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  TONY MOTTRAM'S SHOT OF THE MONTH
LONG LIVE COW PUNK ROCK


tony mottram



This chapter has been a while in the making and at time of writing I hope the Gig Of The Week is listed as Warner E Hodges at the Borderline and some of you rockers were lucky enough to catch the show. Rumour was Dave "Bucket" Collwell, friend and ex Bad Company and Empire to mention a couple, was planning to go along to jam with the band.

I first saw Jason And The Scorchers back in April 1984 playing The Venue, Victoria, live and a session for the Sounds magazine cover (shown below) then at Dingwalls, Camden a week later. The band were fantastic, full of attitude and pure Rock n' Roll described as Cow Punk!

They surely kicked ass!

When they returned to the Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London the following July I was despatched to shoot live images for another review. When I delivered the B/W 10"x8" to the magazine I was told the so called journalist never showed up at the gig to do his review! A waste of my time! Loss of earnings! I was not amused... so I told the mag that my girlfriend at the time would write the review and copy would be delivered the next morning.

At home that night we managed to get some complimentary words together about one of the best shows I'd seen at the club. When I found out who had been sent to write up the gig I was I was glad he hadn't made it, a wannabe Jah man who would have been rather less than accommodating to a group of Nashville resident Scorcher Punks or to him Red Neck rockers who certainly did not deserve a press backlash.

In May 1985 Jason And The Scorchers played The Camden Electric Ballroom and I was lucky enough to meet up with them for a drink and a chat and they thanked me for my photography and the cover exposure Sounds gave them but the term "kick ass" and some other Britishisms came over as a bit of a profanity to Jason's mother who was proud of what the boys had achieved over the pond in Europe.

Later that year I took up the invitation to meet the band and their record company in Nashville while on a holiday where I learnt more about the other side of country, the other side of Nashville. We have stayed in contact all these years and in 2010 I shot a new Scorchers promo session in Leicester with designer Paul Needham and a Dan Baird/Warner homemade sin shoot.

Below are more live images from the Ramblin Man Festival and the original image and t-shirt I gave Warner at The recent Musician venue gig.

Long Live Farmer Jason, Warner E, Dan B and his Sinners, Scorchers & Cow Punk Rock...!

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Click here for Tony's previous Shot Of The Month columns

Limited edition art prints are available on Tony's site by clicking here. Tony is also happy to speak with anyone who needs images...












 


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