Foul-mouthed lyrics ‘true to our lives’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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