Pat Nevin 2 – Paul Haig Day II

Paul Haig - 2nd from left - in the band Josef K

Pat Nevin watches from the touchline as Everton play QPR. Image via Flick photograph by jims_pics

It is with thanks (once again) to The Vinyl Villain for partly being the inspiration for me to start this Football and Music website, for posting some great music that I missed the first time around, and for the PAUL HAIG DAY II event.

It is also thanks to Pat Nevin for giving me a fitba & music connection so I could take part in this day.

Plus it gives me an additional excuse to post more about the man and his excellent taste in music.

The Paul Haig Day II thing I’ll get to in moment, first some more notes on the Scotland, Chelsea and Everton legend – [Pictured above: Pat watches from the touchline as Everton play QPR. Image via Flick photograph by jims_pics]

– In the other post I didn’t give a big enough mention of the fantastic interview that Pat did with
Is This Music? An independent music magazine from Scotland.

In the article Nevin talks at length about his history with football and music – and his interaction with other players who turned out to have similar tastes to him:

“Some more unusual examples of the indie genre made themselves know. “Barry Horne (at the time captain of Wales) was a very hard player, but had the best collection of indie music I’ve ever seen in my life – we’ve got a big fight over who knows more about the Cocteau Twins… Stuart Pearce (another hard man and former England captain) is very punk orientated – I sent him some White Stripes stuff a couple of years ago. But these days it’s mostly Tupac – bog-standard rap, whatever David Beckham’s listening to.”

And Scottish international duty showed that in general players north of the border have just as dubious taste in music – with one exception. “The SFA stuck me in the same room with Brian McClair,” he recounts, and the usual awkward silence ensued. ” ’What’s your name?’ ‘Pat. Yours?’ ‘Brian.’ Silence. So I took an NME out of my bag and started reading it. He took out his copy of Sounds.” Inevitably, the two became good friends.

» Read the full article

– Additionally there’s a podcast/audio interview from March 2009 which Pat did with Chelsea In America. In the first 10 minutes of the podcast he talks about his music past, which is also covered in the above Is This Music? article.

To save their bandwidth I’ve mirrored the Pat Nevin/Chelsea In America pod interview here:


Paul Haig Day II

So then to the main reason why we are here…

Paul Haig - 2nd from left - in the band Josef K

The first Paul Haig Day was started by JC aka The Vinyl Villain and was something born out of the fustration with Blogger.com and these seemingly random DCMA takedown notices.
(Which has got much worse as of late with entire blogs disappearing without warning.)

– In March of 2009 he posted an article and a song from Paul Haig. In preparation of that post JC had spoken to Paul Haig’s manager and had even got some thoughts from Haig himself. Then one morning he woke up to find that the post had gone. Blogger had received an DCMA notice (I’m not sure if he knew who and where it came from) claiming that the post was an infringement on their copyright. The problem was that it was Paul Haig who held the copyright for the song and obviously he didn’t send out the DCMA, in fact his manager and encouraged and approved of the posting.

So the idea of a Paul Haig day – again with the backing and approval of the management and of Paul Haig – was created. The aim of the day is to help promote this artist who is showing solidarity and support to these bloggers who in turn help to promote him.

Home taping didn’t kill music and the world wide web isn’t going to either.

To today then and Paul Haig Day II.

As mentioned it is because of Pat Nevin that I found an (admittedly weak) excuse to take part.
The other week when he was guest DJ at Scared To Dance, his playlist included many acts that were on Postcard Records, the now defunct Glasgow-based label. One of the songs was by Josef K which was the band that Paul Haig was in before going solo.
A very detailed and impressive read about Josef K/Paul Haig can be found here.

My contribution to Paul Haig day then is the track that Pat played – plus the B Side of that single:

Josef K – Sorry For Laughing
Josef K – Revelation

Late Update: An additional track – direct from the man himself.

I’ve featured music from the beginning of Paul Haig’s career and this bonus song is an exclusive remixed version of the opening track which can be found on his most recent album ‘Relieve’

Paul Haig – Trip Out The Rider (Remix)

As to who remixed the song, you’ll have to go over to The Vinyl Villain to find that out…

– Buy some music via Paul Haig’s official website.

Postcript notes…
On the Burning Flame Blog it says that Paul Haig’s face has never been seen on any of his record covers. Is this true ? I never knew that…

Before this I was familiar with Paul Haig with his song Something Good, which I play often and always sing along to at the top of my voice. I really wanted to post this one but I, like the others on this Paul Haig Day, want to give an airing to some of Haig’s other material.

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03 comments on “Pat Nevin 2 – Paul Haig Day II

  • swiss adam , Direct link to comment

    Nov 1988, first term at Liverpool University, 3 of us arguing about whether we should go and see the House Of Love or The Fall (both on at the University that night). Man on crutches appears, ‘Excuse me lads’, he says, Scottish accent ‘Can you tell me where the House of Love are playing?’. ‘Yeah, over there, through the doors’ etc we reply. The Everton fan in our midst then points straight at him and says ‘Fucking hell, you’re Pat Nevin’. For a man on crutches he beat a hasty retreat.

  • Gareth , Direct link to comment

    Good post and good football connection with Mr. Nevin.

    I think I’d take issue with Burning Flame’s blog re. photos of Mr. Haig on his record sleeves: the Rhythm of Life lp has a photo of the man himself that covers most of the reverse of the sleeve! Maybe Burning Flame doesn’t count this as it’s on the reverse?

    All the best,

    g.

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