|Gonna Send Her Back To Walker|
Yes the grammar's not great and I've been pulled up on here for bad grammar by people before but it was the B side to House Of The Rising Sun back in about 1964 and the east end suburb hasn't had fame like it since. Ian Bogie, Denis Tuert and Shola Ameobi all hail from there as did of course the great white blues voice of this track Eric Burdon. This is also the theme music of a great trailer of a film called 'Pissheads' which was all about the last pub in the flat basin area of Newcastle 'The Walker Arms' (it's actually called The County) being earmarked for closure. Go to youtube and type in Pissheads the promo. It's very funny.
Me and my missus went to The Birds Nest in Walker on May 2nd 1997. If you can't bring any significance from that date to mind then let me remind you. It was the day that Tony Blair swept to power with a 170 something majority (I can't remember the exact number it was fuckin massive though) and on that night we decided to go to the nearest pub. It was on Walker Road and it was rough as tits.
Aye the good old working classes wronged by Thatcher and now was a chance to dance on the Tory's grave. Walker, an old shipyard area with mass unemployment would surely have a party that you could only dream about??!!! Dream on Guardian readers!! No fucker even mentioned it in the pub. They were very friendly. Fuckin rogues but very friendly. There was a quiz going on, they knew where the St. Ledger was run but they had no idea about the private schoolboy who had stormed into number 10 vowing that things could only get better. Until a real person leads the people, the people will never give a shit and we'll all get metaphorically sent back to Walker.
I was in Winchester on Tuesday. Another Uni gig but just about playable. What I found most amazing was the Irsh act I was working with (no names today I'm afraid) fuckin gutted in the dressing room to hear that Northern Ireland were winning in Portugal. They seem to hate everything about them. Happy to pinch their players though.
Right that's a subject I'm not in the habit of talking about on this blog, it'll spill into tribal shite. The point of it was I just find a lot of comics more childish than they should be. We're supposed to laugh at this kind of infantile shit, not join in. Mind you singing things can only get better and actually believing it back in 97 while at the same time not even letting your cleaner visit The Birds Nest is a piece of behaviour from the very top that does filter on down. A Tory? Me? Never. A New Labour fan? Me? Also never and just as vociferously. I'm in the Birmingham Glee for the next three days, get yourselves down Brummies. Speak tomorrow.
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written by Mark Rough , October 18, 2012