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25 Years of Attila On The Mike!

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 25 Years of Attila on the mike*

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 head-space in your face what is he like!

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 rock gigs cafes the unis and the squats

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 anti-fascist youth centres festivals the lot

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 he’s a social ‘ institution’ but not for the Queen

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 sure is the loudest fan Brighton’s ever seen

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 free-thinking beer-drinking gigging all the time

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 like fuel to the fire or a fag in your wine?

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 he’s The Clash meets Belloc in an alley in the dark

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 or Max Wall ranting with John Cooper Clark

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 if you ask him for another he always says yes

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 he’s given more benefits than DHSS

13 Leave a comment on verse 13 0 never sold out when the going got fluffy

14 Leave a comment on verse 14 0 hates straight poets getting arty and stuffy

15 Leave a comment on verse 15 0 he booked me once but he laid down the facts

16 Leave a comment on verse 16 0 ” I bloody hate drum machines and hippy type sax”

17 Leave a comment on verse 17 0 political and critical committed to the cause

18 Leave a comment on verse 18 0 throws out lines like nets along the shores

19 Leave a comment on verse 19 0 he’s a peace-gladiator leaping into the crowd

20 Leave a comment on verse 20 0 he never pussy-foots an’ he scats out loud

21 Leave a comment on verse 21 0 if you meet him at a gig he’s all thoughtful and placid

22 Leave a comment on verse 22 0 but when he’s out-front he’s Darth Vader on acid

23 Leave a comment on verse 23 0 he’s a neo-weird surrealist he’s done stuff live

24 Leave a comment on verse 24 0 from Hove to Albania and every down-dive

25 Leave a comment on verse 25 0 Australia New Zealand down in Rumania

26 Leave a comment on verse 26 0 Ireland The Netherlands and up in Scandinavia

27 Leave a comment on verse 27 0 in Germany and Austria he blew them all away

28 Leave a comment on verse 28 0 I wish I’d seen him gigging in the US of A!

29 Leave a comment on verse 29 0 he’s comin’ from the heart but he’s darker than The Joker

30 Leave a comment on verse 30 0 thank god there’s only one Attila The Stockbroker

31 Leave a comment on verse 31 0 now he rants like a rapper from the stage or the stand

32 Leave a comment on verse 32 0 got words like steam an’ a pint in his hand

33 Leave a comment on verse 33 0 he’s a post-punk poet with a cynical name

34 Leave a comment on verse 34 0 but he stamps his presence like a striker in a game

35 Leave a comment on verse 35 0 he’s a rebel-man survivor got total control

36 Leave a comment on verse 36 0 when the crap hits the fan he’s got rhymes full o’ soul

37 Leave a comment on verse 37 0 he’s a mean violinist and he plays that guitar

38 Leave a comment on verse 38 0 like a household appliance but he’s never been a star

39 Leave a comment on verse 39 0 got the passion of a lion in a pantomime

40 Leave a comment on verse 40 0 but he stuck to his views like a blues man cryin’

41 Leave a comment on verse 41 0 twenty five years been honing his craft

42 Leave a comment on verse 42 0 some say he’s arrogant some say he’s daft

43 Leave a comment on verse 43 0 some say he’s angry thank god he is

44 Leave a comment on verse 44 0 thank god he’s never been Mister Showbiz

45 Leave a comment on verse 45 0 surprise surprise I ain’t talking bout Cilla

46 Leave a comment on verse 46 0 talking ’bout the man and I’m talkin’ bout Attila

47 Leave a comment on verse 47 0 now back in the eighties he was out on his own

48 Leave a comment on verse 48 0 reaching them places other poets don’t show in

49 Leave a comment on verse 49 0 racism – fascism – hate all around

50 Leave a comment on verse 50 0 nothing phased Attilla he was strutting over-ground

51 Leave a comment on verse 51 0 soaked up the anger from the bigots in the land

52 Leave a comment on verse 52 0 built up a fan-base right across the land

53 Leave a comment on verse 53 0 got balls of steels got a heart of stone

54 Leave a comment on verse 54 0 from Southwick to Glaston’bry out on his own

55 Leave a comment on verse 55 0 yelling out verses like a trader on a stall

56 Leave a comment on verse 56 0 he’s an MC DJ an’ he lives football

57 Leave a comment on verse 57 0 and when they start to heckle shoutin’ ” what are you on?”

58 Leave a comment on verse 58 0 never bats an eye he just blasts on strong

59 Leave a comment on verse 59 0 the guys’ no Laureate he gives it his best

60 Leave a comment on verse 60 0 but he sure looks macho in his trusty Brighton vest

61 Leave a comment on verse 61 0 never thought they’d ever ‘twig’ what he stood for

62 Leave a comment on verse 62 0 down in the preciousness of Radio Four

63 Leave a comment on verse 63 0 but he’s the man – the main man

64 Leave a comment on verse 64 0 and he sure ain’t on no forty-five grand

65 Leave a comment on verse 65 0 ’cause he’s loud he’s in charge

66 Leave a comment on verse 66 0 been giving it and living it large

67 Leave a comment on verse 67 0 and he’s here he’s like beer

68 Leave a comment on verse 68 0 or a brew that gets stronger every year

69 Leave a comment on verse 69 0 an’ he’s stuck to his art like a tube of Polyfilla

70 Leave a comment on verse 70 0 but I’m still really grateful there’s only one Attila!***

Do visit Attila The Stockbroker’s web-site for more info gig news and stuff at http://www.attilathestockbroker.com/

* 25 years gigging! Just wanted to try to give it up for ‘The Bloke’. God knows what he’ll make of this! Nevertheless ,to me and many , he is The ‘Godfather of Performance Punk Poetry & Music’ . The relentess and endless stuff, gigs,benefits and promotions of others he’s done over the last quarter of a century is literally amazing..I also can’t really see Micheal Aspel doing a This Is Your Life for him either…

.Among everthing he’s done and stood for along the way, he is and was, the first ‘known’ and recognised poet to actually recognize and contribute to our little site back in 2000. Not exactly ‘big’ on Chelski at the moment though! His scathing attack on money and the game in ‘Donkey Sanctuary’ is brilliantly brutal. His writing and fighting for a ground for his beloved ‘Seagulls’ is legendary (especially in Worthing!) and even got him into the charts recently! Stu and I supported him in Cheltenham once on the eve of Town v Albion and he invited us to appear at Glastonwick Festival which was a blast!

** Brighton & Hove Albion FC Poet in Resident MC and DJ since 2000/2001…expect tannoy poems and punk music pre-match and at half-time!

*** imagine two!

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/25-years-of-attila-on-the-mike/