The Griffin Pub, Reading
Almost a quarter of a century ago I found myself working on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. Back in 1992, an era before music became free, cassettes were expensive. However, in Indonesia quasi-legal version of major-labels’ albums on cassette, complete with inlay cards, sold for a tenth of the price of their western equivalents. My weekly visit to the local cassette emporium not only allowed me to purchase the complete works of artists such as Van Morrison and Neil Young, but also to acquaint myself with new ones, safe in the knowledge that each album only cost £1. One Friday the red spine of a cassette box entitled “Here Comes The Groom” caught my eye. It turned out to be the first studio recording by a young chap using the moniker John Wesley Harding, a stage name adopted by the singer-song writer Wesley Stace. Together with “Automatic For The People” it became a firm favourite on the deck of my Toyota Landcruiser whilst driving around the irrigation schemes of Lombok.
In 1993 I returned to the UK just in time for a rare appearance of John Wesley Harding, or Wes » Continue Reading.