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The Exploited Frontman Wattie Buchan Discusses His Health, Legacy And The Lies Behind Brexit

Some bands wear their hearts on their sleeves. Others don't just represent their beliefs, they embody them. Manowar, it could be said, were the embodiment of heavy metal, George Clinton was funk personified and if ever there was a band that were punk incarnate, it's Edinburgh's own, The Exploited. With no less than eight stellar albums over thirty nine years, the group has given the world such anthems as, "Punk's Not Dead," "UK82" and "Fuck The U.S.A." and despite lineup changes, feuds with other bands and musicians and health problems, the Scottish legends are still going strong today. At a recent show in Bristol, I had the pleasure of sitting down with iconic frontman Wattie Buchan, as well as his brother, Wully, who plays drums in the band, to discuss a variety of subjects such as punk, Brexit, why they were banned from Top Of The Pops and what was redeeming about Margaret Thatcher "being a cunt."

On his recent health problems, Wattie said:

"I've had like five heart attacks, quadruple bypass, a gastric bypass, two hernia operations and a blood clot. I should be dead, that's what six doctors have told me but now I'm easily in the best shape I've been for ten years."

On new material:

"We told the label six years ago that we had an album almost ready. We've got at least sixteen brilliant songs written, I just need to put lyrics to them, but with my health problems I've not been able to do it. We've got a couple of songs written but it's hard to get us together once a week for practice because we all live far away and our guitarist and bassist have jobs. Hopefully with my health being better, we'll try and get something done, but I'll never do anything unless it's a hundrsd percent. We could go into the studio tomorrow and I could throw out some some lyrics, but it wouldn't be hundred percent and that would be exploiting the punks."

On Brexit:

"Brexit's going to be a fucking nightmare. All the people who promoted it like Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage and all these cunts that pushed it through, but as soon as it went through they didn't have a clue how to handle it which is why they passed it on, that's why David Cameron left, because he knew it's going to be a total nightmare. Boris Johnson and Farage are two of the biggest fannies the world has ever seen, total idiots, thy claimed that there'd be all this money going to the National Health Service then they deny ever saying it. It's unbelievable that these people are in power and nobody's doing anything about it."

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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