MEET THE NEW RECRUIT
Tom introduces himself as the new Professional:
the fuck is Steve Jones? He's one of the reasons I play guitar. I was
ten when 'Never Mind The Bollocks' came out. My dad bought it and hated
it, so gave it to me. It was an early copy with a free single. It still
has its £2.99 Woolworth sticker on it. Doubt if it's worth anything
now, cos I played it to death on a shitty old gramophone system -
weighing down the needle with pennies to stop the jumping.
bought the Swindle singles as they came out.....and then The
Professionals stuff. My point is, I'd love to see Jones up there
playing it, but right now it's not an option. He's in LA and isn't
tempted So, should the other three members not bother? Should I have
turned the job down?.....bollocks to that! There are great songs that
never got a proper live airing at the time.
have been great, hearing those songs come to life. There are three
legendary original members involved. Cookie of course, then Ray McVeigh
and Paul Myers.
Why me? I've spent years on the road, touring the
world, with bands from Big Boy Tomato, The Lurkers, Sugarsnatch, The
Yoyos, Ginger Wildheart, The Dogs D'Amour, The Loyalties and now The
Men They Couldn't Hang. All those bands have turned me
not Steve Jones but it's an honour to front the band. So I'm going to
give those songs the respect, energy and attitude they deserve.