Rat Scabies is best known for being the original drummer for class of ’76 Punks The Damned. He left the Damned in 1996 leaving a legacy of brilliant music. Since the Damned Rat has been drumming, producing and writing music. He hunts for the Holy Grail, and as such is the subject of the book ‘Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail’. He also builds and plays Cigar Box guitars.
He recently released his first solo album ‘P.H.D (Prison, Hospital, Debt)’ which we reviewed and thought was a great record.
Fighting Boredom sat down and called Rat to talk about the record and the other things he is doing and has been a part of. It’s evening and Rat sounds content.
Well yeah you know the funny thing is that people often think that because you’ve been in a famous band as a musician that’s kind of all you ever did. They don’t realise that you joined that band because you were a musician and even if you hadn’t had been famous you’d have still been playing. And even now you’re no longer in that band you still continue to play. You know that’s what I do, I’m a drummer. I don’t have a choice in that.
I tell him the I played the Louis Prima track to a friend and they said that it sounds like something from the fifties.
Yeah. I like that. Originally I was going to record it and put a big band on it and then when I put it down with the piano I thought you if I put anything else on the top of this it’s gonna fuck it up, and the song is so strong. The arrangement and the parts, there’s so much there. I was really lucky because we kind of bashed it out, it was just one of those one off moments that really worked.
I asked him about his hunt for the Holy Grail and the book about it, ‘Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail’