Looking Back Really Isn’t Something I Ought To Do
I never fully realised the effect The Gits had until meeting someone who worked with Skint Records a couple years ago. As a teenager he had followed the band back in the day and it was with some disappointment and anger that he told me ‘We really thought you were going to do something. What happened?’
The only answer I had was we didn’t have a clue what we were doing. I didn’t mean from a song writing point of view, that was very clear and all credit goes to Rob who musically wrote nearly every song. But in terms of actually translating our status as the Third Best Band In Sussex 1989 to a wider audience, we were quite simply crap.
From releasing a single that couldn’t be listened to due to an error in the final mastering by an engineer at Abbey Road Studios, printing band T-shirts that read The GTIS! onstage to not working the connections we had with other successful bands to gain support slots, we carried on playing maybe thinking that the songs were enough to get us noticed.
This alas, was not enough but I want to take this opportunity to say the songs were bloody great. In an age when many bands around us were finding the dance element to their music The Gits remained true to the motto ‘Pure pop for pop people’ and in so doing pre-empted messers Albarn, Anderson et al by a good few years.
So there you have it.
The Gits (UK). Ahead of their time, out of time and as ”The bastard son of Morrisey” once sang – ‘Its just a matter of time’.
Jim Calderwood a.k.a. Jammie Git 2009
On reflection we were probably a bit better than I thought at the time.
Must finish this one year.
We are deeply indebted to pre-eminent Gitsologist Simon Smith DrPhil AHa.Db (Hons) for help in compiling this exhaustive chronicle.
Worm Upon A Happenstance…
Hopeless optimists from Horsham in the (not very) United Kingdom who set out to achieve little and were wholly successful. The existence of the ill fated American band of the same name was unbeknownst to them until some years after they broke up.
A Diet Of Worms
In which old alliances are renewed
Formed by ex-members of Nigel The Impaler, Christine, Stair Party, Voice Of The Rain and The Jackalsons in 1988 the fluid line-up contained the core four of Dave Evans (guitar & tapes), Ben E. Git (bass) and Jammie Git (vocals). They were augmented by Matt ‘Guitar’ Git (unknown), Chris T. (guitar), Jason ‘Little’ Git the token short person (vocals) and anchored by Glen Sisela II, as their drum machine was known (though its real name was Kevin Michaels).
Big Fat Wormy String
In which Petunia receives an unwelcome visitor
Some Worms Have All The Luck
In which our heroes fail to endanger their amateur status
Gone Are The Days Worm I Was Happy And Gay
In which a chance meeting has calamitous consequences
Worm Are They Now?
Jammie Git – Tragically moved to Brighton
Ben E Git – Pseudonymous author of best selling romantic fiction
Matt ‘Guitar’ Git – Visiting Professor of Comparative Linguistics UCSB
Jason Little Git – Sorcerers Apprentice
Chris T – Teaches Chemical Engineering through the medium of mime
Dave Evans – Having a fa fa fine, fine fine time
(Some of these are true)
Nice Randy Newman Reference
In which Gits lyricist James Calderwood sheds light on some of the band’s lyrics whilst attempting to avoid repetition, hesitation or deviation.
Spend & Learn
As the jet roared down the valley
Bombing Reds camouflaged as sheep,
The pilot saw angels up in the clouds
“I think I’ll join them”, he said out loud,
Waving goodbye from his ejector seat.
Inspired by a news story that a US fighter pilot stationed in the UK was believed to have flown a training mission while on acid, never to be seen again.
My brother, he was so right
Personality is the key
Touchdown was an entire rip off/homage to Death of a Salesman. Ironically I would spend the next 20 years in the living death that is retail sales.
You will be on the screen tonight,
Reasoning without force
And calming the storms.
Getting political now. Tidal Wave was written during the era of Gorbachev and Perestroika. Growing up during the Cold War there was a real sense with him and his reforms that maybe we wont blow each other to atoms. And of course now in 2014 we all feel so much safer………
The words that I speak aren’t quite what I feel.
Even my mouth can’t get that contorted,
May the truth be distorted.
I am the walking definition of the Yiddish term ‘Kvetch’, 1/10th of outward emotion is battling with the 9/10ths of inner turmoil, except in my case the ratio was more 1/100 to 99/100
Mother Knows How
Now Jill has plan for revenge
To finally get even with Jack.
So she invited him up for a picnic
And then laced the well with arsenic
And told him to drink deep.
A Note On Kana & Kanji Usage
You may have noticed that we three Gits of Britannia are using a rough translation of our name into Japanese to refer to ourselves these days. This is an attempt to distinguish our popular beat combo from the American band of the same name and era who became better known after we packed it in .
Other benefits of adopting the writing system of the world’s leading purveyors of contemporary indie-pop music is avoiding having to write UK after every instance of our appellation and a bonus ready-made logo and graphics style. The latter extending into other elements of this website and the CD release.
The idea was inspired by the use of Cyrillic by Moscow Club of Japan. By inspired I of course mean nicked.
A decent detailed explanation of written Japanese can be found on Wikipedia but briefly it can be broken down into the following.
The modern Japanese writing system uses a combination of three scripts:
- Kanji, adopted Chinese characters
- Kana, a pair of syllabaries, consisting of:
- Hiragana, used, along with kanji, for native or naturalised Japanese words, and for grammatical elements
- Katakana, used for foreign words and names, loanwords, onomatopoeia, scientific names, and sometimes to replace kanji or hiragana for emphasis.
So for us foreigners, 外国人 or if we’re not standing on ceremony 外人, Katakana is the way to go. Gits can be translated for our purposes by ギ = gi and ツ = tsu, the u of the latter being largely silent. Probably more correct would be ギッツ which emphasises the ‘t’ but I’m allowing a little artistic licence as it’s a name and logo rather than a description.
In that form it has the happy coincidence of resembling a guitar headstock followed by a smile and taken a step further by finding equivalent Kanji we have a number of equally apt alternatives:
忔 ギツ GITSU to be delighted; to dislike; to have no need for
疙 ギツ GITSU pimple; sore; boil; wart; pustule
From the excellent, though a little neglected, Tangorin dictionary.
Lastly, how to write it.