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Added 16th February 2024 by The Editor, Alan Wise Project

Featured in the following Online Exhibitions:
Don't Mention The Hacienda - The Adventures Of Alan Wise


Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds, Edward Barton, George Borowski, Hann, James Young

This charming song is a simple recital of facts from an offshoot of Alan's influence in Manchester.

The singer is daughter of Barbara Wilkin, who was a German student visiting Amsterdam when she fell in with Alan Wise, Nico and the Blue Orchids.

She joined the tour bus as drummer Toby Tomanov's girlfriend, got hired by Alan as driver and PA and followed them all back to Manchester later.

She saw some of the chaos painted in James Young's book Songs They Never Play ... but in the end, she says, it all somehow happened because of Alan's creativity and drive.

The song was written by Edward Barton, a veteran comedian in a long Lancashire tradition. Guitar George Borowski points out a connection between George Formby and the Buzzcocks, Jilted John and Ed Banger & The Nosebleeds - all clients of Alan Wise's btw.
Never Went To No Music School comes in on the soundtrack at Rafters in 1978 -

And if we have room to explore the comic theme further, Hann do another nice Ed Barton number - Checkin Out The Checkout Girls -

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