Kunt and the Gang’s ‘award-
After an Edinburgh Fringe gig that turns nasty, we chat to Kunt about chips, Clegg,
and the crazy punk who tried to punch him.
Hi Kunt, how are you?
I’m good, thank you. My show last night was very quiet and civilised, apart from
the bit where I got everyone shouting ‘Fucksticks’ at me.
Just quickly – why are you called ‘Kunt’?
Because no one would come and see an act called ‘Ian and the Gang’.
At your gig yesterday, a heckler turned nasty and punched you onstage. You punched him back, in the head. How’s your hand?
It is a bit bruised but fine. I’m still not quite sure what happened there. He was a punk bloke who seemed to get really angry when I mentioned Margaret Thatcher. I know she was responsible for a lot of atrocities in the 80s but so were Spandau Ballet and no one has ever tried to punch me for referencing them. It was an attempted assault which was factually inaccurate on many levels – before he swung at me he shouted “I’ve got three words for you…TORY SCUM!”
Is that the worst thing that’s ever happened at a gig?
I don’t think so, earlier this year Radiohead’s stage collapsed in Canada killing a member of crew and at Latitude Festival in 2010 there were two rapes.
‘Use My Arsehole As A Cunt’, your most successful song, is about Nick Clegg. ‘Chips Or Tits’ is about whether you prefer chips, or tits. Do you prefer writing about politics or daily life?
The original version of Use My Arsehole As A
Cunt tells the story of trying to get on in the
music business, and is more generally about
the compromises people make to achieve
success. That’s why after the Lib Dems
became part of the coalition government and
started reneging on pre-
seemed like the perfect song to re-
tell the Nick Clegg story.
That occasion is probably the only time I’ve
touched on politics in my songs. I prefer
writing about everyday life because there are
lots of people making political statements but
not many singing songs about washing your
nob before you go out in case you get lucky.
When you gave me your flier yesterday
you apologised for the naked picture of
Lorraine Kelly on it. But your songs are
totally shameless. Why the discrepancy?
I wouldn’t say the songs are totally shameless,
I think they are documenting a side of life that
often doesn’t get spoken about outside groups
of blokes down the pub. I also think I have managed to find a couple of topics that have never been set to music before, which in a day and age when it feels like everything has been done before I’m well proud of.
As regards the pamphlet with naked Lorraine on, I was apologising for the fact that I had to obscure her biff region because the printers refused to print it otherwise.
Do friends and family come to see you perform?
Some of my friends come along to the local shows and I have made some good friends gigging around the country. My mum still doesn’t know what I do. She thinks I’m out in the evenings delivering pizzas for Papa John’s.
Songs like ‘Let’s Send Nan To Dignitas’ and ‘Shaven Haven’ pooh pooh taboo subjects. Is there anything you wouldn’t sing about?
A few years ago the answer to that question would have been ‘a missing child’, but
that was before the case of Shannon Matthews whose mother Karen faked her disappearance
to try and earn a few bob. It was such a bizarre story that it inspired me to write
Shannon Matthews: The Musical, which I ended up recording with a self-
I never plan anything that far ahead! I’ll probably make a decision around the time of the Fringe guide deadline next year. If I do come back next year I would like to ask people who have a friend who is a drunk unpredictable sociopath, if they wouldn’t mind just leaving them at home.
And, finally, chips or tits?
It's never as simple as that. There's a whole host of variable parameters. I'd always choose a nice pair of tits over a bad bag of chips, but then I'd much rather have a nice portion of chips than see a wafty set of tits any day.
Thanks, Kunt. Hope your hand gets better.