Foul-mouthed lyrics ‘true to our lives’
BARRED from almost every venue in the country for their foul-mouthed lyrics, notorious punk rock band The Macc Lads at one point had to perform their gigs on the back of a lorry.
The Eighties band, consisting of lead singer Muttley McLad (Tristan O’Neill), The Beater on guitar (Geoffrey Coning) and Stez Styx (Steve Hatton) on drums, were together from 1980 to 1997, releasing their first album Beer and Sex and Chips N Gravy in 1985.
They recorded the album using a government enterprise grant of £40 per week, which was promptly withdrawn following calls by Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens and Macclesfield MP Nicholas Winterton.
Mr Winterton said it wasn’t the sort of thing he wanted his daughter to hear. The band lived at ‘Hectic House’ on Sunderland Street and had songs such as Sweaty Betty and No Sheep ‘til Buxton.
Frontman Muttley McLad defended the lyrics though, saying they were simply singing ‘true’ songs about their lives in Macclesfield.
At the time he told a reporter: “We haven’t made up any swear words and you can hear all of them in that pub over the road any time of day or night.”