And like this one too.........!!
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I'm Pete Watt, guitarist on this gem. We pressed 547 (the run overran) but only printed 500 sleeves, so that makes your copy even rarer. John Peel played it on Radio 1 January 8th, 1981, just when we were splitting up. Timing is everything!!
Sorry, rhythm guitarist on Watch Out! and London Undergound; lead on Start Again. Nick Calloway (ex-Milk, with Ed Case) was the power chorder extraordinaire. Gary Mole, aka Daktari Swets on main vox.On December 1st in 2001, something odd and unexpected happened. I got a call from a Welshman in Utrecht (!) who wanted to know if I was Pete Watt who used to play in The Form. I had to admit to being guilty as charged. He introduced himself as Steve Mitchell, and that he had had something to do with The Pooh Sticks. He’d heard The Form’s single, which a friend of his had acquired, liked it, and did I have any spare copies? I was sure this was a wind-up, with my friends in Den Haag probably being responsible: I had visions of my disbelieving voice going out over the Dutch airwaves as some on-line spoof thing. I was amused when I asked him if he’d tried to get hold of “Daktari Swets”, which was Gary’s stage name, and the one printed on the single’s sleeve, to which he replied that he’d found a family called Swets in Derbyshire: just imagine the phone conversation, “Er, do you have someone living there with the name Daktari?” Anyway, next day I ventured up into the loft to dig out the Xmas decorations, and happened on a box of the aforementioned product. There were about 30 copies. When Steve phoned me back, I agreed to send him 25, and he would pay me £5 for each one. The reason he wanted them, was that he was running an on-line ‘punk’ records store, and naturally The Form’s “WATCH OUT!” was something of a rarity. The reason his friend had a copy was that he’d inherited the sadly recently deceased John Walters’ record collection. Of course John Walters used to be John Peel’s producer at the BBC. All this means is that the copy I took up to John Peel all those years ago had ended up in Walters’ collection and hence into Steve’s mate’s mitts. I never did find out what he was asking for the single, but Steve used to compile a “virtual” album of current goodies on offer, and for February 2002 The Form were proudly included on the same “virtual” album side as a 101’ers single! The money he paid me was almost the amount I had paid to get the single pressed in the first place. Phew, rock and roll! A few years later, he got in touch again, asking if I minded the song being included on an LP he was compiling. Of course not, replied I, and he duly sent me half-a-dozen copies of the resulting vinyl. Nice one, Steve.
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