34-35 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6DB, London
What is a Rat Scabies, what does it do and where can I get one? One of the most memorable names in showbiz, but where did it come from and what did it do and what does it do now?
The man behind the name became one of the most important figures in the early days of punk rock. Starting with proto-punk bands like London SS (with Mick Jones, later of The Clash and Tony James from Generation X) along with one of Malcolm Mclaren’s first projects, Masters of the Backside (with Chrissie Hynde), he teamed up with Brian James (formerly of London SS) to form The Damned.
Signed by Stiff Records, they played their first gig supporting The Sex Pistols at the 100 Club in July 1976 and, five weeks before The Sex Pistols released ‘Anarchy in the UK’, The Damned became the first UK punk rock band to release a single (‘New Rose’ in 1976), and went on to release the first UK Punk album and were the first UK Punk band to tour the USA.
The Damned have nine singles that charted on the UK Singles Chart Top 40 and are generally considered to have been the most influential and innovative punk band the UK has produced. Rat stayed with the band until 1996, when musical differences (snigger) led to his departure and he started working in Hollywood on movie soundtracks with Joe Strummer.
Born into an esoteric family, Rat was surrounded by alternative thinking regarding religion, medicine, the Church and politics as well as many other taboo forms of faith, giving him a different and open perspective of the world around him. Always conscious of having been given a charmed life, Rat has also been deeply drawn into esoteric mysteries like many other major musical artistes before him.
He is the central character of the book ‘Rat Scabies and The Holy Grail’, written by former music journalist Christopher Dawes and aside from being fathered by one of the leading lights in esoteric research Rat has been surrounded, since childhood, by those issues that can beggar belief and amaze the faithful.
During his own researches he has been shown many things, told many secrets and been privy to some outlandish research which included but not limited to grave robbing, being the sounding board for ex Wright Paterson rocket engineers and acting as Henry Lincoln's personal chauffeur.
His special interest lies in the mysteries of Rennes Le Chateau, first popularised in the English-speaking world through the 1972 Chronicle TV program and in turn the bestseller ‘The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail’ which had been based on a network of legends developing in France from the 1890’s, all finding their heart in the area round the hilltop village of Rennes Le Chateau in the south of France, the heart of Grail legends, Cathars (even though there is no such thing) and the Knights Templar. Rat will look at the core mysteries of Rennes Le Chateau and what it is in his inner world that draws him there…
Rat has seen and heard it all, well, a fair amount of it anyway, from the constant presence of Witches in his life to phantom noises at his feet coupled with the bizarre trail of coincidences that follow all good Rennies. To summarise, Rat has mixed with the great and the good and some of them downright dishonest…
And, during the evening Rat will answer any and all questions about what made the monster that can sometimes be described as “the lucky ball and chain”. In other words be careful of what you wish for, because you might just get it.
Meet around 7pm. Talk starts at 8pm. Admission only three quids