ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS
This section includes articles and interviews from various publications. Articles are reproduced faithfully, with only obvious typos changed. I've tried to point out any bits that are misinforming or questionable.
Articles that focus on Patto as well as those that span over phases of their
career from Timebox to Patto to Boxer etc. are included
1972 Australian Interview
"Patto And progress", Ray Telford speaks with Mike about
progress so far, keeping the band a quartet, "Centipede", The
Who, and failed progress with previous bands.
|Melody Maker 1-23-71
"Bitter Patto: two years ahead", Like the title suggests, John
and Mike talk of bitterness towards the music business.
Out 12-3-71 "Who Needs A Circus When You've Got Patto?", A
humorous article/interview by Ian Pollack with Mike and Ollie
about "Hold Your Fire", Mike's early career, Halsey's
"big sounds", Centipede, and the Timebox days.
Maker 12-11-71 "Patto: music to loon by", Roy
Hollingworth's interview with Mike about John Halsey nearly quitting the
group, playing piano on stage, dishing out raw music, possibility of a
US tour, and puddings.
12-25-71 "Patto's Royal Command performances", David
Hughes interviews Mike about the "Hold Your Fire" LP,
disassociation the band from Timebox, and playing for Royalty.
"Mad warning from Patto", Ray Telford's interview with
Mike about the problem with guest musicians, the first album, the new
album ("Hold Your Fire"), "Centipede", and copyists.
"Patto. Their Motto Is: Never Do The Obvious", Roy Carr talks
to Mike about looning, audiences, not doing the obvious, and listening
to other music. Ace!
"Patto. A Smack of Anarchy", Quotes from Mike, Ollie,
and Clive about changing from their pop past in Timebox, their (very)
early musical backgrounds, playing live, and gaining recognition.
Also information about their stage gear.
"Meet Patto", Peter Erskine speaks with Mike about "You,
You Point Your Finger", the upcoming album, touring Europe with Ten
Years After, and "Centipede".
June 1972 "Patto Smothers Its Past", Rare American
press coverage by Janis Schacht. Includes some interesting
anecdotes not likely to be read elsewhere, but quotes are taken from
earlier UK articles.
8-12-72 "Patto comes to life...", Ray Telford talks
with Mike about the band's humor, doing a Grateful Dead type of gig, and
efficiency in the recording studio.
|Melody Maker 11-4-72 "Patto
break out", Mark Plummer talks to Mike about the Joe Cocker tour, breaking out of
the clique, and looning.
Sounds 11-11-72 "True
Patto", Ray Telford covers the "Roll 'Em Smoke 'Em..." and gets a
few quotes from Mike about the new album and the Joe Cocker tour.
NME 11-25-72 "Patto: last
of the raving bands", Mike discusses Chicago Line Blues Band, humor in
their shows, Halsey's drumming on the "Roll 'Em Smoke 'Em" album,
songs from the album, and the Joe Cocker tour.
Disc 12-9-72 "Patto - Lust
For Glory", Peter Erskine interviews Mike about the Joe Cocker tour, the
"Roll 'Em Smoke 'Em" album, new manager Nigel Thomas, challenges of
touring in America, and adding other musicians to the band.
Melody Maker 5-5-73 "Why Patto had to
split", Melody Maker talks with Mike about the breakup of Patto.
Trouser Press 1975 "Patto - A British
Tragedy", Ben Richardson's perspective on the the first three Patto albums.
Record Collector 8-90 "Patto and Timebox",
Nick Saloman's (aka Bevis Frond) excellent historical overview of Patto, Timebox,
|Ptolemaic Terrascope Autumn 92
"John Halsey and Patto", Another great one from Nick Saloman.
This is by far the best interview available. Lots of
great information and pictures!
Patto Story From Helen Newman 2006
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