ctmf (wild billy chyldish)
36 years later / chatham forts
The lyrics to the b-side, 'Chatham Forts' where written around Christmas '76, when Billy first fantasised about forming a punk rock group.
Having no gear, or real players CTMF were still-born. Later in 77 The Pop Rivets came about. He’s been Preoccupied for the last 36 years so the 'Chatham Forts' never got the kiss of life till this year when he dug the words out and started over again. The name comes from his involvement with the Medway Military Research Group, which he co founded in the early 70's with a school friend, Keith Gulvin. They were the world's first fortress study group, and Billy and Keith are still involved in research of the local forts in our local towns. Really, 'Chatham Forts' would have been headed by Billy under his first punk moniker, Gus Claudius, but regardless, due to his genius CTMF sound as new and broken now as the would have in 1977. The track 36 Years Later refers to the digging up of that old group name and how my sensibilities remain the same to his punk ethos of 36 years ago.
- 36 Years Later
- Chatham Forts