Sad to hear Mick Green, guitarist and Pirates' captain, is no longer with us.
So a good chance to celebrate his music.
As one of the instigators of what came to be known as 'Pub-rock' (The Pirates featured on the now-legendary Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival (1977) compilation album), The Pirates' tight, choppy, full-tilt blues and boogie influenced many a band following in their wake.
And without Mick Green there would have been no Wilko Johnson - an admirer who also went on to influence a multitude.
Back in the early-eighties, Dingwalls was celebrating a birthday or something, and The Pirates, very nearly the club's house band, were headlining.
They played a blinding set, and had a Strat playing Lemmy [!] join them for the encore.
Made for one of the best nights I ever had in Camden Town.
So for that, and the rest: Cheers Mick.
And, Long Live The Pirates!
The Pirates - Out Of Their Skulls (1977)
Please Don't Touch
I Can Tell
Shakin' All Over
Milk Cow Blues
Drinkin' Wine Spo'De'O'D
Do the Dog
Gibson Martin Fender
Don't Munchen It
That's the Way You Are
You Don't Own Me
Decent vinyl rip @320kbs
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Dig Pub rock? Check out boogie woody's wicked post for lots of Pub rock related stuff, go there for more Pirates' material, the esential Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival album, and more.