in the ceiling).. heady days :)

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