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Amusing letter to EMI/Sex Pistols A&R man

Discussion in 'music' started by Fox, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. Fox

    Fox The sound of one hoof clopping

    I do love a challenge and if anyone has any ideas I'd be grateful. I found this letter yesterday to Nick Mobbs (boss of EMI's A&R at the time) on a website about Mike Thorne (new-boy and Sex Pistols' A&R man during their brief time at EMI) and was deeply impressed by the arrogance and lack of humility in its tone. Someone has (probably) quite rightly covered up the names to protect the letter's author but has left some clues and it's driving me crazy thinking who it could be:


    What we know:
    • The Name begins with "R" -- and probably an "o" -- Robert?
    • The name ends with a "g" and preceding that possibly another -- or a "y" -- definitely a descender
    • This "R"-person styled himself as a "leader" of this band (so probably greater than a two-piece)
    • This band was signed to EMI or Harvest before the Pistols meaning before Sept/Oct 1976
    • The name of the band has been omitted but the last two characters are 'PS' Spacing suggests approximately 8 characters (------PS) or possibly 3 (The?) + 5 (--- ---PS?) we know that last characters is not a 5 (see numeriform at the top of letter)

    (I have mostly ruled out Horslips -- never signed to EMI (though there are various distro deals) and no "lead" members starting with R or ending with g).
  2. nickl

    nickl pfm Member

    Hmmm. There was an album on Harvest by a group called Strapps in 1976, led by one Ross Stagg

    See here and here

    Must admit that I'd never heard of them before. Good question though!
  3. Anything

    Anything Member

    Have just listened to total garbage recordings by fox so I am loathe to respond to such a lower league individual. But anyway better late than never. I note that no one has dared to reproduce other letters sent by bona fide EMI/Harvest superstars complaining about the signing of the Sex Pistols. These folks are still very rich and no doubt would crucify those posting THEIR private correspondence. For the record the Sex Pistols were about ugliness... one murdered Nancy Spungen ... say no more. I have always detested ugliness and also lack of skill. I note for instance that the producer of Dark Side of the Moon has stated that he did MORE over dubs on the Sex Pistols than on the Floyd. Miscreants who can't play need lots and lots of goes at trying to make their record reach the required standard ..yet the Pistols were supposed to be spontaneously gifted. Lets face it they were a joke after Glenn left because he was the only one with talent. When I think about fakes like the Pistols I congratulate myself on my integrity if that makes me arrogant then I'm guilty as charged - but I'm also ..STILL.. pretty!
    R...... S....g BTW the letters over 30 years old - get a life underling!
  4. Simon Dawson

    Simon Dawson Angry, Ill & Ugly

    You are Mick Parry, and I claim my Daily Mail subscription ( or 50p, which ever is worth more).
  5. Anex

    Anex Señor Member

    Oh boy, a real life celebrity right here on PFM. Just wait til I tell the guys.
  6. Still

    Still he said his naim was ralph

    I'm guessing Rick Wakeman, as it was recently reported he's reformed.
  7. Fox

    Fox The sound of one hoof clopping

    I feel honoured. A zombie thread resurrection, by a newbie, its first post, on its day of joining *and* I get to be called a "lower league individual". Win win win.
  8. jimb0

    jimb0 Jelly Roll Soul

    Someone has clearly been overdoing the festive Port.
  9. __mark__

    __mark__ Is SET

    Or crack!
  10. jimb0

    jimb0 Jelly Roll Soul

    It's so ... moreish.
  11. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    or over doing the recent upload of his back catalogue to youtube....
  12. Anything

    Anything Member

    It is sooo good to actually have a back catalogue. Suck on this!
  13. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Must've googled his own name and found this ancient thread. Probably the last time it was brought up in a public forum.
  14. Anything

    Anything Member

    What's google?
  15. florette69

    florette69 pfm Member

    Didn't he record a song titled I'll never be a star?
  16. Anything

    Anything Member

    Sid Vicious was the inspiration for that song...
  17. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    Wasn't Ross Stagg in the Bay City Rollers?

    No doubt he can retire on the money he makes from his namesake tinned chilli.
  18. Anything

    Anything Member

    Well yes... it is the family business, along with Stagg musical instruments. Good name! Memorable and obviously well known!
  19. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Ross, was your anger purely aimed at the Pistols or at punk / new-wave in general, e.g. how did you feel about Harvest signing the ever-wonderful Wire?

  20. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    or Air Liquide, who appeared on Harvest in thier middle period, after The Brotherhood of Structure years is it.


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