Rolling With Barron
You may know him as Peter Barron, Google's head of communications and public affairs for the UK, Ireland and Benelux regions. He's been busy of late commenting on his company's strained relationship with China. Before this, he was Editor of Newsnight and sometime handler of Jeremy Paxman.
But I remember the fella in a different era. Back in late Seventies Belfast, Peter was a sardonic young punk at RBAI who played in a band called Pig Awful. Clever that, getting the slight in before your critics. I don't recall much other than a stumbling version of the Bay City Roller's tune, 'There Goes My Baby'. We had the bootleg tape for a while and we'd laugh like donkeys at the backing vocals, supplied by Markie the guitarist.
Peter's talents as a media contender became apparent when he got a job on the Algarve News in the late eighties, and soon he was making progress at the BBC and Channel 4. But he's still partial to the occasional guitar lick, jamming good with Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Endemol boss Tim Hincks. A youtube search on spizz13 also reveals a series of Barron guitar solos, spanking that plank in the manner of Eric Clapton and Link Wray.
And yes, I did a Google search of Peter Barron and Pig Awful. No results shown. But I wouldn't suppose the Chinese are responsible for this...