Posted by: martinworster | December 18, 2009


Just found out that The Streets’ ‘Original Pirate Material’ has been voted album of the decade in The Guardian. Which reminded me of an interview I did with Mike Skinner back in the day. I was a budding music journalist at the time in London. It must have been circa 2002.

I remember first hearing the single ‘Original Pirate Material’ – it’s one of those songs that stands out. It reminded me of an English version of Eminem’s ‘Stan’. But it spoke to me in my language and with UK beats and flavour. He came out of the 2 step UK garage scene. He’s a poet. And a really nice ‘geezer’ as we walked around Shepherd’s Bush Market and had a couple of pints afterwards. Happy days!

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