Prankster Karl hit­ting a new note

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Dianne Bourne United for their team photo against Bay­ern Mu­nich in the Cham­pi­ons League in 2001.

But now he’s play­ing a rather dif­fer­ent tune - af­ter set­ting up the Mar­ley Record­ing Stu­dios (named af­ter his five-year-old son) in a for­mer mill in Miles Plat­ting.

Karl, also known as Fat Neck, is pals with a host of Manch­ester’s most fa­mous mu­sic stars.

And his friend­ship with the late, great Clash front­man Joe Strum­mer has also in­spired the band he man­ages, The Back­han­ders, to write their new sin­gle, Camp­fire, in his hon­our.

Karl, 47, from Droylsden, ex­plains: “I first met Joe at Bez’s son’s 4th birth­day party and he in­vited me to his fa­mous Camp­fire par­ties.

“Then he sent me a photo al­bum from the Camp­fire, with hand­writ­ten mes­sages about the images. The band have used those words as in­spi­ra­tion and lyrics in their new song, and it’s sound­ing great.”

The band, front­man Stephen “Chaddy” Chad­wick, bassist Matty Owen, gui­tarist Peter Clark and drum­mer Dan Hughes, had one of their big­gest gigs yet re­cently, per­form­ing ahead of the big Black Grape re­u­nion at the Old Granada Stu­dios.

It was some­what full cir­cle for Karl - who fa­mously in­spired Black Grape’s song “Fat Neck” and ap­peared in the video for the song back in the late 90s. Karl says: “I was at the Ha­cienda from the be­gin­ning and I got to know the whole mu­sic crowd from then on.

“And I re­ally be­lieve I can take The Back­han­ders to the top, they’ve got a great sound.”

The band, who de­scribe their style as “indie mu­sic with a punk men­tal­ity” first got to­gether 18 months ago.

Front­man Chaddy says: “We’ve known Fat Neck for years and he’s like a fifth mem­ber of the band now.

“We want to bring the punk spirit back to mu­sic, there’s so many man­u­fac- tured bands out there now, or bands get­ting back to­gether but it’ not bring­ing any­thing new to the scene, it’s just re­peat­ing it­self.”

Karl has also been pen­ning his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

●● Karl Power (left) has now set up his own mu­sic stu­dio and has a new band The Back­han­ders

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