Pig Iron Joe had a long slow birth. About five years ago I met Dr Vibrato. He was on the run for stealing a Gun Club album from her Majesty the Queen and I offered him sanctury in my home shrine to Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Protected by such santified power the peelers couldn't touch him. But, little did I know what effect this chance meeting was to have on me and the world of music.
Like two hopeless kings of cool we sat wrapped in our deliverme jackets and surrounded by empty bottles of Louisiana Red. Searching for inspiration, we tried to contact the soul of the nearly-dead bluesman T Model Ford. Yet, in a freak event connected closely with being drunk, Dr. Vibrato accidentally became possessed with the soul of Edith Piaf, who taught him how to unlock the creative force within himself - other people's songs. Inspired by this creative fever, we drank more and created 2 albums worth of material by changing one or sometimes two words in songs we liked.
Kicking some life into the spluttering engine of our 1958 Monkey we headed off to Rome. Somewhere in Vatican City we pushed our way into a blues club and forced the bemused punters to listen to us play punk rock versions of Irene and Commit a Crime over and over again. The stratocaster loving fools hated it, but we loved it and went out looking for more.
And more came, falling off of the Alabama Train, there were skinny drummers, dreadlocked low note fetishists, and princesses from the top and bottom of the world. Pretty soon we were all on the road frightening the paying public. Publicans refused payment, rotten fruit was thrown and blues purist fundamentalists made threats against our lives.
And then the world rediscovered the blues in 2002 and we were there ready for them. We'd been playing this sort of music for ages and suddenly everyone started to see that we were actually fantastic and not crap, as the "I saw Peter Green playing a 9 string bass in 1968" bores kept saying.
We started to be asked to support American bands like the Soledad Brothers and the Immortal Lee County Killers and seminal figures like Holly Golightly and old school blues punks The Inmates. Our first CD became a cult item with dozens of copies being sent off to oddball blues fans in Europe and the States and hits on the website grew and grew.
Dirty Old Dog is our second official release. The first CD is now out of print so this is all you are getting for now. Buy while you still have the chance!