Slough's Ace Face and one of the quartet of cultural hooligans that brought you Boys Own. Terry Farley has been through more musical movements than Beethoven and more clothing fads than Hardy Amies. Born into a West London that sounds rather more like Kes than Hugh Grant's Notting Hill, Farley has been clubbing and DJing at the coalface for over thirty years.
Let’s start with a bit of biographical detail..
I was born in 1958 in Latimer Road, London. I lived there till I was about 13, then I moved to Slough.
Did you get moved because of the Westway?
We got moved because they were supposed to be doing a westway spur. They were supposed to be building another one right down our road and they never did it but they pulled everyone’s houses down. We had an outside toilet and no bathroom. I was 12 and I was having a bath in a tin bath. Everyone had these big air raid shelters, made of concrete that had been put up in the war and everyone kept chickens in them. Thinking back now it’s quite funny, cos once I’d moved to Slough, we moved into an estate that now looks shit but at the time looked wonderful. We had gas fires, indoor bathroom and toilet, fuckin’ wonderful.
How was it in Slough, how did you get into music?
Well, I got into music living in London because we were the white area of north Kensington when you got to the bottom of the road you got into Ladbroke Grove and it was very West Indian. Our area was quite white, but you’d still get parties late at night playing reggae with these very old Jamaican guys hanging out. I got really into reggae when I was nine or ten...
Interviewed by Frank Broughton & Bill Brewster in Bill's living room, 23.2.05