“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 drummer who played with Adam And The Ants from 1977-1980 including on the punk classic “Dirk Wears White Sox” and then was persuaded with band mates by Pistols impressario Malcolm McLaren to form the provocative Bow Wow Wow, where he was a key component and the playing became truly tribal (and who made a massive impression on my early years of watching Saturday morning kids TV!). He went onto play with 90s chart band Republica (whose massive hits were embossed in my brain on heavy video rotation as they were when I joined MTV Europe for my first job!) and has also played sideman for the likes of Beats International and indie dance act Chicane. More recently he’s been collaborating with Culture Club’s Jon Moss, an open source band called CHANT with Jon and producer Youth, and drumming for Roland Gift, formerly of Fine Young Cannibals. He also writes, teaches and is all-round good bloke I would love to take up on his offer of a coffee at some point. But in the meantime, on Velvet Sheep, it’s the incomparable Dave Barbarossa!

Here he plays on one of my favs by Adam and The Ants…

I asked Dave what he’s up to at the moment, and he mentioned he has a book called “Mud Sharks”, which according to the blurb “describes how it was to be a mixed-race teenager growing up in 1970s Britain, with the casual racism of the time, and how the emergence of punk rock changed so many lives, including that of the protagonist, Harry Ferdinand. A wry, fast-paced, and honest look at the machinations of the music industry, it is also the story of Harry’s journey from boy to man.”

It’s avail here at: Amazon or Waterstones

Dave also teaches drum lessons…


I mentioned I was super tempted to which Dave charmingly replied:

“I love teaching and yes, I’d be happy to have a session with you. I think you’d surprise yourself.”

Maybe I’ll have to give it a go…


But, without further ado, it’s over to Dave for his intriguing “song for ewe”…

“Although the band are American, this song evokes The Kings Road, Soho, The Roxy and Vortex of the late seventies more than anything I can think of. There is an irreverence and unconformity that is the true spirit of punk rock, to me.”