Peter Jordan is another Medway figure who has featured in many bands over the years. I caught up with him during a recording session. There's no need to furnish you with a pre-Q&A biography...because he does the job superbly in his first answer:
1) Please tell us a little about yourself and about how long you've been associated with the Medway Towns
|Peter aged 14...on the road to infamy|
A) It's difficult to pick just one. I always look back on working with Nick Hughes in Slam It as a great period. It wasn't the best thing, musically, but it was a lot of fun. That band never really played a normal gig, except Maidstone River Festival. We used to play at parties in a big house in Somerfield Road, Maidstone.
3) What's your favourite Medway building ?
A) Boring answer, but I like the Rochester view of the castle and the cathedral. To me, it's the first thing I think of when showing people around the area
4) Where's your parish ? Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, elsewhere?
A) I was brought up in Rochester, but moved around a lot over the years, between there, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham. By the time I left for London I felt very much aligned to Gillingham.
5) Have you some favourite bands or solo acts from past or present ? (Medway acts)
A) I liked the early Dentists era and used to go to most of their Medway gigs. Swinging Time were my favourite band of all though. I think that Gary Robertson has an amazing voice and they were really loud and intense. Being away from the towns, I'm not that up on the present scene. I think that Ben Jones is a serious talent and I like what I've heard from Frau Pouch
6) Any great memories of wild nights out to share?
A) How do you pick one...from many years of hedonism ? The most outrageous ones, I keep to myself until I know people better. I guess one I could share is the first time The Offbeats had a night out together...as a band. I managed to get everyone banned from the pub. It ended with me flooding the toilets and throwing my pint over the head of the poor unfortunate landlord.
7) What's your favourite pub? (clubs and bars do count)
I don't know the modern area, but I used to like the Nag's Head in Rochester. Earlier than that I liked the King's Head, also in Rochester. Many a mad time had there
8) If you were to show a visitor around Medway for a day...where would you take them?
A) see answer 3
9) Is there a landmark that you instantly think of for the towns ?
A) see answer 3
10) If you could live in any building in Medway...where would you choose ?
A) TOYS R US (editor's note...possibly the best answer I've ever had on that one)
|Peter as an unidentified flying ramone|
11) Any particular shops that you think are worth a mention ?
A) Only from the past. That would be Second Sounds, the second-hand record shop where I met Glenn. It shaped my taste(s) in music. I spent a ridiculous amount of time in there...listening to records...many times when I should have been at college
12) Which famous people...real or fictional....do you immediately associate with the Medway Towns?
A) John Wilmot and Billy Childish
13) What's your very earliest memory of being here in these towns?
A) Crashing my tricycle into the bollards at the entrance to Troy Town swings. I do remember something earlier but no-one believes me, so we'll leave it at that
14) Any sad memories of Medway ?
A) The death of my mother on April 29th 1982. Less significant, but nevertheless something that affected a lot of people, the closure of the King's Head Real Ale Bar, Rochester, in 1983 (probably) My daily routine taken away. Many good memories from there.
15) What's your favourite local music venue...past or present ?
A) Probably the Nag's Head or The Crown...both in Rochester
16) Do you enjoy the current Medway music scene ?
A) I don't really know it, having lived in London for 17 years. I do hear things that I like from time to time. Ben Jones is obviously a huge talent. Bear vs Manero, I saw recently in London. Sadly, I missed Frau Pouch's set, cos I like what I've heard from them thus far. Then there's a lot of the old 'uns who still make great music. It seems the scene is still thriving and evolving
17) Do you think the towns will change drastically...on the entertainment front...over the next 20 years ?
A) It doesn't look like that's going to happen, does it ?
18) What would you change about Medway...if you had the chance ?
A) I'd move it closer to London
That concludes the Q & A with Peter Jordan. It's been fun...thank you x
|Peter..with The Offbeats|