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Wow, blast from the (distant and rapidly receding) past. I have an interesting MJ story. I was the guitarist in Modest Proposal. As I recall the sequence of events: Unicorn put out our 12" Single-Minded, and in 1986, when I was 20, MJ invited us to London (from Washington DC) to do a gig at the 100 Club, which we were happy to do. While in London we spent a bit of time with him at the Unicorn/Phoenix List office (aka his flat, as I recall). We quickly had him pegged as gay, and joked about it among ourselves. It also became clear pretty quickly that he fancied me (being the youngest of the group I suppose, and at that age I didn't look too bad in eyeliner ;). But I/we tried not to be judgmental, and at one point I found myself on the back of that white P200E headed over to meet Rick Buckler at Arkantide Studios. So the Buckler part was cool, but the riding part not so much ;). The 100 Club gig happened and Buckler actually attended.

Later on, MJ, who knew I was looking to stay on in London, started dropping hints that he had a 'plan' for me. Well of course we in the band joked about that as well, esp. given that my bandmates were soon heading back to the US without me. So, the last night before they left to fly home, we're all in the pub with MJ. He's still hinting about his master plan for me, but didn't elaborate until the rest of the guys left and it was just him and me in the pub. He then proposed hiring me to work at Unicorn/Phoenix List, and said he could use his influence to steer me toward joining The Sharp, with Buckler, Foxton, and Jimmy Edwards, since they needed a second guitarist. All sounded great of course, except for the obvious question hanging in the air. Having had quite a few pints, I went ahead and asked him, along the lines of: 'before I accept or not, I have to know if you're gay'. He paused, said he did 'go with boys' but liked girls too. I made it clear I wasn't gay, not into that, etc. He said that wasn't what this was about, it was more of a business arrangement. He added, of course if I WANTED to, you know, he wouldn't say no… He also suggested that it was looking at my photo on the MP 7" that motivated him to arrange our gig there, essentially to get me over there. He had a young kid working for him at the time that we had met, can't remember his name but we had our suspicions about that setup. I said, what about you and X, what's the deal? He said 'we've had our fun'. In my drunken state I became kind of loudly irate with him, that I wasn't gay, and why would he suggest these things, etc. Probably over defensive in retrospect. When I talked to him next a day or two later, he was backpedaling on his offer and I ended up going back to Washington soon after.
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Just talking with one of the guys at work and told me about this site. I was in the band the outlets and played the same gig at the 100 club with you guys. funny thing is MJ took a shine to our drummer and kept trying to cosy up to him at Arkintide studios with the rest of us taking the piss including Rick Buckler. Small world
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Hi Guy

I've just read this posting about you being the guitarist in The Threads. I still have an old copy of the fanzine "Fire n Skill" where there is a profile of your band. If I remember correctly you're sitting around a Union Jack draped war memorial. Ring a bell?

All the best,

Andy
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