Saint Anthony – A poem for Tony Wilson

Saint Anthony

Saint Anthony

Please come round

Something is lost that can not be found

Talk to me of Albion Anderton and art

The Arndale

Alan Turin

Acid House

Alexandra Park

Bez the Buzzcocks bouncing bombs

The beautiful Busby Babes


Cancer Christies Catholicism

Crack and Curt Cocaine

Talk to me of all these things and one thing is for certain

I’ll see the face I’ll hear the voice of Anthony H Wilson

Dance Design Devotto Durrutti

Development of an industrial dirty Northern City

De La Salle


And how in the end you hated the pity

Elvis Engels ecstasy

A girl called Emmeline

The hours I spent watching you on my black and white TV.

From So It Goes To Sunday Roast




Elephants washed by dwarves on 1970’s TV

Factory fame financial fuck ups

Poetic Form

The Fall

4 June 1976 at the Lesser Free Trade Hall

Talk to me

Talk to me

Of Gretton God Granada

Hooky and Hannett

And how the fighting just got harder

Hamlet Ibsen The IRA

Jesus Mary and Keith Joseph

Joy Division


The importance of the moment



Lust for Life

Louis Louis

Linnaeus Banks





And Karl Marx

Night Clubs new bands New Order Oppenheimer

Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark

Topical Late night intellectual chat shows like

The other side of midnight and After Dark

Talk to me of all these things and one thing is for certain

I’ll hear the Salford Cambridge TONES of Anthony H Wilson

Talk to me of Peterloo of praxis police and pride

Talk to me of Pontius Pilot of Power Corruption and lies

The Queen the queers the quiet ones all shy and self and effacing

Like Morrissey but not Mark E Smith or Shaun Ryder when he’s been free


Johnny Rotten


Richard and Judy

Vinny Reilly

That stupid yellow circular face now known simply as “a smiley”

Righteous rebellious red ridiculous

Rochdale and Regent road

I want to hear the sound of the Salford soft boy moan and moan

Tony Talk to me in the sacristy of a Salfords De La Salle

Of preachers and poets, professors and philosophers

Tony talk to me I’m feeling sad

Of Saville

Shaw the Smiths Stone Roses

That smile so smug the swagger

I want to hear it from the mouth of an honest hardworking Blagger

Talk to me of Sex pistols Substance

The streets the sounds

The sniffed and snorted stolen swigged multi million pounds

Tony talk to me of the greatest ever Man United team

Was it






Roy Keane





Eric Cantona

Unknown Pleasures of the doubles and the Treble

Incantation from the stars

Talk to me half pissed

Talk to me half stoned

Talk to me as a boy when I’m sat in my Fallowfield council home

Talk to me on the telly

Talk to me on the radio

Talk to me at the opening of some arty Farty show

Talk of vision virgin victory and violence

Don’t leave me sat in the Hidden Gem listening to the buzz of silence

Talk to me of Warsaw

Drug wars and trendy flats within warehouses

But when it comes to footy Tony – don’t talk to me about the scousers

X Ray Spex

X Ray tests

X Ray therapy

X wife chats on XFM

The best youth worker I’ve ever seen

Yin and Yang

Your master plan of an independent North scene



Youth club banter

Yeats – come and talk to me

Tony Talk to Me

Zeitgeist talks to me

Wilson talk to me

Tony come and talk to me


4 thoughts on “Saint Anthony – A poem for Tony Wilson

  1. just reminds me how much we need someone like tony, especially in the media…
    if tony was a blue, who knows where his incantations would lead to.
    we’ve all got our tone stories, he once saved me from a beating from some aggressive bouncers at a fall gig at the free trade hall, he also promised to look at my portfolio of paintings i never got round to arranging. his wit, wisdom and ideas remain inspirational.

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