Once You’ve Tried Blax…

Ric Blaxill, is a former Top of the Pops producer, current Music and Content Director at Bauer Media and longtime massive Wildhearts fan. Here he shares his memories of the band…

Ric Blaxill

Ric Blaxill

When did you first hear The Wildhearts?

The first time I heard the band was when I was producing the Radio 1 Breakfast Show and I got sent ‘Greetings From Shitsville’. I loved the full on energy and rock spirit of the track and was keen to support new British rock bands at Radio 1. Clearly the title wasn’t going to work on radio so when ‘TV Tan’ came out we started playing it on the show!
Continue reading

Story Behind the Song: Greetings from Shitsville

The following article is an extract from an old issue of Raw magazine, written by Dave Ling. Thanks to Rob Firth for the scans.

greetings raw 1

One noteworthy day in 1992, Ginger of The Wildhearts clears a space among the cockroaches, then sat down to write a song – and came up with three! No change there! Even two years later, while many a lesser composer would be slowing down a little and letting the royalties trickle in, the band’s productivity has increased to the point where they’re now forced to release their latest batch of material, ‘Fishing for Luckies’, by mail-order only, as their record company also have plans to issue the follow-up to their ‘Earth vs The Wildhearts‘ début next March!

Continue reading