Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Spider/Akron, OH/ 3-22-06
with Thee Difficult & The Same Things

i met Eric Goulden in the late '70's (early '80's?) at Stiff Records in London: great songwriter/a charming gent/bit of a sot at the time. i had come over on a mission - i was determined to get my royalties for The Waitresses' songs on The Akron Compilation. Stiff was unbelievably successful...which was easy to do when you don't pay anybody. when we signed with them, it was all 'cowboy music biz' - "contract? sure!...write your own, and we'll sign it!" - which was also easy to do since they never had any intention of honoring anything you came up with. i walked in the door, breezed past the flak-catcher Phillipa (later Eric's wife) with ridiculous ease. what the fuck? i was ushered in to Paul Conroy's office, assertively demanded my which he promptly wrote a check for 150 pounds. again...what the fuck? too easy. well, there ya go, i thought...a Yank with brass balls can even get the most slippery UK record company to do the right thing.

later at the pub Eric, explained to me that Madness (with their entire rudeskinheadbovverboy entourage) had been in a few days before demanding their royalties...and that there had been a nasty punch-up with the police involved. The Stiff folks were simply trying to avoid another spot of unpleasantness.

Ta, Eric. and Ta, Madness.

WE with Amy Rigby as guest chantoozee

Bongo Bob contemplates the nuances of the performance, while Derf things of 347 ways of causing Your Intrepid Reporter great pain.

Wreckless Eric/Official Home Page:
um...which appears to be dysfunctional (how apropos).
info at:

Amy Rigby/Official Home Page:


this is an audio post - click to play

NP: Wreckless Eric/"The Whole Wide World" and "Fuck-by-Fuck-by-Fuck" & Amy Rigby/"I Don't Want To Talk About Love No More"

PEEVE DE JOUR: the drive thru Pennsylneckvania i've gotta do on like 4 hours sleep


Blogger mr blur said...

I will, however, be always grateful to Stiff for the t-shirts and button badges reading "If It Ain't Stiff It Ain't Worth A Fuck". I remember some cool young punk arrested (arrested!) for wearing one in Liverpool railway station.

And "In '78 everyone born in '45 will be 33-1/3"

Along with Ian Dury, Madness, Larry Wallis, Nick Lowe, Wreckless, The Damned... oh, you know.

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KA [ yes i know. huge respect for the label's roster/cheek.


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