Short, Sharp Interview: Vic Godard

PDB: Can you pitch your latest release in 25 words or less?

Live and Rare Volume 1 is an extraordinary trawl through 35 years of the Subway Sect. Also forthcoming are a single on Edwyn Collins’ AED Records and a single with Mates Mates on Famelic Records [of Vic Catalonia]

PDB: What music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?

I have enjoyed the Leeds Piano Competition and been reading my usual fare like Nerval Gautier and Jacques Cazotte. Have been looking for English translation of German author called Jean-Paul, but not yet found.

I was impressed by watching Dawn Approach win the Dewhurst at Newmarket on TV the other day. Looking forward to seeing him win next year’s Guineas on the same track-he looked good.

PDB: Is it possible for a musician to be an objective listener?

I would say they shouldn’t be any different to anyone else but maybe they are.

PDB: Do you have any interest in writing music for films, theatre or television?

Yes, I am meant to be doing a bit of that but been a bit busy at Edwyn’s with getting first four tracks for 1979 Now recorded and mixed so I’ve got no excuse now they’re done.

PDB: How useful or important are social media for you?

PDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of 2012?

The release of the singles hopefully and a boat trip with the Subway Sect, followed by a mini tour and a Marc Riley session with the Sexual Objects end of November and a London gig with them on Dec 9th. Rehearsing with the Sect to record Happy-Go-Lucky Girls and You Made Me, for 1979 Now, at Edwyn’s.


In 1976, Vic Godard formed Subway Sect at the suggestion of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, who wanted another band for the line-up of the 100 Club Punk Festival. They were then taken on by Clash manager Bernie Rhodes. They appeared with The Clash on the White Riot Tour in 1977 and released their debut single, “Nobody’s Scared“/”Don’t Split It“, in March 1978.While recording their debut album, Rhodes suddenly fired the entire band except for Godard.Only one track from the album’s recording sessions, “Ambition“, was released by Rough Trade records; the single was a major hit on the alternative charts.

Godard re-formed Subway Sect in 1980 releasing the album What’s The Matter Boy? Following a summer tour with Buzzcocks, Subway Sect disbanded again. Vic Godard recorded the swing album Songs For Sale with a rockabilly band in 1981, but they were disappointed with the results and disbanded soon after.

In the mid-1980s, Godard retired from music  but came out of retirement in the 1990s, and has been a busy bee ever since,collaborating with the likes of Edwyn Collins, The Sex Pistol’s Paul Cook, Working Week and even writing a musical with  Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh.


Published by PaulDBrazill

A writer and teacher, from England and living in Poland. 'The Poundland Poe.' Books include The Last Laugh, Guns Of Brixton, and Gumshoe Blues. This/ That/ & The Other.

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