From the STE Collective Facebook page: S.T.E. 1! CULTURE SHOCK/HATE THAT SMILE/CORPORATE GRAVE – Wed 29 June 1988 – Southampton West Indian Club.
Kent Jolly who was an American woman living in the U.K. was booking a CULTURE SHOCK tour & contacted me (Rich) about a Southampton gig. A load of us had a meeting at the Joiners & put some money into a kitty. Paul Jay came up with the S.T.E. (Southampton, Totton & Eastleigh) Collective name simply based on the places where we lived. This might have been HATE THAT SMILE’s 1st gig – they were ex ATROX & old friends from Dorset (Wimborne, Dorchester & Wareham). This was definitely CORPORATE GRAVE’s first gig with Rik Godfrey on bass after Bren left. I made the flyer which was a bastardisation of a BRIGANDAGE poster with the pics from a CULTURE SHOCK fanzine interview I think. Beforehand we were really worried that no one would turn up but over 200 did. Bing at the WI warned us prior to the gig about people smoking drugs at the gig, which was ironic as afterwards when we went to pay him the member’s room was thick with smoke.
Paul Chambers: Yep, HTS 1st gig, I broke my A sting on the 1st note of the 1st song and replaced it in the dark with a D.
You laugh at your boss When he winces at the radio You think he’s just so old Cos he enjoys the golden oldies show One day, you too will be old And your kids will laugh at you And when you hear the golden oldies Will you be able to laugh too?
Got to be in by ten o’clock Say you’re prayers before you go to bed Daddy will come and tuck you in Eighteen years old without a thought in her head Wash your hands before you eat What’s he doing in your room? I don’t like the look in his eyes You’ll have to finish with him and soon Parents – who’d have them?
You were just too damn clever I drink to forget Now I can’t remember What I’m trying to forget Whenever
One day I’ll be at peace Before I go to pieces All my pain will disappear Bodily function ceases No cause for alarm Ginseng lover You’re walking my way Might as well kick it over
What Are Friends For?
What are friends for? When your parents are away And you party all night and day They’re going to smash up your place That’s what friends are for If there’s a secret Don’t ask a friend to keep it All rumours are bullshit That’s what friends are for
A Pile Of Stones
Who would think that A pile of stones Could cause all this trouble Police presence double This year no Glastonbury Weather forecast sunny If only ancient man could see He’d find it really funny June twenty first Eighty eight Could be last and worst And just too late
Hi, my name is Peachy Keen I am this year’s carnival queen You can enter into my dream If you ever run out of steam
Set up for a night with fate Seeing someone on a blind date You know it could be love or hate So excited I just can’t wait But I maybe in a state Get out before it’s too late
Wonder stuff from the wonder boy Wonderful Wonder-full Of shit Knew everything about nothing But never failed to impress Wonderful Wonder-full Of shit Knew something about everything Something more Nothing less
Settle Down Lads
I beat up me mates At the match last week Got real pissed And a curry to eat Even though England can’t play Great Britain’s gonna have it’s day Hooliganism will lead the way Britain will be great some day Settle down lads It’s the second half Out on the streets Let’s have a laugh Kick his fuckin’ head in One-nil Smash his fuckin’ face Two-nil Britain will be great one day
Argh – good clean fun Shower – bullets from a gun Thorn – in my side Born – screaming inside I-ache Argh-ache
When you take a test It is for courage and strength Not for trust and emotion When they are obsessed Power is length and breadth And deeper than the ocean 21 Hiroshimas later Will we have learned our lesson? 21 later
Frank Bough Don’t scoff He needs the money Selina Scott Should be shot Now that’s funny
Shame You Died (4 D Boon)
You brought love to the world Gave us some kind of hope When the chips were down You could help us cope
Not much going on right now But they say a lot is too much I’d like to try and walk alone Don’t want your god-damn crutch
Follow That Car
High speed chase Hand to wheel embrace Sweat pouring down your face Tyre rubber burns Sixty mile-an-hour turns Crashed – caught – learned
You know you’re not depressed Cos you’ve felt worse than this You’re just feeling like you’ve lost your way And there’s no way out of this No way out of this Disconsolate – no structure Disconsolate – no future But your consolation is There’s a way out of this
Alex Vann: Drums Rich Waitland: Guitar/Vocals Paul Chambers: Bass/Vocals Paul Simmons: Guitar Shaun Hemsley: Vocals
26th Feb 2021 – Not certain about the date for this but 1988 would be correct. This was the first iteration of Hate That Smile. Rich left fairly soon after recording this as we started to want to play more shows and I think he had young kids at the time and wasn’t able to commit his time. If I remember correctly I joined the band a little later after formation and still wasn’t sure about how to sing some of Paul’s lyrics so he and Rich ended up singing their songs in the studio.
Alex, the two Paul’s and I had all played together in Atrox which disbanded after Dave Redfern and Charlie Mason went off to university. I’m not sure of the genesis of Hate That Smile anymore. I think the Paul C came up with the name though not sure what the meaning was behind it. This was the time of the rise of Acid House music and raves which adopted the smiley face symbol and I found an image that was similar but the smile had been manipulated into something a little more sinister. I got 500 stickers made up and spread them everywhere I could around my little town. I don’t think they had any impact.
I still enjoy listening to these songs and we felt part of the much larger punk scene of the time though musically sometimes it’s hard to see where we fit in. I was always critical of my vocal skills, especially as this band needed a strong singer and not so much a shouter (which I also wasn’t particularly good at anyway) but considering how badly I sing these days I think I gave it a fair shot. The music holds up as interesting and I was happy with the lyrics I was contributing.