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Shack (2006)

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages audio, May 2006

John Head talks about the brothers' childhood; borrowing his dad's guitar, the family being musical, and their mother's death. Mick Head talks about becoming a musician and forming the Pale Fountains; signing to Virgin, John joining the band; moving to London and the end of the Pale Fountains. Mick talks about his heroin habit and being a songwriter. They talk about returning to Liverpool and starting Shack; the albums Zilch and Waterpistol; backing Love's Arthur Lee; kicking heroin and recording H.M.S. Fable; the new album ... the Corner of Miles and Gil; getting his teeth knocked out, and signing to Noel Gallagher's label.

File format: mp3; file size: 92.4mb, interview length: 1h 36' 13" sound quality: ** (background noise)

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Sleeve notes by Kieron Tyler, unpublished, December 2017

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Sleeve notes by Kieron Tyler, unpublished, December 2017

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see also Pale Fountains, The

see also Michael Head


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