The Pies, The Pies

For as long as I can remember, the railway bridge over the M57 at Switch Island was adorned with the graffiti “THE PIES, THE PIES”, in 6ft-high letters, over the north-bound carriageway. I’m sure the comma was there, although I may be imagining it; I don’t think punctuation would be foremost in my mind as I teetered, paint brush in hand, over the middle lane.

Anyway, it became my all-time favourite graffiti, boasting a dream combination of meaninglessness and longevity. The only other one that came close was the slogan painted on a wall at the bottom of John Dobson Street in Newcastle upon Tyne, of which my wife and I were espcially fond: “Tyneside 90% Latvian”.

And then, disaster struck! They repainted the bridge and replaced the graffiti of the gods with one of those bloody GOURANGA stickers. For what seemed like an age, it appeared that those wondrous days were gone forever.

Until, that is, a renewed assault was made on the bridge: see right. This one is just a single “The Pies”, lacking the soporific rhythm of the original, but then an exact replica might have been seen by some as disrespectful. Instead, we have a glimmer of a golden era, surely left by the hand of Zeus, and with which no mortal man should interfere. Taking this picture with my camera-phone whilst doing 85mph, I felt a tiny frisson of that same adrenalin rush that must have driven the artist to commit the act itself. Actually, maybe it was just a bit of flatulence.

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4 thoughts on “The Pies, The Pies

  1. the pies graffiti is inspirational. the pies band are to play thier first show in walton jail on the 14th of september 2005. thier cd this is your time can still be bought on ebay. there are also some good pictures of pies graffiti there. my favorite pies graffiti is the one you see on the train out of lime street station on edge lane sidings. pies forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  2. Yes, I was distressed when The Pies The Pies vanished. The Pies (singular) is not nearly as funny. What I want to know is if it’s true that The Pies band are playing their first show on 15th Sept 2005 what have they been doing in the *many* years since that graffito first appeared? Or were they nemed after the graffito that was named after nothing?
    Oh, and Gouranga is from the Hari Krishnas. Fact.

  3. ‘THE PIES THE PIES’ WAS PAINTED WHEN THE BAND WHERE FIRST FOR FORMED 15 YEARS AGO. THE TRUE REASON WHY IT WAS PAINTED TWICE WAS BECAUSE THEY WERE STUCK ON THE BRIDGE WAITING FOR THIER DRIVER AND WHAT ELSE COULD THEY DO? THE PRISON SHOW WENT GREAT ON 14TH SEPT. GRANADA TV SHOWED IT ON THE EVENING NEWS. THERE ARE MORE GREAT PIES GRAFFITI IMAGES ON THE PIES SINGLE WHICH IS ADVERTISED ON EBAY AT PRESENT. THE PIES WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST GRAFFITI IN BRITAIN WHICH CAN BE SEEN ON LIVERPOOL VIEWS WEBSITE, THAT PAILED INTO INSIGNIFICANCE WHEN THEY DID THE BIGGEST IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD ON THE OLD SPEAK AIRPORT, 230 FEET X 170 FEET. IT CAN BE CLEARLY SEEN IF YOU FLY OUT OF LIVERPOOL OR IN DEPENDING ON WEATHER CONDITIONS. RUMOUR IS THE PIES ARE GOING TO PAINT THE CITY AGAIN, AND MAKE US ALL SMILE, CHEEKY MONKEYS.. HA.. HA..

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