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Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, Mick Thomas is best known as the song master of Australian pub-rock icons Weddings Parties Anything. His ever-evolving talents as a writer and performer defines a career as intriguing as it is enduring. His knockabout image partly explains his close relationship with his audience.
They see him as one of them.
A loyal mob who have followed him from the Weddo’s through his solo career, Mick’s fans relate to his wistful, sentimental and nostalgic lyrics. Themes such as Australian history, fleeting or lost love, the bittersweet realities of life’s merry-go-round, alienation (and football), are wrapped in a positive, triumph over adversity message.
Mick’s current release is These Are the Songs, a lovingly crafted compilation spanning the past eighteen years and more of Mick Thomas’ creative life. From the wry and laconic observations of ‘The Lonely Goth’ to the wit and whimsy of ‘You Remind Me’, the soaring growl of ‘Hard Currency’ to the pure joyous on-the-road fun of ‘Sleep on Your Floor’ and ‘The Last of the Tourists’, this is a classic set of tunes performed by a loose but lovingly selected bunch of players. The album is the companion to the book These Are the Days, a joyous autobiographical tale of an inspired and uniquely Australian creative force.
For Mick’s European shows he will be accompanied by long-time musical cohort and maestro of the stomach Steinway (accordion) Mr Mark ‘Squeezebox’ Wally.
He toured East Germany four times before The Wall came down and twice more immediately afterwards, was involved in the first ever Punk performance in Stalinist Albania and had to turn down playing in North Korea because he was already booked to tour sensible old Canada. He once stood in for Donny Osmond at a gig. He was targeted by fascists during the early 1980s and, as well as the physical stuff, once had a 10 minute stand up political argument with notorious Nazi band Skrewdriver singer Ian Stuart in the middle of a Black Flag gig at the 100 Club in London’s Oxford Street.
Having got an encore as the support act, he was thrown out of his own gig by the bouncers on the orders of the main act John Cale, one of his all-time musical heroes. His support acts have included Manic Street Preachers, Julian Clary, New Model Army, and Billy Bragg.
Attila has been involved in most of the great political battles and movements of recent times. Rock Against Racism/Anti-Nazi League/Anti-Fascist Action, Miners’ Strike, Wapping dispute, Red Wedge, Poll Tax, campaigns against two Gulf Wars: Attila has been there, done the benefit and worn the T-shirt. Add in his many tours of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
Near home, Attila has done every Glastonbury Festival since 1983 and organises his own beer/music extravaganza. Glastonwick, in his native West Sussex. He was at the heart of a 15-year campaign to save his beloved Brighton & Hove Albion FC from oblivion.Above all, though, his message is a simple one: you don’t need to be ‘a celebrity’ to have a wonderful life earning your living doing what you love.
Above all, his message is simple: you don’t need to be ‘a celebrity’ to have a wonderful life earning your living doing what you love. You just have to have a way with words, the self-confidence and organisational ability of Napoleon and a skin thicker than the armour of a Chieftain tank.
Doors open 7pm
Attila The Stockbroker (from 7:30pm)
Mick Thomas (from 8:30pm)
Thursday 16th November, 2017, 7pm-10:30pm
Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette St, London W1D 4JB
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