German Shepherd co-owner, Ian Moss, has been a mainstay of the Manchester music scene for over 40 years, ever since fronting punk upstarts ‘The Hamsters’ who turned their back on the stardom which could have been theirs having shared stages with the likes of The Fall and Joy Division.
In contrast to most punks, who were quick to sell out the moment a recording contract was proffered, Ian has maintained his anarchic, anti-establishment stance throughout and his cynical world-view takes aim at everyone from world leaders to friends trapped in bad relationships.
In Ian’s own words his new collection of lyrics, “Kroovy Goober” is described as follows “some of it is autobiographical, some of it is not, some of it is pained soul-baring, some of it is not. I hope you find some pieces to enjoy as I have enjoyed the journey”.
The title Krovvy Goober is derived from the book “A Clockwork Orange” and the argot used by the teenage gang members in Anthony Burgess’s dystopian novel – it translates as “Blood Lip”.
The new book is available now from Amazon
As a companion to the new book Ian has compiled 17 of his lyrics into a new album. It includes songs featuring some of the lyrics in the book There is new material and a selection of music from Ian’s back catalogue on German Shepherd Records.
Guests on the album include Space Museum, Simon “Ding” Archer, Neil and Gaynor Moss, Johann Kloos, Loop-Aznavour and Moff Skellington. Moff also created the stunning artwork which adorns the book and the album.