Hey Taff Hows Things?
TAFF: Things are good...we've just signed to
Madonna's label and Metallica are planning on releasing a cover album
of our songs..we are expecting to make a fortune...
GLOBE: What have you got planned with Varukers for 2006?
TAFF: We're planning on invading Iran,beeting Bush
and Blair to it..
PUNK GLOBE: Are you currently busy with any other
TAFF: Rat is singing for a band from Stoke,can't
recall their name...Biff is in Sick On The Bus and Marvin and Sean
occasionally play for MYWAR...
PUNK GLOBE: How would you describe the sound of
Varukers in 2006?
TAFF: The same as in 1981..crap Discharge
rip-off...only now we also rip-off Exploited and Broken Bones...
PUNK GLOBE: Got any tours planned for the near
TAFF: Hopefully,we're off to Canada and concentrating
on playing more UK shows ..also,hopefully Greece and Puntala will come
PUNK GLOBE: How does Rat keep up with both Discharge
TAFF: He keeps up on his pushbike...
PUNK GLOBE: How the hell does Rat's voice up with
doing both Discharge and Varukers?
TAFF: It's stuck in his throat...also,sperm seems to
ba good lubricant
PUNK GLOBE: When did you start playing with the band?
How did it happen?
TAFF: My probation officer made me join about 10
years ago...Biff's did the same about 20 years ago and Sean and
Ricardo's mum's made him join instead of a paper round
PUNK GLOBE: Do you keep in touch with the guys in
Chaos UK? Can we expect something in
TAFF: We touch them on their arseholes...fuck Chaos
UK..they're a fucking pose...('cept Mower)
PUNK GLOBE: Where is your favourite place to tour?
TAFF: All tours are about the same fun..so no real
preferrential treatment to any nation...punks are punks all around the
PUNK GLOBE: Lots of old school bands like Varukers
have good promotion overseas and tour frequently. What is the scene
like in the UK compared to the scene in for instance the US?
TAFF: Both scenes are pretty healthy at the
moment...lots of younger punks coming up through the ranks..I should
imagine Sweden to be pretty similar...
PUNK GLOBE: Are you satisfied with the retrospective
CD "1980 - 2005 : A Collection of 25 years" you did for SOS Records?
What is it like working with them?
TAFF: The compilation was another comp...never even
seen it...couldn't tell you about SOS...
PUNK GLOBE: Speaking of retrospective. Since the
original line up of Varukers was formed in 1979 the music buisness and
the punk scene has changed drastically. XXXXX
TAFF: It's probably gone full-circle at the
minute...there is a definite buzz about the punk scene at the
moment...noteable difference is there's not so much fighting with
skinheads etc that went on a lot in UK early 80's...
PUNK GLOBE: Give me some thoughts on mp3's and
illegal/legal file sharing?
TAFF: I'm all for it...too many expensive,shite
records out there...I download mp3's...if the stuff is good,I buy the
CD...I love the presentation of them...if someone is going to download
your stuff and not buy it,they're the type of people who were taping
your albums 10 years ago..
PUNK GLOBE: What do you feel about commercialism and
the state of punk rock today.
TAFF: What fucks us off is those arsehole cunts who
pretend to be anarchists and of high punk principle,when in
fact,they're the same rip off capitalist twats as the majors..we've
nothing against people making a lving from labels/distros/clothing
etc,but hate those who make out they
don't and call your band money-grabbing...
PUNK GLOBE: Does it have a negative effect on music?
Punks will allways make music,regardless of the state of
PUNK GLOBE: Speaking of that when will we see a
Varukers pillow case at Interpunk?
TAFF: Already got them...most Varukers fans buy them
'cos we put them to sleep...
PUNK GLOBE: How was British Invasion 2k6? Any
TAFF: RIOT! RIOT! RIOT!
PUNK GLOBE: Thanks for your time Taff. Any last words
to our readers?
TAFF: Thanks for the interview...stay in school and
drugs are for losers....