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“The trouble is we’ve got too many great songs”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2003

The Wildhearts warm up in rare fashion in Harlow · Words by Kris Coverdale I’m wedged between chain smoking man to my left, whirling dervish pointy elbowed woman to the front and a camera wielding maniac to my right. All this in a venue as hot as Satan’s asshole and twice as cramped. But it […]

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The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed

Friday, June 20th, 2003

In the studio with Ginger early in the making of the forthcoming album ‘The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed’ · Words by Kris Coverdale It’s with a more than a little trepidation that I walk down a darkened road in North London, looking for an address where I’ve arranged to meet Rudy & Gary (The Wildhearts […]

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Motorvatin’ – Silver Ginger 5 on the road

Friday, November 16th, 2001

November 2001 · Words by Ginger – Transcribed by Darren Stockford Saturday 3 November – Glasgow Garage First tour, first date, first time on the road clean and sober. Man, this is fucking weird! The thing about being sober is that you notice everything! People getting drunk is really funny. The point between conversation and […]

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Won’t You Take Me With You When You Go…

Friday, June 8th, 2001

Ginger and AntiProduct, unplugged · Diary by Darren Stockford A Ginger gig? In South Shields? Complete with an instore mini-set at the new, improved Changes One? Followed by another gig in London? Aw, s’gotta be done, right?! It was. Well and truly. Thursday 7th June We came, we saw, we ate some Jaffa Cakes. 5.15 […]

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Pray For Me Mama (I’m A Geordie Now)

Wednesday, May 30th, 2001

In the studio with Jason Ringenberg and The Wildhearts · Words by Darren Stockford It’s like something from a movie. Perhaps a fantasy sequence in High Fidelity? The camera (in a low shot) glides through the studio door. On the floor lies Danny McCormack, curled up in the foetal position, purring like a cat. Pan […]

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Sonic Shake Appeal

Thursday, November 9th, 2000

SilverGinger 5 Live at the Scala, London · 9th November 2000 · Review by Darren Stockford, photos by Clay Roberts “If something started to go wrong, we’d just think, what would Iggy do?” Ginger’s standing in the upstairs bar explaining the method behind his band’s madness. Two hours earlier they’d launched the starship SilverGinger in […]

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Hi Ho Silver Shining

Thursday, June 1st, 2000

Silver Ginger 5 – Black Leather Mojo · Record review by Darren Stockford There’s a scene in the 1988 movie John Lennon: Imagine in which a reporter from the New York Times takes to task the greatest songwriter of his generation for trying to do something more with his life than just twist and shout. […]

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Pieces Of Silver

Friday, November 26th, 1999

In the studio with Ginger · 26th November 1999 · Words by Darren Stockford Ginger strikes a match. “Stop doggin’ meeeeeee…..” The final note of his vocal goes on forever. Babies are conceived, born and reach school age; governments rise and fall; continents drift. And… relax. Ginger lights a fag with what’s left of the […]

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Shellfish Bastards: Clam & Clint’s Tour Diary

Friday, August 6th, 1999

Transcribed by Darren Stockford Monday 19 July – Cheltenham Attic CLAM: Today’s show was the first of the tour and, I would imagine, the weirdest. It really was like starting life all over again. The Wildhearts never played these venues before, and the audience were a little freaked out that it was so different. Danny […]

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Ginger’s Arrest: The Comic

Tuesday, August 3rd, 1999

by Giorgio Venturati The time: 12.15 pm. The date: Sunday 1 August 1999. The place: a hotel in York. A van arrived to take Clam Abuse and their entourage to Liverpool for that night’s gig. It parked up outside the hotel in Longfield Terrace, a narrow street, which meant that the vehicle was blocking the […]

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