It’s a Macc at­tack – the Lads are back

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - KAREN BRIT­TON

THE ORIG­I­NAL Macc Lads are set to per­form on stage to­gether in public for the first time in 30 years.

The band, who caused out­rage with the on­stage an­tics and con­tro­ver­sial lyrics dur­ing the 1980s hey­day, agreed to get to­gether again af­ter be­ing per­suaded by friend Bar­bara Burns, who worked in the Bears Head on Mill Street in Mac­cles­field where the band used to drink.

The move will see orig­i­nal mem­bers Mut­t­ley McLad (Tris­tan O’Neill), The Beater (Geoffrey Con­ning) and Stez Styx (Steve Hat­ton) play a gig in aid of Mac­cles­field Hospi­tal’s Macmil­lan can­cer unit and a punk fes­ti­val in Black­pool in the sum­mer.

The new band will also fea­ture later Macc Lad Chor­ley the Hord (Charles Moore) and new lead singer Bammy (Christo­pher Bam­ford), who de­signed the first Macc Lads al­bum cover.

It will go un­der the name FILF but will not play any of the Macc Lads orig­i­nal ma­te­rial, in­stead con­cen­trat­ing on punk cov­ers.

Mut­t­ley McLad, the orig­i­nal lead and song­writer, said: “It’s never been the right time to get back to­gether be­fore now. We like do­ing gigs like this. We’re play­ing the songs we liked when we were kids, like the Ra­mones and The Clash. We won’t per­form Macc Lads songs. We’re too old, fat and bald now, but we won’t be well be­haved.”

The Ex­press re­ported in 2015 how Mut­t­ley had re­jected a reap­praisal of the band’s work, which claimed they were mis­un­der­stood ‘satirists’, say­ing they were ev­ery bit as bad as they seemed.

The band played its 500th and fi­nal public gig in Not­ting­ham in 1995. Mut­t­ley said: “We were banned from play­ing ev­ery­where. In one town it was the only time the Con­ser­va­tives and Labour on the coun­cil were in agree­ment. Once I had a bag of hot sick thrown at me on stage. I wrote the lyrics and peo­ple can make of them what they will. They are all true sto­ries from Mac­cles­field. It was the best job in the world. I wrote rude rhymes all day and got spat at all night.”

FILF have al­ready played a pri­vate warm up gig to fam­ily and friends at a pub in Stock­port. The new lineup came about af­ter Mut­t­ley, Stez and Beater went to long-time friend Bammy’s wed­ding two years ago. Pal Bar­bara per­suaded them to do the char­ity gig she was or­gan­is­ing with her hus­band Richard.

Sir Ni­cholas Win­ter­ton, who was Mac­cles­field’s MP dur­ing the band’s glory days in the 1980s, said: “The Macc Lads were very po­plar but of­fended some peo­ple. I would hope they use good sense and de­cency. If they go over the mark they will be ask­ing for trou­ble.”

They will play at The Wink­ing Man pub in Up­per Hulme, at 8pm on Satur­day, June 3 with punk bands Rocket 69 and Pris­on­ers of War.

Tick­ets cost £10 on the door or from the band’s web­site

Orig­i­nal Macc Lads mem­bers Stez the Styx, Mut­t­ley McLad and The Beater will be joined by Chor­ley the Hord and Bammy un­der the new band name FILF for the char­ity gig

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