• Sick on You

  • The Disastrous Story of Britain's Great Lost Punk Band
  • By: Andrew Matheson
  • Narrated by: Andrew Matheson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 21-07-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (18 ratings)

Summary

Mojo Magazine's book of the year.
The Hollywood Brats are the greatest band you've never heard of. Recording one near-perfect punk album in 1974, they were tragically ahead of their time.
With only a guitar, a tatty copy of Melody Maker and his template for the perfect band, Andrew Matheson set out, in 1971, to make musical history. His band, The Hollywood Brats, were prepunk prophets - uncompromising, ultrathin, wild, untamable and outrageous. But thrown into the crazy world of the 1970s London music scene, the Brats ultimately fell afoul of the crooks and heavies that ran it and an industry that just wasn't ready for them.
Directly inspiring the London SS, the Clash, Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols, The Hollywood Brats imploded too soon to share the glory. Punk's answer to Withnail and I, Sick on You is a startling, funny and brilliantly entertaining period memoir about never quite achieving success, despite flying so close to greatness.
©2015 Andrew Matheson (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By M Thomas on 18-11-17

Go tumble with them

I first came across the Hollywood Brats when their album was re-released in the early 90s and loved it.

I wouldn't say it was like nothing I'd ever heard but that's only because everyone has "borrowed" from it or borrowed from those that had borrowed from it...

So while most other bios document the rise and fall (and sometimes their rise again) their tale of being before their time and taking pretty much every wrong turn is more like a plane struggling to get off the ground with occasional hops into the air that inevitably see them crash back down.

The whole tale of dodgy managers, promoters, gangsters and canal boats is told by Andrew Matheson, the lead singer and one of the main songwriters. He tells it like a the energetic and witty raconteur he is and never strays far from Tony Wilson's sage advice "if you have the option of printing the truth and printing the legend, print the legend".

This all adds up to a thoroughly entertaining romp through the under belly of the early 70s music world.

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5 out of 5 stars
By CJ Smith on 17-11-17

Funny mate, really funny

The young Andrew Matheson and his merry band of diddies have a high opinion of themselves and their talent (an unmerited and unjustifiable high opinion of themselves) he might still have that opinion now he’s not so young but his story is bloody funny.
The Clash’s Sandanista is a hilarious comedy album don’t you know - we do now.

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