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It’s been a bit of a summer


I know I haven’t blogged in ages…..sorry.

But with the summer shenanigans it was a little tricky to say anything, so it was easier to say nothing and hope I’d remember stuff. Obviously having a few nights heavily sedated on love n Guinness……I’ve forgotten the lot.

It’s not often you can say “I think I’ve just done the biggest gig of my life”. In terms of audience I think it’s true and I’ve done it. A stadium of 80,000 and an estimated worldwide audience of 1 billion watched us proudly sing Ian Dury’s classic Spasticus Autisticus as part of the opening ceremony.

It was brilliant to be part of it all.

Jenny Sealy is just an amazing woman who I’ve been privileged to get to know and work for. We had shared a few rocky roads getting Spasticus onto that big stage and we shared chats n texts about the dilemmas of how it would be perceived and then getting the various concerned peeps to understand that the song was so important…and fine….people would get it….it’s our song! Jenny is just so strong, sincere, passionate, hard working and a complete crazy punk…love her loads!

But to be honest, we always believed in the power and meaning of that song. This little collage helped things a bit too. I created it as a gift for te reasons gang on our first tour and Ian says it all:


After the big one we party’d to excess and walking home through Hackney in the morning we could see in the news stands….we had plenty of media coverage, tv news and front page news on every paper, which was lully and strange to deal with. I was lucky to get a few name checks in the various spreads which was nice. You could well be eating your chips on my name today! Getting recognised has been a bit regular and weird too, but again, lully. I had an interesting channel 4 news interview and then we rocked Hackney Empire, The Grosvener House Hotel, Trafalgar Square.

Our final ever Reasons To Be Cheerful gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank. This gig was to celebrate the end of a brilliant Unlimited Festival, the closing of the Paralympics and to thank the thousands who have come to see, support and rock with us at Reasons for the last two years. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the reaction from the QEH crowd to every song…especially the end of sex n drugs ad then Spasticus…they set the hairs off on the back of my neck alright.

So, forgive me for not writing before now…still unpacking it to be honest, so I will right a bit more sooner or later.

Thanks to everyone for the hundreds and hundreds of lully, lully messages of support. Don’t forget you can get Spasticus/where is it going with us and Orbital as a download on iTunes here Well worf a listen, even if I do say so myself!


And the future……..looking exciting sausages xx

  1. September 24, 2012 at 21:30

    Dear John, Great to have you back with us ‘plebs’ (well, it seems to be the word of the moment!), and I’m positively sizzling with anticipation for more news. Am I still in with a shout for two T shirts? I got a job in Warwickshire of all places, going ok so far! Take care and lots of Love, Chrissy and Robin XXXX (PS: Here’s the REAL thing!!!):

    You were all simply the best!

  2. September 24, 2012 at 21:34

    Cheers Robin, great to hear about the new job and yes, Tshirts in a pile to be posted…do mail me your addy. love to you and Chrissy x

  3. November 10, 2012 at 22:22

    T shirt and blog withdrawal reaching critical, please help!!!!! XXXX

  4. November 16, 2012 at 22:57

    Hi, Just found an alternative view of Spasticus!


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