Everton legend Pat Nevin returns to Liverpool to curate a gig and spin some tunes alongside a stellar line-up at the Black-E – result!
Music and football go hand in hand on Merseyside, but rarely does the partnership yield anything other than a bum note.
Bucking that trend is Everton, Tranmere and Scotland legend, Pat Nevin. Aside from dazzling the crowd with his footballing trickery, Nevin is noted for his impeccable taste in music – stints DJ-ing at All Tomorrow’s Parties, while wearing a Pains of Being Pure at Heart t-shirt, confirmation of his musical pedigree.
Glasgow-born Nevin, was interviewed in the NME, of which he had to buy two copies each week ‘because the lads in the dressing room would mess about with one but I’d know I had the other one safe in my bag to read in the team hotel.‘
And Nevin’s next stop is Liverpool’s Black-E where he’ll be spinning the decks alongside a crop of first-rate bands – The Loud, Lucid Dream, Deadbeat Echoes and Mercury 13 – all hand-picked by the man himself.
To get you in the mood for what Pat may be dropping, here’s his top five tunes:
Camera Obscura: Swans
‘Tracyanne Campbell is the best songwriter on the planet, by some distance. They’ve done four albums, all fabulous. Just before he died, my great friend and hero John Peel and I used to talk about how massive they were going to be and I still think that will happen. It’ll only be a while before they become really successful and I have to hate them.‘
Pink Industry: Don’t Let Go
‘Pink Industry were led by Jayne Casey, who was in the Liverpool band Big In Japan, then Pink Military. It’s brilliant and really obscure!‘
Belle & Sebastian: Another Sunny Day
‘They’re the kings of indie pop. A wee while back I played seven-a-side with Stuart Murdoch from Belle & Sebastian in right midfield and Colin McIntyre from Mull Historical Society in left midfield. Both brilliant players who arguably could have made it professionally.’
Animal Collective: Summertime Clothes
‘It’s very modern, very noisy, a bit different to some of the stuff I play. I hear a wee bit of the Mary Chain in there – the same balance of melody and noise.‘
The Fall: Blindness
‘Specifically, it has to be the Peel Session version, which is miles ahead of the one on the Fall Heads Roll album. I first saw The Fall in 1982, when they had the Hex Enduction Hour album out, and they keep on producing. They’ve always had so much going on under the noise, which is a theme of the stuff I tend to like.
‘It’s not a word I use often, but Mark E Smith is kind of a genius and a bit of a poet as well. He’s been doing it so well for so many years, and so many people have tried to copy him.‘
Meanwhile, any doubt of Pat‘s music-loving credentials – check this Smiths-loving iconic shot from the late 80s. Superb.