Grimsby fish shop hottest joint in town! –

Grimsby fish shop hottest joint in town! Published:  22 February, 2007

Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy

A HIGH selling pop artist has just completed his latest gig – at a fish and chip shop in the heart of a Grimsby residential area.

Smith’s Ideal Fisheries Shop near the centre of town became the hottest and unlikeliest pop venue in town last night as Badly Drawn Boy performed before scores of fans.

The popular takeaway, which has been in the same family for over 70 years, was chosen from a short list of other fish and chip shops around the country as part of a competition by the singer – otherwise known as Damon Gough – to host a performance to promote his latest album, Born In The UK.

The outright winner was a fish shop in Bristol called Magnet with a London chippy called Toff’s coming second. The Grimsby outlet came third in the contest, which was run through the internet with fans of the singer told to register their preference on-line.

Many pop singers have used Grimsby fish and chip shops when giving concerts in the town down the years including Cliff Richard, and Billy Fury in the 1950s, and Liverpool groups in the 1960s. But no-one has given a show at one before.

Dave Smith, who runs Smith’s Ideal Fisheries, said it was a great boost for the fried fish trade and added that he was delighted his premises had been selected as one of the winners. “I am really excited and have been waiting for this for months. It must be the first time a Grimsby fish shop has had a concert given outside its doors,” he added.

Dave said he was now listening to Badly Drawn Boy’s CDs and was becoming a fan of the rock singer. “I feel great that so many people decided to vote for my shop,” he added.

Fewer than 20 fans were able to get inside the shop because of limited size, but many more gathered outside as Badly Drawn Boy, wearing his trademark woolly hat gave an impromptu show.

Damon Gough chose his stage name from the title character in the show Sam and His Magic Ball, which he saw on television. Before he thought of using this name he made some business cards, each one unique, with a printed picture of a drawing by his nephew, and a small collage by Gough.

The singer said: “It was fun and a bit of a wacky idea – this the first time I have played outside a fish and chip shop. It is also the first time I have been to Grimsby, which is strange really because I was bought up not that far from the town. But it is great to be in Grimsby at last and I am pleased everyone has enjoyed it.”

He said the idea came about because the cover to an album was wrapped in a piece of newspaper with a fish and chip forking sticking out of it. And he added that fish and chips were a Friday night regular at home when he was a youngster.

Four years ago Q Magazine named Badly Drawn Boy, who has appeared at the Glastonbury Festival, in their list of the “50 Bands to See Before You Die”.

Ironically, his third album is called “Have You Fed The Fish”, but the singer is a self confessed Pot Noodle addict. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.