Prankster Karl hitting a new note
INFAMOUS Manc prankster Karl Power is hoping to hit a new career high note - running his own recording studios and managing up-andcoming indie band The Backhanders.
Karl is famed for his high-profile sporting pranks, including lining up alongside Manchester 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.