"From Heavy Metal to Tin Pan Alloy"

​The Kid, it would appear, is in a time warp. What he reckons the band will still get out of the deal is a "real producer", and he admits they will be keeping an "open mind" about recording singles. Translated that means the HMK could be recording a song by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman - Britain's top pop writers - though their own material will always get preference.

"We've always had more promotion spent on our singles than albums," says the pacing yobo. But he denies that the deal means the Kids will be throwing away ferocity and aggression for the lucrative tranquility of the charts. The break in constant touring while they record new material in France under Most's direction will also give the band a chance to change the stage act. That change could be significant.

"We are outrageous, in fact very often we're blamed for going over the top, but in the new act we're going to be dropping nearly all the old numbers except for the favourites like "The Cops" and "Rock'n'Roll Man". It's not a different direction but instead of us getting drunk out of our skunks and going on we're going to have to be a little more together. Most promoters don't want us back." says Holton nonchalantly.

"We're banned from quite alot of the gigs - all the ones that are sort of half-nice. That's why we've decided to make the show more directional because it did get a bit self indulgent sometimes. When we came back from touring in the states after touring with Alice Cooper it was too overdone. It's not difficult living it up to what people expect of me but I like my privacy. If people start treading on that then I genuinely get aggressive. But what I do is tongue-in-cheek. I enjoy it, I get off on it."

"The act doesn't influence audiences to be aggressive, it calms them down. Only one row of seats went down on the last tour." he says matter of factly.

Their Mickie Most produced album should be out in April to coincide with the new act going on tour in Britain, and Holton says the songs will be more factual than in the past, concentrating on things that have happened in the band. Holton began showbusiness at the age of 11, playing the parts of what he calls "snotty child actors, the ones everyone hates to act with."

It was here here began to develop his cocky, cheeky and aggressive image. He says he entered pop music because someone told him it was an easy way of making money.

"Don't get me wrong, I like the money but it's not the only way to measure success. Heavy Metal Kids are successful now because when we go out and play music we play to packed houses. That's success too." Maybe, but chart success also counts and that means selling records. Isn't he frightened they may have to compromise their music now they're with Mickie Most's hit machine and their old fans might not understand?

"No, not at all. They're intelligent, our fans, so first of all they might think that and then when they see us there'll be no great change except that we'll be better."

"Anyway, I can be very threatening." he adds glancing down at the dog lead...


Gary Holton is a self-confessed yobo. Leader of the Heavy Metal Kids for more than two years, he's carved a name for himself as being a bit of a hardcase: the fearless punk who chains everything in sight and then gets roughed up himself.

He's such a yobo that the next night he's back for more. But the idol of the footbal terrace hooligans could be undergoing a change. You see, the Kids have just signed a recording deal with the maestro of the pop charts - Mickie Most.

Holton stalks up and down the the cold room of his basement flat, spikey hair on a deceptively small body. Menace. What menace? Round his neck he fits a dog's collar - and a dog's lead!

He doesn't want the kids to be bracketed with the other Most stars like Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro, Smokie & The Arrows. He refers to Most as the man who had a hand in helping Jeff Beck, Donovan and Led Zepplin.