( taken from an interview
with West Deutsch Rundfunk Radio Station, Birgit Virnich)Interviewjoshuatetley by solomonrobson
WDR: "You have hundreds
turn up at your gigs in Leeds now. Was it very different in the
Louis and Gene collapse into fits of helpless laughter.
(also laughing) "......Tell me about those great successes."
"You mean when it was just us and the landlord. Us, the landlord
and the person on the door"
"Yeah but Joshua's usually there in spirit isn't he?"
laughter, followed by a moment’s silence
"Behind the bar, upside down usually"
(Totally mystified) "Who is Joshua?"
& Louis (in unison) "Joshua Tetley"
(still nonplussed and wondering what the hell they are on about):
" Mr Yorkshire "
"Yeah - Mr Yorkshire"
(starting to bristle) " Who is Mr Yorkshire...I don't know?
& Gene: (in unison): "Joshua Tetley!"
"Wears a red jacket and a silly hat and he's got a monacle
and he's always looking at half a pint of beer....isn't he?"
"Everybody knows who Joshua Tetley is!"
" Well....I don't, and I don't suppose the people in Ger...."
"The Famous Brewing Magnate.....He's got a brewery in Leeds"
"That's the nicest thing about Europe.....Not having to buy
your own drinks...the free beer"
"Yeah you play some gigs in England and you get paid and you
spend it all on booze and you wind up with no money...just beer"
" So you used to get, like thirty five quid a night back then?"
" We used to....A long time ago.....In the olden days....When
dinosaurs roamed the Earth"
"But why is it so difficult to get anywhere in your own country?"
( almost shouting ): "Sharks!"
"Sharks! The world's full of sharks, with teeth like this,
trying to rip us off and drag us down into the depths."
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