Patrik Fitzgerald - Patrik

Patrik Fitzgerald

Born: Patrick Joseph Fitzgerald, London, 19 March 1956

Punk poet Patrik Fitzgerald was a special talent. Armed with just an acoustic guitar, he rose to prominence via a record deal with Small Wonder, one of Britain’s most consistently interesting indie labels at the time. Singing in a charming boy-next-door Cockney accent about the realities of working class life, often in a hail of spit from disgruntled kids who decided he wasn't punk enough, he was as punk as it got. (He even auditioned for London SS, you know.)

His debut EP Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart is a classic, filled with witty lyrics and pithy observations about state control tactics (‘Work. Rest. Play. Reggae’) and the pains of unrequited love on the frantically strummed title track. Two more EPs in a similar vein (the excellent Backstreet Boys and the slightly boring The Paranoid Ward) followed, his increasing popularity resulting in Small Wonder making a deal with Polydor to distribute Grubby Stories. It’s a splendid album, one of the forgotten beauties of the time. Seventeen songs on all manner of subjects (prostitution, football violence, suicide pacts, sexual diseases, boredom, trendies, punk as a commodity), the one-man approach is abandoned on a couple of group efforts featuring assistance from members of Buzzcocks and Penetration. Throughout there is a commitment to Crass-like punk idealism, but the delivery is warm, cheeky and charming, and at times summoning up moments of genuine pathos and even sadness and regret.

SAFETY PIN STUCK IN MY HEART

I don't love you for your graveyard eyes
I don't love you for your shaven thighs
I just love you for that
Beat-beat-beat-beat-beating

I don't love you for your tattered tie
I don't love you, and I don't know why
I just love you for that
Beat-beat-beat-beat-beating

I've got a safety pin stuck in my heart
For you, for you

I don't love you for your professed hate
I don't love you for your cards of fate
I just love you for that
Beat-beat-beat-beat-beating

I don't love you for your painted shoes
I don't love you for your friends you never choose
I just love you for that
Beat-beat-beat-beat-beating

I've got a safety pin stuck in my heart
For you, for you

I don't love you for your many reasons
Propagandas, doctrines, treasons
All I know's that
Beat-beat-beat-beat-beating

I've got an ear inflamed on my dog chain
Painted faces, painted names -
My shirt - it's all that
Beat-beat-beat-beat-beating

I've got a safety pin stuck in my heart
For you, for you

Patrik Fitzgerald - Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart - UK 7" 1978 (Small Wonder - SMALL 4) B-SidePatrik Fitzgerald - Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart - UK 7" 1978 (Small Wonder - SMALL 4) A-Side

ABOVE: labels for the Backstreet Boys EP

Patrik Fitzgerald - Grubby Stories Advert

 

Patrik Fitzgerald - All Sewn Up - UK 7" 1979 (Small Wonder/Polydor - 2059 091) A-SidePatrik Fitzgerald - Improve Myself - UK 7" 1979 (Polydor - 2059 135) A-Side

ABOVE: Two singles for Polydor: The All Sewn Up and Improve Myself

Patrik Fitzgerald - Grubby Stories UK LP 1979 (Small Wonder/Polydor	- 2383 533) Side 1Patrik Fitzgerald - Tonight EP - UK 12" 1980 (Final Solution - FS EP 001) A-Side

ABOVE: Two more labels: Grubby Stories and Tonight E.P.

Following two more great singles and the Tonight E.P., Fitzgerald abandoned punk entirely.

Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart is a CD-only compilation that includes the entire contents of the first three EPs, selected singles sides (‘All Sewn Up’ from 1979 and ‘Pop Star Pop Star’ from 1982), some songs from the debut album, and a handful of demos. It is a great overview of his punkier years and features amusing liner notes from Fitzpatrik himself ("I also appeared in front of 80,000 people in Victoria Park, Hackney, a Rock Against Racism event where some Clash fans, tolerant souls that they were...mistook myself and the acoustic for a dartboard".)

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Patrik Fitzgerald - Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart Patrik Fitzgerald - Backstreet Boys Patrik Fitzgerald - The Paranoid Ward Patrik Fitzgerald - All Sewn Up Patrik Fitzgerald - Grubby Stories
Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart (7", 1978) Backstreet Boys
(7", 1978)
The Paranoid Ward (7"/12", 1978) All Sewn Up
(7", 1979)
Grubby Stories
(LP, 1979)
Patrik Fitzgerald - Improve Myself Patrik Fitzgerald Group - Tonight E.P. Patrik Fitzgerald - Without Sex Patrik Fitzgerald - Personal Loss Patrik Fitzgerald - Gifts And Telegrams
Improve Myself
(7", 1979)
Tonight E.P.
(12", as Patrik Fitzgerald Group, 1980)
Without Sex (7", as Josef Garrett, 1981) Personal Loss
(7", 1982)
Gifts And Telegrams (LP, 1982)
Patrik Fitzgerald - Drifting Towards Violence Patrik Fitzgerald - Tunisian Tiwst      
Drifting Towards Violence (LP, 1983) Tunisian Twist
(LP, as Patrik Fitzgerald +3, 1986)
     

Extraneous Releases

Patrik Fitzgerald - The individual Spoke Patrik Fitzgerald - Treasures Patrik Fitzgerald - Safety Pin    
The Individual Spoke... (7", flexi, split with Anne Clark, 1982) Treasures From The Wax Museum
(CD, 1993)
Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart: The Very Best Of... (CD, 1994)    

Various Artists

20 Of Another Kind UK LP 1979 (Polydor): Irrelevant Battles

20 Of Another Kind Volume Two UK LP 1979 (Polydor): All Sewn Up / Improve Myself

Dreams And Desires UK Taper 1984 (Pleasantly Surprised): Smile

Goodbye To All That UK LP 1985 (Red Flame): Island Of Lost Souls Red

Seeds II: Art UK LP 1987 (Cherry Red): Trendy

Ashes And Diamonds (The Underground Educational Entertainment Program 2) UK LP 1988 (Red Flame/Ink/Underground Magazine): Drifting Towards Violence

Small Wonder: The Punk Singles Collection UK CD 1994 (Anagram): Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart / Buy Me Sell Me

Small Wonder: The Punk Singles Collection Volume Two UK CD 1996 (Anagram): Set We Free / The Little Dippers / Irrelevant Battles

1-2-3-4 Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 UK 5xCD 1999 (Universal): Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart

Links

THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER - A PATRIK FITZGERALD DOCUMENTATION - Good site with discography etc

PUNK '77 - typically excellent Patrik Fitzgerald entry

MYSPACE - A blog

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO - Some stuff to read

WIKIPEDIA - Has this to stare at

 

 

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