interview took place at Virgin
Records London HQ during the height
of the year-long miners strike (led
by the National Union of Miners
high-profile leader Arthur Scargill), one
of the defining events of 1980s Britain.
the interview began, a Virgin employee
poked his head around the door to ask if
Andy and the band would like to do a
benefit for the miners. Andy said no,
looked at me and started talking almost
non-stop for the next hour or so, guided
only by some very gentle steering on my
"... We won't be
doing a miner's benefit. We don't do gigs
anyway but I don't like violence. I don't
think the way to win friends and
influence people is to attack them and
that is what Scargill seems to be
advocating. I think the miners are being
used as an excuse. I can see so much of
the personality thing going on, big
earted Arthur trying to get himself
into the history books.
It stinks of me, me,
me and not us. The fundamental
mistake was not balloting the miners in
the first place It went downhill from
there. Its a democratic union being
operated at a sort of fascist level where
youre told what to do an not given
"We did a Rock
Against Racism gig. It suddenly struck me
that it was a bloody great cause but we
might as well have done a National Front
benefit for old people. Its a great
cause but all the money goes into
potentially extreme pockets.
disgustingly moderate, you see. I find
extreme left and extreme right very
worrying. It can be a great cause but
look whose behind it with the tin cup.
Nowadays youve got to be young and
socialist with an enormous fringe.
Its horrible, Its like having
to have The Kit. Lets get the
fringe. Lets get the socialist
connections, it stinks of fashion
and fashion is horrible in any case.
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