INTERVIEW | Keith “Monkey” Warren (The Adicts) – All the lucky people

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BR: First time in south-east Europe, in Serbia, Novi Sad… What took you so long?

Keith: I don’t think anyone ever invited us before, but we are happy to come, better late than never.

BR: What are your expectations?

Keith: We expect smiles, everyone having fun, happy faces and good times, some good beer and some new friends.

BR: How do you see the fact that you’re legends in countries you’ve never held a gig in?

Keith: Are we legends? We really don’t know if people like us or have even heard of us in Serbia. I guess they do or you wouldn’t ask us to come.

BR: You’ve had the same line-up since 1975. What keeps you together?

Keith: We are family, some literally, and some in the united adicts family that extends to band, crew, our families and friends. It takes a lot of support and belief to keep it going this long. We are not rock stars, we are not rich, we have other jobs (some of us), it’s the people that come to the shows that keep us together. We can’t do it without them.

BR: What was happening with the band between 1994 and 2002?

Keith: Not very much, we had moved away from each other, different parts of the world, exploring different lives, but it drags you back eventually.

BR: Who do you prefer the least from the legendary London punk scene?

Keith: It’s all great but if you really put me in a corner I’d say, apart from Hong Kong Garden, I was never much of a Souxsie and the Banshees fan.

BR: What is the thing from your career that you’re not proud of?

Keith: I did a few things with other peoples girlfriends and we fucked around with name changes in the 1980s and sometimes I wish my trousers were much more sparkly.

BR: How do you look at what has punk become? What kind of rebellion does it (punk) represent in the commercial world?

Keith: Punk hasn’t really become anything, has it? Perhaps it is different in south east Europe where you still have issues, but I am nearly 50 and live in California. I don’t know what it’s like to be 17 in Serbia but if it’s like being 17 in Uk in 1976 then cool, but it’s not iconoclastic or shocking like it was then, why can’t we come up with something else that will scare the old ladies at the bus stop?

BR: What are you addicted to?

Keith: I have to have air, water, food, shelter, alcohol, sex, sunshine, nighttime, sleep, a toilet and football and horse racing on the tv.

BR: Would you stop playing if there was no fun in it?

Keith: Absolutely, that why we do it. We make some money but not a lot, like I said we work (some of us,). Some bands like us are more successful, make more money, but we have the best time. It’s hard traveling, no sleep, feeling sick, but when we play we are up there with the gods for a few minutes and then we party…

BR: You’re famous also as football fans. Bane Ivanovic vs. Nemanja Vidic?

Keith: Vidic. Do you think he will come to Ipswich town next season?

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