Another veteran of the underground now, the
mighty Neil Crud, ex front man of M&E spacepunk legends, Sons Of Selina,
featured on our 2017 United World Underground Collection in the shape of
the excellent live album, "Now Give Me Back My Cake" (M&E 321, 1995).
These days Cruddy is setting the world (well, certainly the odd punk fest
in places like the Czech Republic) on fire with Spam Javelin, and if you
haven't yet experienced "Nazi Line Dancers Fuck Off", where have you been?
Certainly worth checking them out on Bandcamp, of course, and they've
recently finished mixing a new album, due for release (on vinyl!!!) in the
summer. It's called "Alabama Hot Pocket", which sounds decidedly polite by
their normal standards ("Arseholageddon", for example, which Neil promises
was in no way inspired by me), but I'd just bet it means something
seriously offensive. Shameful...
Spam Javelin during their
Euro Tour of 2017, Neil on the right
Neil also works hard bigging up his home
region of North Wales, which is the largest suburb of Liverpool (famous
for losing the 1988 FA Cup Final to Wimbledon), situated to the south west
of the city. The lion's share of the work towards this aim is done via his
Link 2 Wales website, which he's been doing for aeons. It's not
exclusively Welsh stuff, rather more Cymru-centric, certainly having no
prejudice against anything beyond the borders. I contributed a blog to it
briefly, back around the end of 2012 / beginning of 2013. I only did
three, but I certainly owe the guy a debt of gratitude for giving me the
opportunity, as it inspired to start some serious writing for this
website, which I'd started only a few months earlier. Once I really got
going with that though, well, it didn't leave much time for writing for
anybody else. Dyna fywyd,
as they say. If you're local, it's a great source of info for gigs and
events, and if you're not, it's a great source of info on releases and
stuff from the bands that are. Absolutely years worth of archive stuff to
look back on too...
M&E Blog Links;
His other main activity today is as a radio
presenter on Tudno FM, a charitable community radio organisation, funded
largely by the likes of the Welsh Assembly, Conwy Council and the National
Lottery. Neil's show goes out at 20:00 alternate Sunday nights (UK local
time), 107.8 FM and via the internet. Worth mentioning that some of the
shows and live sessions are archived on Mixcloud too, you'll find a link
for that on the Link 2 Wales home page. So what can the listener expect?
"The format is to play great music and there are no rules, although the
show does lean heavily toward alternative bands and acts associated with
North Wales." He's not kidding about no rules; for example, X Ray Pop were
one of the bands he picked to play from our United World Underground
Collection, not punk, not from Wales, and I'm reasonably sure Doc Pilot
doesn't support the Reds! He was also kind enough to give our
"Creavolution Reborn" CD a spin recently, "Demonic Attack", I believe. You
don't get a playlist as such, but you can follow the show live on the
So, what keeps him going after all these
years? "Not sure why I do it..." he ponders, "probably through blind
stupidity... I never watch TV, it's all music and gigs and gigs and
music." Sounds like as good an excuse as any.
For further information, particularly on
Sons Of Selina and the M&E era, I interviewed Neil for The Magic Net back
in the January of 2013. Back when he had hair. Nevertheless, we remain
friends to this day... ;-)
Magic (left) and Charlie Crud were actually born on the same day, 12th
March 2013, our Twizz just slightly the senior. Neil isn't really
cross-eyed, he was just pulling a silly face for our babies...
Neil and I
remaining friends to this day, meeting up at the Rebellion punk festival
in Blackpool in the summer of 2017. I missed him in 2018 unfortunately,
somebody had warned him I was going...