Basically, Johnny Moped
Heavenly Films are delighted to announce details of it's latest production 'Basically, Johnny Moped' directed by Fred Burns and
made in associate with Darmouth Films. The film tells the funny but often moving story of one of Punk Rocks lost treasures
Johnny Moped and is set to premier at Koko, London on Thursday September 19th (full details below).
Formed in 1974 by a group of school friends from Croydon, Johnny Moped were the band fronted by, and named after the enigmatic
Paul Halford (aka Johnny Moped). By 1977 the group found themselves at the heart of the burgeoning punk scene in London and for a
brief moment even looked like contenders.
‘When I first met Johnny,’ Captain Sensible - the band’s original guitarist - says,
‘I just thought, this guy is a bundle of frenetic energy; he’s a megastar waiting to happen.’
By 1978, after an intense year of activity, the band were completing their first record with Chiswick Records and things were looking
promising. But whilst adding the final touches to the record, Johnny - who had recently married - started to become evasive as his
mother-in-law exerted pressure on him to leave the group. “In the end we had to basically kidnap him every time we had a gig or
needed to record!’ said Dave Berk, the bands drummer.
Despite being able to count both Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible as past members, success was not to come their way
and Johnny Moped are now largely forgotten - punk rock’s great lost band!
Their story is however a fascinating one that, along with some of the era’s most innovative music deserves to be heard.
includes interviews with Chrissie Hynde, Captain Sensible , Don Letts, Billy Childish, Shane MacGowan and the band themselves
alongside previously unseen archive footage and photography.
The film premiers at Koko in Camden, London on Thursday 19th September and will be followed by a rare live performance
by the band.
Tickets are priced £17 each and available
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