Dave Parsons, Sham 69 2007

Lars Wallin talking to Dave Parsons, Sham 69

1. I know it’s possible to continou a classic band without the original vocalist, there is a few good examples like AC-DC to mention one, but according to what have happened with Sham do you have any favourit band with a new singer?

DP. As you say there’s quite a few examples,Rutts dc were great after Malcom Owen died.

2. Dave Parsons has left Sham 69 is the news at does this mean that we will see a Dave Sham and a Jimmy Sham in the future, like Andy Scott’s Sweet etc?

DP. Dave Parsons hasn’t left Sham69 – Sham69 have sacked Jimmy Pursey.And yes we will continue, at first as Dave Parsons Sham69 (Just so people are aware that some changes have been made).

3. Any more sologigs or recordings on the agenda?

DP. I’ve got a new solo album almost finished, but I’m holding back on releasing it, as I may use some of the songs for the next Sham album.


5. Favourite country to tour in?

DP. I just love touring full stop, we’ve had some great times in Scandanavia (in the Summer).
Q6,Sham has always been my only work.

6. Have you managed to live as a proffesional musician since the 70’s or have you done anything else on the road as well?

DP. Sham has always been my only work.

7. I remember the first time I saw Sham 69 live, 1980 at Lobo in Gothenburg, my best memory is an autograph were it say I´am nr2 in Shams Private Army, laugh! Do you have any memories from Sweden?

DP. It all gets a bit muddled up as time goes by, the memories I can remember well, I’m keeping to myself.
We were always looked after really well, and people were really friendly.

8. Do you have any swedish favourite bands/artists?

DP. I have to confess my ignorance here (no that’s not the name of a band)

9. Any bands/artists you want us to check out?

DP. Goldblade are really good

10. A wisdom word?

DP. Keep on keeping on.

Dave Parsons, outside CBGB’s New York(last gig ever at the club)
Sham Private Army nr2

Punk band Sham 69 in bitter split

“Singer Jimmy Pursey formed the band in 1975
Punk band Sham 69 have split up after a bitter fall-out between singer Jimmy Pursey and guitarist Dave Parsons.
Pursey said Parsons had left the group, while Parsons said he and drummer Ian Whitewood had sacked the singer.

Both are now laying claim to the Sham 69 name. Pursey said: “He [Parsons] has walked out of the band. I am Sham 69.”

But Parsons and Whitewood said: “Sham 69 have left Jimmy Pursey.” Sham 69 recorded 1970s punk hits including If the Kids are United and Hurry Up Harry.

Pursey compared his former bandmates’ behaviour to “mutiny on the bounty”.

Asked how the split came about, he replied: “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask him [Parsons]. I can’t know what’s going through his mind when wanting to leave the band.”

Sham 69 enjoyed five top 20 singles in the late 1970s
Parsons and Whitewood said they sacked Pursey because he showed little interest in playing live.

Pursey denied that, saying he only turned down revival gigs that were booked for the sake of money.

“I can turn down a nostalgia gig, which is like a Doctor Who convention, where it’s just bringing a load of old punk rockers together to celebrate nostalgia,” he told the BBC News website.

“I don’t want to do that and I’ve never wanted to do that. I play for today.”

The split had “been on the cards for a while”, according to Mike Harris, spokesman for the other band members.

‘Held back’

“The reasons behind it are that Jimmy seems to show no great desire to play live and is constantly pulling out of gigs at the last moment,” he said.

“It was him personally that was causing a lot of the problems within the band and between the band and promoters and media.

“The rest of the band want to get out there and kick ass on stage. At the moment, they’re just being held back all the time.”

Parsons and Whitewood have found a new bassist and will start auditioning singers shortly with the intention of carrying on as Sham 69.

Pursey formed the band in 1975 and Parsons joined two years later, with the pair going on to write the band’s biggest hits together.

The group first split in 1980 but Pursey and Parsons reformed Sham 69 seven years later.

They returned to the UK top 10 last June with their World Cup anthem Hurry Up England, an updated version of Hurry Up Harry.”

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