Britpop fans have much to look forward to in 2014. While the promise of projects and live dates from members of Suede, Oasis, and Blur are ever-present, it’s the anticipation of the looming twentieth anniversaries for many of our favorite bands and albums that leave us most excited. Who knows, we might be seeing some surprise reissues (like two Gene albums), reunions, and celebratory concerts in the next year!
We’re thrilled to announce that one of our favorites, Menswe@r, will be back in the new year! Frontman Johnny Dean finally made his return to the stage earlier this year for a tribute to David Bowie with a small Menswe@r club gig a few weeks later. The recently regenerated band, which features Johnny Dean and an all-new line-up, will be playing Bush Hall in Shepherd’s Bush, London on Wednesday March 26, 2014. They will be supported by former Strangelove frontman, Patrick Duff, and the up and coming Brighton-based band, The Bright Ones.
We have here a brilliant little FAQ from Mr. Johnny Dean himself, and it’s so good we thought we’d share it with you in its entirety:
“Why reform Menswe@r? And why do it with different musicians? Is it really Menswe@r?
I try to tackle these individually. I’m not sure if it’s really interesting, but you never know.
In June I did my first gig for about 15 years. I didn’t want to do Menswe@r stuff, so we did a Bowie tribute. My experience with Menswe@r the first time around was a bit chaotic. I was an undiagnosed autistic in a notoriously cut throat business surrounded by vultures, vampires and vagabonds. The nature of the music industry, the get rich quick and run ethos of the many non-musicians involved, well it attracts the lowest, most opportunist pissants out there. There are some good people, but they are like gold. Unfortunately Menswe@r were seemingly lumbered with some of the worst, most morally bereft, most self motivated chancers you could probably ever come across. I could count on one hand the people who were actually worth something, stand up people, they know who they are because I still speak to them. But everyone else? If I trod in them I’d throw away the shoe. Our record company guy, he was all mouth and ears, waste of blood, terrible human being, I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire. Our manager? Not much better. Utterly self motivated. Completely deluded about his own importance and competence. Full of shit. A bad joke. And mean as a snake. Me, him and a dark alley, and I’d probably wind up “doing porridge”. Add internal band difficulties that deserve a whole book let alone a paragraph, and you have yourself a volatile mix. So when Menswe@r split, I ran like the wind, and didn’t look back.
What tempted me back? Well I did the first gig as a benefit, a way to raise money for the National Autistic Society. I was still a little anxious about getting involved in music again, but after a couple of rehearsals with the guys and girls gathered together by Steve Horry I relaxed and let myself enjoy it. This led to the revelation that I was actually enjoying something that meant to be enjoyable, because the first time ’round that didn’t happen. The gig itself was so much fun that I regretted running away 15 years previously, I felt I had wasted all that time hiding and denying my nature. So I had this mixture of happiness and regret. Bitter sweet.
So, then we were approached to do another little show for charity, this time doing just Menswe@r stuff, I thought “Fuck it, if I’m singing, it’s Menswe@r.” Simple. Because people can moan about it if they want to waste their time, they can cry about it if they’re that unhinged, but the fact is that without me it isn’t Menswe@r, and with me it is. This is logic. It’s not rocket science, and at the end of the day if it upsets you then you’re probably in dire need of professional help. Besides, it was my band, to begin with anyway. So it’s mine to do with as I please. During those four short years Menswe@r went through line up changes anyway, it happens, look at Suede. It’s the music that matters in the end. And let me tell you, this line up sounds good, better in fact.
The plan this time is really quite simple. To have fun and hopefully entertain. I don’t really care about anything else.”
12 Reasons Ltd/Nuis@nce in association with the National Autistic Society presents:
Menswe@r with Patrick Duff & The Bright Ones
Wednesday 26th March 2014
310 Uxbridge Road
London W12 7LJ
Doors @ 7.30pm
Tickets £8 from www.wegottickets.com, on sale at 9am on Friday 22nd November.