In case you want to actually listen to the Wag Song and see the video it is now up on line - by the way I only recently found out that a mopper was another word for what we called a wag and I wonder how many other names we were called - names you can decently print that is!! Anyway here is the link for the video:
Last Edit: Apr 16, 2009 22:45:04 GMT by Matt James
in liverpool we were known as tally boys chris, the video is amazing, well done, really nice to see a picture of my bike included in there as well. its still in the tram museum in birkenhead if anyone wants to take a look, great vid _________________ paul girling
That's a laugh - I fell for it for a moment thinking there was some fella with the same name somewhere; I did the same for a mate.
Your bike at 39 seconds: it's very hard for me to remember my bike although I can still remember the pain in my right foot when I had to change down and the gear lever didn't have the little rubber piece on it. We had to walk around with it in our pockets inm case someone took it. It was OK if you were wearing thick boots.
Anyway what year was your bike active? It is a great photo but we made it look a bit faded for the video - if I had have had some footage of the time I would have used it but I couldn't find any so I settled for me dreaming.
I was up near Birkenhead with the army cadets - somewhere near Hightown in sand dunes I remember and then when I started as an actor I did a show called A Family at War playing a soldier and we filmed it in the same place - I remember one night we went into the bar of the hotel there and the pop singer David Whitfield came in with his girl friend who looked about 14!!!!
hi chris, are you aware of the 1963 British movie - live it up - its about a group of telegram boys who start a rock band and go for stardom, loads of scenes of the lads in uniform on the bantams, great stuff, stars a very young, gangly david hemmings, also has one of my hero's, steve marriot, of small faces fame later, as the drummer, also got appearances from people like kenny ball, outstanding movie, never saw it at the time but caught a glimpse on daytime t.v. one time and nearly fainted, brings it all back, managed to track it down thru the British film society on the net, cheers _________________ paul girling
Yes I remember that one - originally I wrote the wag song as I had an idea to write some kind of musical or movie about it - it had references to various people's names I worked with but I couldn't come up with much of a plot so put it on the back burner. Then last year I recorded my novel onto tape as audible.com wanted to publish it and I had to get some recording equipment downloaded when I decided to record it myself. So I had the equipment and recorded quite a lot including the Irish CD from my show and then I kind of re-jigged the wag song with new lyrics etc. I wrote the chorus a long time ago but needed to make the verses more acceptable to people in general and not just the wags who worked with me. It's a coincidence that it has been released on iTunes to more or less coincide with the reunion but joining the web site made me think of the song I had started but not finished some time ago. Take care.