With a Radio 1/BBC Music Live session broadcast to the nation that August, two support slots with Hundred Reasons (London and Aberdeen), and an In The City unsigned showcase in Sep 2000 (resulting in front-page ‘Tip Sheet’ review hailing them to be the best band of the day), they set off to record ‘Fisty’. The studio sessions were plagued with double-bookings, cancellations, colds, and the engineer being snowed-in for days… but we think it’s come out great in the end.
‘Standoffish’ was first released by Fierce Panda in March ‘01, on the ‘Cheffing And Blinding EP’ with Six By Seven, KaitO and others, which landed in the indie charts at No. 4. The core songwriters of Purple Munkie, Alan Ferguson (vocals/guitar) and Jim Butterly (guitar), are already hard at work writing new songs showing even more diverse influences. The 46-second hardcore punk track ‘Two Brass Camels’, originally penned in extra studio time whilst recording their first ever demo, appeared on vinyl mini compilation ‘The Littlest Album’.
Although the band formed in Elgin (roughly halfway between Inverness and Aberdeen), the band are now based in Glasgow. Drummer Lewis, an Inverness boy, replaced Chuck Rose at the start of 2002.
The band have also recorded a 3-track session for R1's 'Sesssion In Scotland', which was broadcast in spring 2002.
After a few gigs with drummer Lewis Gale, the band decided to write a new set and change their name. They are now called Fickle Public.