Nyah Fearties

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The Scottish band for real Scots only a.k.a. the Proclaimers from Hell do Deliverance. Supposedly Shane MacGowan's favourites back in the 80's, possibly because in folk-punk terms they were ten times wilder and 4-real than the Pogues were. I first saw them playing James Hamilton Academy in Killie toon back in 1984 as "The Root Searchin' Metal Bashin' Fearties". I went off them a bit after one of them called me a "specky c*nt" when they openend for the four piece pre-Mr C. Shamen at the old Splash One club but recently I've been caning the "Red Kola" tape and decided to forget about that. Besides, he had a point. Now I'm wishing I'd never let my ex-wife take my copy of "A Tasty Heidfu'". I know I'll never get THAT back again. I also remember their amazing performance on The Tube, when they pulled up behind Jools on the back of a lorry, screeching to a halt causing the band to stagger back and forth before launching into....what? Maybe "We're The Lugton Fearties"? I can't remember. When are the complete Tube shows coming out on DVD?

everything, Monday, 10 January 2005 17:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


That was too cool to die ignored.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 11 January 2005 09:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Was surprised they just seemed to disappear all of a sudden. Anyone know if any of them are still active? Seems to me a lot of the folk from that era are still kicking around up here & doing music in some way, shape or form.

Soukesian, Tuesday, 11 January 2005 13:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Their banjo player is signed to Topplers Records as "Mr Luggs", apparently.

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Tuesday, 11 January 2005 13:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm wondering if Lugs is the man behind Toppler Records. After all, there's not many folk in Kilmarnock with the initiative to do this. It's a semi-shrine to Jowe Head too! It'a about time he got some props since most of the TVP's worship you read focusses on Dan (then Joe, Ed and Jowe in that order), and with the Swell Maps it's all about Nikki and Epic. The Lugs-narrated Jowe Head radio ad is worth downloading just ot hear those beautiful vocal chords once more. AudioStreet also has 3 songs, including a new version of Rantin' Robbie: http://www.audiostreet.net/artists/012/826/mr_luggs.html

Home Town: Lugton, United Kingdom
Genre: Alternative
Albums: Callugula, Music for Tea Time

Similar Artists
Nyah Fearties, Junkman's Choir, Pogues, Ivor Cutler.

Group Members
Mr Luggs and anyone else who's around...

Instruments We Use
Drums, Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Spoons, etc

Musical Style
Far-Out, Folk-Punk! Scottish traditional Jigs with a punk rock twist...

All Celtic Music. The Residents, Butthole Surfers, Leonard Cohen, Hank Williams, Conway Twitty, Dick Gaughan, King Tubby, Gregory Isaacs, Dead Kennedys...

everything, Tuesday, 11 January 2005 16:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
I've been waiting for this, now it's here. "Bludgeon Man" on the Tube.


everything (everything), Friday, 22 September 2006 04:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

They should, by rights, be my favourite band ever, but I seem to have completely missed them. I was aware of them in the past, yes, but somehow have never ever heard them before. I'm rectifying this NOW.


ailsa (ailsa), Friday, 22 September 2006 07:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I love how the only words you can make out in that whole performance are "THEY DIDNAE LIKE MA SINGIN'" and "YER A BIG FAT SMELLY LOUT!".

It's too bad more people don't know about them because they are one of the most extraordinary bands to come out of Scotland. Though they worked really hard, put out tons of records and gigged constantly, they never really found any peers. They were always opening up for bands who had nothing in common with them like the Jesse Garon and The Desperadoes or the Shamen. The Pogues connection is a claim to fame but they were 10 times wilder than the Pogues, with a liking for 10 minute long solos on oil drums and would have found little support from Pogues fans I think.

The other scene that might have supported them was the Dawson/Stretcheads/Dog Faced Hermans crowd. They kinda fitted with them as they all doing this confrontational mish-mash with lots of yelping. But most of those guys were younger urban types with a middle class background, influenced by the Fire Engines, bIG fLAME etc whereas the Fearties were from darkest Ayrshire, formed about 5 years earlier and were homeless buskers doing a Scottish version of Half Japanese with equal doses of punk, folk and although a lot of their stuff doesn't really show it, I'm pretty sure they were heavily influenced by the first couple of Foetus albums.

The "Blatter Cage" and these weird industrial grooves they would occasionally get into were just so intense. I'm think they would just look around in alleys near whatever venue they were playing, gather up a bunch of junk and just jump up and down on it as they played. Either that or batter it into the stage with clubs. They did have a drummer for a little while but that wasn't the same.

A copy of "A Tasty Heidfu'" should be in the Royal Museum in Edinburgh.

everything (everything), Friday, 22 September 2006 16:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Lugton isn't in "darkest Ayrshire", it's right on the border with Renfrewshire, so it's in a relatively civilised bit

Am I Re-elected Yet? (Dada), Friday, 22 September 2006 16:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

You've never been there then?

everything (everything), Friday, 22 September 2006 16:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

We used to pass thru it all the time on trips to the seaside!

Am I Re-elected Yet? (Dada), Friday, 22 September 2006 16:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Not that there was much of it to pass thru it, mind

Am I Re-elected Yet? (Dada), Friday, 22 September 2006 16:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, there's like, 10 houses or something.

By the way, "Darkest Ayrshire" is just an expression. If you're from Ayrshire, it all seems dark.

everything (everything), Friday, 22 September 2006 16:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Aye, but being a bit closer to Glasgow, Lugton is nearer the light. By the way, the Fearties, yes I met them a few times, they were certainly a bit different from the usual "Just a have a half shandy for me" Glasgow indie types. Influenced by Test Dept and Neubauten more than Foetus tho I would have said?

Am I Re-elected Yet? (Dada), Friday, 22 September 2006 16:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Quite right. Dunno why I have always perceived a Foetus influence there really, except a certain contingent at the time (including me) worshipped him like a God. This would have been around 1984-85 I guess, when the Fearties were more or a bass+metalbashing proposition and Foetus was the only known reference to that. I don't really remember anyone our age being into Neubauten at the time. But I was just a kid.

Maybe I saw one of them wearing a Foetus t-shirt once?

Lugton is a nice little commuter village now. In the Nyah Fearties universe it's the wildest outpost of Scottish civilization.

everything (everything), Friday, 22 September 2006 17:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Thanks for posting this. I used to see these guys in the old NME gig guides, but never came across the eps what with being a yank and all. Great stuff!

Ice Cream Electric (Ice Cream Electric), Saturday, 23 September 2006 12:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ten years pass...

I thought they'd only put out one album, didn't realize they'd lasted so long. LOLing at some of their song titles, e.g., "Puddocks In The Mist", my dad being the only person I've ever heard use the word 'puddock' - proving my theory that people from Paisley once used to sound more Ayrshire than Glasgow.

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

I'm listening to them now for the first time. This is good raucous demented fun

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, a really strong Ayrshire accent - that was part of their mythos which kinda was that their life in a Lugton barn was halfway between Straw Dogs and The Wicker Man. Did they hang around in Paisley much? Other than at actual gigs I used to see them in Kilmarnock and Ayr a lot, busking or at parties. But they traveled around.

everything, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

I don't remember tbh, but Lugton's like 10 miles from Paisley - I know I know, it seems like another world from the bright lights and sophistication of Paisley...

Punnet of the Grapes (Tom D.), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:19 (eight months ago) Permalink


I was brought up in N Ayrshire (Dalry) but all my immediate family are Paisley born and bred and there's definitely a Paisley way with certain aspects of speech and sentence construction that I don't really hear in Ayrshire or Glasgow.

MaresNest, Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

Fearties lyrics are the best kind of brutal poetry.

Even just the elegance of:

Made her eat a pun o' cheese
Until she had a fit

MaresNest, Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

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