The year is 1976, and Gary Lammin is playing guitar
for the scorching, no holds barred boot boy punk band........
Lammin along with bass player Steve Burgess begins to co-write
what is now considered among many Cock Sparrer fans as the 9
crucial songs from those glorious years of 1976/1977.
Songs that were and still are seared in the cosmos forever.
"Running Riot", "Chip On my Shoulder", "Again And Again", "Sister
Suzie", "Taken for A Ride", "Sunday Stripper", "I Need A
Witness", "Teenage Heart" and "Platinum Blonde".
At the time of these sessions at Decca Recording Studios in
Hampstead, Lammin hit on the idea of covering the Rolling Stones
spaced out drug dirge "We Love You". However, Lammin has a vision
of "We Love You" played in the style of the New York Dolls "Jet
Boy" via Slades "Mamma We're All Crazy Now".
Lammin enthusiastically sets out to convince everyone that seeing
as the Stones were once on Decca, as were now Cock Sparrer, and
the Stones were the original anti-establishment band, that to
turn "We Love You" into a loud, raucous football terrace rocker
would be a dramatic and paradoxical artistic statement........
Was Lammin right?
Well put it this way, on its release Melody Maker made "We Love
You" record of the week. Enough said!!
The Little Roosters
were the next opportunity for Lammin to make a nuisance of
himself... and he did....!
Now spending much of his time either in the suburbs of Paris, or
along the south coast near Montpellier, and choosing to dress in
clobber reminiscent of a sixteenth century Renaissance sculptor
The French national newspaper "Liberation" described Lammin and
his Little Roosters as..... "That exiled troupe of circus clowns
on acid. The Village of the Damned no doubt being lined up to be
their next conquest........" Lammin explains..."I wanted to
create this kind of Dudley Moore meets Bertand Russell sort of
atmosphere... you know.... beautifully absurd and on the verge of
discovering some mind blowing revelations... it was all too mad
really I suppose."
The Little Roosters released one album in France, which featured
Alison Moyet on guest vocals... It also featured Joe Strummer on
piano who also produced the album.
Perhaps the French newspaper "Liberation" was right all along
about the Little Roosters... circus clowns on acid indeed......
Next came Lammin's venture into the world of film acting when the
celebrated film director Ken Loach offered him a part in the film
award winning film...
That part led to several other parts and now with numerous film
and television credits added to his C.V. and a film script that
Gary has written being geared up for production. Lammin has at
long last returned to the guitar... He has recorded several songs
with legendary Sex Pistols producer Dave Goodman and now goes out
playing solo, having crafted out a ferocious and raucous slide
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Paul: 07778 333 311