Me And The Chief Got Slowly Stoned

I recently re-found the copy of Happy Mondays Pills ‘N’ Thrills And Bellyaches that came free with The Guardian a few weeks ago. Looking down the tracklist of an album I probably haven’t played in full for at least fifteen years some of these are very well known to me (Kinky Afro, Step On, Loose Fit, Bob’s Yer Uncle) and some I could barely remember, especially this one and Donovan. As soon as it started to play I recalled all of it. God’s Cop was about former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester James Anderton, a right wing nutter, about whom there were scores of unbelievable/totally believable stories. Shaun’s lyrics here are great, drawled over a lolloping groove- ‘me and the chief got Soul To Soul, me and the chief got slowly stoned’.

God’s Cop