Pin Ups Pirates was one of those ones that you remember as being a bit ropey, but looking back at the photos it appears a lot more people got into the spirit of it than you rum-ember. It was also another one of our nights that was subject to relentless ripping off in the months afterwards with a couple of trendy London clubs suddenly running Nautical Nights and Pirate Parties in the spring of 2011 and copying a LOT of our chat.
We had been trying to get Paul Thomson of Franz Ferdinand to DJ for us for ages (we pretty much kept Pirates up our sleeve til he signed up – we knew he’d be perfect) and he was a great sport, appearing in what he described as a “cabin boy” ensemble. Similarly, for literally years we had wanted Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lock Pickers to play live, so it was great getting them on the bill too.
The night involved a Treasure Hunt involving a map of the Flying Duck, passwords from staff and Paul Thomson himself, and a cash prize (the winner was Ms R Davies of Hotwire fame). There were also prizes for the best pirates, which I think were won by the chaps who attended as the Somali variant. I think Captain Barney(cle) of the Flying Duck talked us out of filling the entire back bar with sand, which with hindsight was very wise. A look at iTunes shows me we had a good laugh with the music – Yo Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Rum, French Navy, Shiver me Timbers, A Pair Of Brown Eyes, The Anchor Song and Professor Booty all saw action. Here’s what we had to say before the party:
“Manning the poop decks will be Captain Paul Thomson, the tattoo’d picaroon of Franz Ferdinand. Paul will be joined by a motley crew of Pin Ups DJs, who will be swilling rum and playing a heady mix of shanties to keep you dancing all night long!
We’ll be flying the Jolly Roger above the Flying Duck from 9pm and it’ll be ‘all hands ahoy’ to catch a fine booty of live bands in the Hold. Ace City Racers (http://www.myspace.com/