Some of you may know Steven Wells (aka Swells) from his days as a rant poet when he went under the name of Seething Wells or from his articles when he wrote for the weekly music magazine NME. Swells was also one of the support acts at the Redskins debut gig, penned the sleeve notes to the Redskins live album and is friends with Redskins bassist Martin Bottomley. Anyway, Swells is now living in America and writes for the Philadelphia Weekly. Below is his latest article which isn't good news.
Post by leftxwingxscum on Jul 14, 2006 15:13:17 GMT -5
Sadly enough what he writes is very true. One of my friends had cancer and was sent to the same hospital and it was just as he describes it...minus the cussing geriatric...didnt get to see any of those. Hope he's doing well.
We're anti-racist so they call us left-wing scum, but who'll be laughin when we got the nazis on the run?
Have fond memories of Susan. He was a c*nt but a very nice one.
When i was in 'The Way', towards the end of 1987, we did an interview in London with the Morning Star newspaper and afterwards we went round to the flat in Wembley that Swells shared with Martin Hewes. They weren't expecting us although i had warned S that we were going to 'pop-in' for 'a chat'. When we arrived S wasn't there and Martin made us feel very welcome (he knew me from their gigs) and told us lots of Redskins stories. I seem to recall that Martin didn't have many possessions 'cept for a very old/nice Fender Precision Bass and lots of books/records. When S arrived i think he was a little affronted that we had crossed the line between his work and his private life but HEY we were 17/18 and we were from Mexborough and there were no (London) rules for us. Anyway, the interview commenced and i got the feeling that after 10 minutes he was taking the piss a bit so we retaliated in finest Northern stylee as i recall. Needless to say the interview was never published and we only ever had one (great) live review in the N.M.E. (though something tells me Swells was doing stuff for 'Sounds' too at the time - maybe i'm mistaken?). Anyway, we got our own back by phoning the bass player from BBC TV's RockSchool (Henry Thomas) and booking some bass lessons for Swells at about £50 a pop (a load of dosh back then). The next thing i know Swells is on the phone to my mum saying "What the f*cks going on!!!". We were on the upstairs phone at the same time pissing ourselves laughing.
We later did gigs with Attilla the Stockbroker and, of course, told him of our frolics with Swells. He also pissed himself though i'm sure he would be well upset to learn of Steven's current situation.
I wrote to Susan (as i like to call him) immediately to try and cheers the c*nt up and offered our best wishes and a speedy recovery from us all at the Redskins messageboards. If he replies i'll let y'all know. Fingers crossed for a man who has 'RESPECT' written through him like a stick of Blackpool rock.