Hello again, just a short one for your Sunday morning/afternoon to be getting on with as I keenly wait for my coffee to brew. I need some as remarkably I’m actually cold for once as I watch Liverpool and Everton kicking lumps out of each other in what looks like cold rain off the Irish Sea.
Rarely do I make a ‘comment’ from a previous blog entry into a new post but as this one sheds more light on the filming of the video for ‘Bankrobber’ it seems worth it to me. The Baker, being featured in the video below was in a good position to answer Gil who had asked him what he remembered – “Baker, I’ve always enjoyed watching the “Bankrobber” video. I like the combination of the serious (the band in the studio) and the funny (you and Johnny running around). It looked like it was fun to have been a part of that vid…thanks for the behind-the-scenes memories!”
“That was another crazy day at Lewisham Odeon. Don Letts turned up with his film crew to take some footage to splice into a video for ‘Bankrobber’. Having no pre-conceived concept it was an on-the-spot idea to have me and Johnny dress with bandanas’ over our faces and pretend to rob a bank.
I was already less than enthusiastic at the idea, as I already had a full day of work preparing for the show that night. But Don assured us it wouldn’t take long and would be great and Johnny coerced me along. I couldn’t see the point – we were the most unlikely-looking bankrobbers you could ever conjure up….Johnny’s gangly stick insect figure looking ten-feet tall made me look even shorter and squat than normal. Later watching the finished video, I finally understood the comedic visual Don was trying to put forth and it worked quite well.
So he filmed us leaning up against the wall, running out of the bank, running down Lewisham High Street alarming shoppers, tearing across roads, jumping over the camera – it went on and on and all I could think about was what I should have been doing the whole time back at the gig. Suddenly two police Rovers came screeching round the corner, grabbed us and bundled us all up against the wall!
“This is all your fucking fault, Green!” I yelled at Johnny as the cops padded us down. “Now we’re gonna end up down the nick and miss the gig, you cunt!”
After much convincing that it was all a stunt, the cops let us go with stern faces and we made it back to the Odeon just as the soundcheck was ending. Fortunately, there were few problems equipment-wise and all’s well that ended well. Ironically, the funniest part of the incident, was the part Don couldn’t film – Johnny and I screaming at each other hands against the wall….”I’m gonna fucking kill you Green when this is over….” “Its your fucking fault Baker for looking like a thug!”
Later, back at the hotel, we divied up the fee Johnny had coaxed out of Don, so that was alright. I always wondered what the fans made of it….what did you think Gil?”