A London Celtic Punks exclusive! We are pleased to be the first to bring you the new single and first release ‘Alang Cam A Boaby’ from Lipton’s Orphan, the long awaited new project featuring former Rumjack, Frankie McLaughlin.
It’s been a long time coming but worth the wait in the long run and we’d like to say a huge thanks to Frankie for allowing London Celtic Punks to share the exclusive first showing of his new music with Lipton’s Orphans with the promise of lots more to come!
“Inspired by true events, and by a creepy little wrong-un from the local constabulary”
ALANG CAM A BOABY
I were were ridin’ by the White Cart, A favourite o’ mine,
I were happy and ma business were mine alane tae mind,
About tae tan a couple o’ cans & leave the world behind,
When alang cam a Boaby, yak de yaldy daa..
He were ‘HAW, STOP! Who are you y’f**ker?’ and the rest,
And he’s pointed tae the shiny badge he’d pinned upon his chest,
A dirty trotter point in’ east the other lookin’ west,
A wee fat Boaby, yak de yaldy daa..
Aw Boaby is it lost ye are? and no fed up i hope?
Nae weans left tae batter or nae lassies for tae grope,
Nae gammie up the calton for a baggie fu’ ay dope?
Sick wee Boaby, yak de yaldy daa..
He’s callt me aw the bastarts, spittin’ in ma face,
He’s gone for aw his thingmy-jigs his zappers and his mace,
H’es hi-de-ho’d his radio a squealin for his mates,
A saft wee Boaby, yak de yaldy daa..
Ya pervy little porky bit, i’ll pull ye doon a peg,
Now get tae ‘fore I fire ye oan a roll wi’ beans & egg,
The likes o’ you are overdue a switch aboot yer neck.
All performances: Frankie McLaughlin. Video shot and edited: Frankie McLaughlin.
Welcome back Frankie, what’s the news? Is it a new band you’ve got,.. or are you flying solo?
“Lipton’s Orphan was what my Mother used to call me anytime I was looking particularly scruffy, or came in the door covered head to toe in mud & shite.. so yeah, I heard it a lot I guess,.well into my adult years too.” “It was a popular saying around Glasgow once upon a time, and as it turns out refers to a fella named Thomas Lipton, as in Lipton’s tea. More specifically it refers to his pig.. which he would buy from the market and parade through the town with ‘Lipton’s Orphan’ daubed on the side of it.. apparently to drum up business for his grocery store. He was a definite character, once awarded a cup for being ‘The Worlds Best Loser’.. fantastic!” “Anyway, the name just kept popping up in my life for a bit there again, so I took the cue and adopted it. Sometimes it’s just myself,.. others it’ll be a few other folks involved.. depending on whose hanging about & not up to much.”
“So primarily just a recording project for now, with the occasional pop-up here & there.”
Tell us about the song, and well, ..what is a ‘Boaby’..
“The song came originally from a ‘chance encounter’ with a representative of the local constabulary while out walking the woods near my home at the time, a proper slimy wee wrong-un who displayed some seriously worrying behaviour. I’d finally got shot of the clown and was leaving the woods when I saw the ubiquitous A.C.A.B painted on the underpass, the chorus was born right then in my head, a humorous little ditty,.. I remember in England they used to call a policeman a ‘Bobby’, and in Scotland ‘Boaby’ is the term for the male appendage,.. the rest wrote itself.”
The video is pretty wild, where’s that coming from?
“I took my wee camera for a walk back to the woods and shot all the background stuff. There’s the remains of a fortified Iron Age settlement there, where I shot a lot of bits, it’s an amazing place.” “Apart from the Boaby himself, the only other two creatures I recall from that day were a crow, who just kinda followed me through the wood the whole time, and a stag that I spotted alone in his enclosed field. I’d been bingeing hard on a lot of old films including the original Wicker Man, so the old guising masks were born outta that as a way of telling the story.”
And can we take this as a sign of more to come?
“There’s a whole other load o’ songs around here in various states just now, so I guess we’ll get a few more things out there soon,.. then there’s a bunch o’ stuff that I think’ll better suit an entirely solo approach, so I’ll have a crack at that too.”
The single ‘Alang Cam A Boaby’ will be available this week via all major digital platforms