“SONG FOR EWE”
with VIC GODARD of
VIC GODARD & THE SUBWAY SECT
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.
Today’s guest is the sartorially elegant first wave punk rocker –
VIC GODARD of VIC GODARD & THE SUBWAY SECT
I first got into Vic in the 90s when my good mates at Overground Records dug in the crates to release the “Ambition” EP. As colourfully depicted in Viv Albertine’s autobiography, Vic’s band The Subway Sect were there at the beginning of punk. Literally. They played on the bill at the famous 100 Club Sex Pistols gig, toured with The Clash and were managed by infamous Clash svengali Bernie Rhodes. Despite a dearth of recordings, but because of their spiky yet willfully out of step nature they were a massive influence on much of the 80s post punk scene definitively covered by John Robb’s “Death To Trad Rock”, and also Scotland’s Postcard Records indie pop posse.
Thankfully Vic has been putting right the paucity of documentation of his cult band and reinforcing their legacy, since reforming in 2011. This Friday they are due to reach out and first bump with those most contemporary of punks, Nottingham’s Sleaford Mods (recently the feature of an article in US punk fanzine Maximumrocknroll) in a gig at Camden’s Koko that could well be the equivalent of that sweaty 100 Club Pistols show, where everyone says they were there even though it would be impossible to fit them all in.
When I asked Vic for his “Song for Ewe” he was busy watching the gee gees and Chelsea wrap up the title, but he soon came back in with this rather animated choice.
Over to Vic…
“Theme Music” for Sir Prancelot
“Hearing this again reminds me of the punk groups on the Nuggets records,with a fine melody on the guitar and a mediaeval feel to it that suits the cartoon perfectly. I’ve not heard a group sounding like this before or since.”
In an addendum from Vic:
“Just found out Sir Prancelot’s composer Alan Parker played on this –
BIG THANKS TO VIC, AND CHECK OUT HIS VERY ENTERTAINING BLOG HERE
AND CATCH THEM PLAYING THE GIG OF THE YEAR SO FAR WITH SLEAFORD MODS AT KOKO, FRIDAY 5TH JUNE, 2015