ALICE NUTTER of CHUMBAWAMBA – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE”
with ALICE NUTTER of
CHUMBAWAMBA

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a writer, journalist, activist, musician and vocalist, perhaps best known for her work singing for agit-prop pop band Chumbawamba at their 90s peak, “Tubthumping” et al. I love the songs “Timebomb” and “Homophobia” but the song “Enough Is Enough” will always have a special place in my heart, since it was number one in the John Peel Festive 50 of 1993, a chart that I played to death on a couple of C90s well into the next year, around the time I first started Velvet Sheep as a xerox fanzine. These days she writes for TV dramas including on Jimmy McGovern’s The Street and The Accused, as well as Moving On and a Casualty episode, and although my day job writing for kids TV is a little less edgy, I hope in some small way we are kindred spirits. Plus she’s from Burnley, and although I am from North Kent originally I have spent a fair bit of time travelling to and fro to Barnoldswick in Lancs for one reason or another. I am delighted to welcome to the digital Velvet Sheep, someone who has despite the photo below, never jumped the shark, the brilliant Alice Nutter!

I asked Alice what she’s been up to of late…

“After 20 odd years in the anarchist pop collective Chumbawamba, I left to write. Since then I’ve written for theatre and TV. I’ve spent all this year working with the writer, Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) on Trust, his FX show about The Gettys. Directed by Danny Boyle it will be aired May/June 2018.”

In the meantime, just to indulge myself, here’s the peerless and timeless “Enough Is Enough” featuring Credit To The Nation… (enough very much still is enough)

Without further ado, it’s over to Alice and you know she’s got soul with her ace “song for ewe”…

“I spent years of my youth dancing to Northern Soul at Wigan Casino and various soul clubs across the country – I loved the music and the scene had a real sense of community. When punk came along, I seized the chance to reinvent myself, treading a line between being a punk and a soul girl for a while. Punk took over because it wasn’t just music, it offered the chance of a creative life and political involvement.

I never fully stopped going to Allnighters. I’m a lightweight now, down to about one a year. I went to Rome last weekend to a night called Dance with the Devil; it was very DIY, full of young people just loving the music. ‘I Can’t Make It Anymore’ was the floor filler I most wanted to hear but it wasn’t played, so I dug it out today.”

THANKS SO MUCH ALICE, MUCH APPRECIATED!

Author: Nick Hutchings

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