THE G-O-D – Lucky 7
LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask artists to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…
Today it’s the new band of Manchester rock icon, the inimitable Funky Si, Simon Wolstonecroft along with pal Chris Bridgett, who together make up The G-O-D. You know this, but Si was first drummer in The Smiths (and it’s predecessor Freak Party), best drummer in The Fall, in an early incarnation of The Stone Roses, and in The Colourfield with Terry Hall. He wrote a great memoir too – “You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide”. Singer/songwriter Chris is ex of the band Dub Sex (of four John Peel sessions and much critical lauding).
They recently played with The Stone Roses at Wembley at Ian Brown’s personal request, and I’m chuffed they answered my call for a cheeky Lucky 7…
As a quick amuse-bouche, here’s Si’s earlier “song for ewe” featuring a garage classic and gnarly anecdote from the notorious Kim Fowley.
And this is The G-O-D line up in full Liverpool Sound City car park effect. Don’t say that R&R isn’t glamorous.
The G-O-D are inestimably funky (no surprise with Si pounding his elastic rhythms) and very Manchester. If you like the Mondays, Intastella and the Roses, but you also like The Damned & PiL, they are right up your strasse. In short a punk band that won’t say no to a party. So let’s bring it on with six songs that make them tick, tick, and one that’ll help them go boom. Here are Si’s choices:
1. The first of my 3 choices is Hamilton Bohannon’s ‘Let’s start the dance’, which I discovered on my first parent free holiday abroad, in Amsterdam (1980) with my new Freak Party bandmates, Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke.
Most of my time was spent on the hotel bed in a haze of hashish smoke, but one afternoon we managed to venture out to a nearby record store, where this splendid oddment of a dance tune by the American drummer/producer, was blaring through the shops speakers. It blew me away.
Needless to say, I handed over the necessary guilders for the imported 12 inch, which still sounds as exotic today as it did then.
2. The Clash – Time Is Tight
A superb rendition of Booker T and the MG’s classic, it immediately takes me back, to the heady days the late 70’s Punk Wars, when my interest in drumming really took off.
3. K.C and the Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight
You’d never guess K.C was a white guy would you? It’s just so simple but infectious.This is the kind of record my mum was playing on the radiogram as I was growing up and still gets plenty of plays on the radio today.
4. Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles
Just because I’ve danced round the kitchen this morning to it and frightened my kids, but that’s what punk should do innit.
5. The Blinders – Swine
Best new young-man band in Manchester, they mean it and they’re players and can handle themselves live, big up the youth x
6. Sleaford Mods – TCR
Played with them at Wembley , good lad the singer family man like myself , just a top songwriter and cutting, one off unique ..watch out for the copyists.
The Lucky 7th: The G-O-D – Drive Away The Rain
CHEERS TO SI & CHRIS!