One of the stalwarts of the Peel Show are a band who never appeared on it. At the top of the show, JP frequently made reference over the years to the Flying Cream Shots, but none of their music was ever played. In fact, Peel’s ex-producer Trevor Dann wrote in the Independent after JP’s death that it was a joke, and that the band didn’t exist, even though Billy Bragg reported just having missed them in San Francisco. John was supposed to have taken the title from a caption in a certain type of Dutch magazine.
However, that is all about to change, as the one and only session by them has just been made available on Dutch East India Trading, and a copy happens to have fallen into my grubby little mitts (it’s only been released in Japan at the moment). There are some juicy liner notes by lead singer Rick Starkey who explains where the band’s name really came from:
When we started out, we didn’t have a name at all. We thought of calling ourselves something daft like Owl Stretching Time, but when John Walters caught us at the Brewer’s Arms in Deptford, and saw the food fights we used to indulge in after the gig, he suggested the name we eventually adopted. Our bassist was actually Annie Mae Bullock, but got the nickname Maude because she spent all her Sundays in her mum’s garden. So, when we were having a fight, I’d say, “Pie hits Maude!” and she knew she was in for a splattering.
The session was continually postponed by Peel who wanted the band to change the name of the song ‘Liverpool FC Suck Ass’, but they always refused. He said in an interview on Capital Radio:
I mean, it’s a shame, you know, because the session was just superb, and I’ll go a long way to defending people’s right to free speech, but that was pushing the envelope for me, to coin a phrase. So it never got broadcast. Shame really, as they did another one called ‘Bring Me The Head Of Simon Bates’ which I was extremely keen to hear.
I’ll rip the tracks to mp3 and make them available for your listening pleasure tomorrow.