Camden Town singer Suggs’ plea to save Good Mixer
Just a few days left to make a comment on new owner's planning application for pub
09 August, 2018 — By Tom Foot
Suggs had a charts smash hit with ‘Camden Town’ in 1995
CAMDEN Town music legend Suggs has rushed to the defence of the threatened Good Mixer pub, saying he loves it “like my non-existent dad”.
The Madness singer called for supporters to save the “landmark” pub in Inverness Street and warned that Camden’s heritage was at risk of being dumped like a plastic bag in the canal.
Suggs – real name Graham McPherson – was speaking with just days left to respond to a planning application from the building’s owners that regulars fear will lead to the pub’s closure.
He told the New Journal: “I love the Mixer like it’s my non-existent dad. Man alive, how many Camden landmarks will go?
“Shall we just say good- night, pack ourselves off to bed and forget about it? Shall we drop what’s left [of Camden] in a Sainsbury’s carrier bag in the canal. Our culture – who cares?”
Suggs warns pub could lose ‘its soul’
Suggs had a series of hits with Madness in the 1970s and 1980s before recording his solo hit, Camden Town, in 1995.
He added: “The management have done a great job with the Mixer. You can’t change the place a lot, it will lose its soul.
“I nearly fell over with pride when I went in the gaff on Thursday. Packed with the wrong and right. Locals chewing the fat with tourists. Please God – if there be such a thing – don’t let them take the Good Mixer.”
The Mixer pub was central to the area’s Britpop movement of the 1990s and a regular hangout for indie band members such as Blur and Elastica.
Amy Winehouse could often be found playing pool with regulars. Hundreds attended its final night in January and there were celebrations when it reopened with new management in April.
The building’s new owner, Max Barney Ltd – which runs the Containerville complex in Hackney and owns other corner pub buildings in London – has submitted an application to Camden Council that will move part of the bar into the basement.
Staff rooms upstairs would be turned into “high-quality office accommodation” and an extra floor would be added to the building. A lift would also be installed in the existing pub space.
Supporters of the pub have until Monday to respond to the application.
Max Barney did not respond to a request for comment yesterday (Wednesday) but in its planning application said: “The loss of staff accommodation on the upper floors would not detrimentally impact the operation of a public house on this site.
“Furthermore, the refurbishment works are considered to improve the appearance, layout and usability of the public house…”
To respond to the application, visit Camden Council website. The application number is 2018/1209/P.