The Hollies’ Allan Clarke Admits Refusing To Perform Graham Nash’s Song

Graham Nash and Allan Clarke founded the Hollies together in the early ’60s, yet Nash left several years later to form Crosby, Stills, & Nash. The two former bandmates reunited during the lockdown period of the pandemic to record Clarke’s solo album. During a recent appearance on Vintage Rock Pod, the singer reflected on getting back with Nash and why he refused to perform his song.

Nash has written many songs that are politically charged and address political issues, such as ‘Military Madness,’ ‘Chicago,’ ‘Teach Your Children,’ ‘Immigration Man,’ and ‘Prison Song.’ These songs deal with the issues like war, police brutality, and immigration. They often express his support for progressive causes and his opposition to government policies that he perceives as unjust.

However, it looks like Allan Clarke is not so pleased with the themes his former bandmate used in his songwriting. In a new interview, Clarke explained that when they tied, he told Nash that he didn’t want to do any political songs, as he tried to avoid anything like that.

So, when Nash sent him a heavily political song, he refused to perform it. Yet, their time together after long years apart was pretty fun. They had to record it separately due to the lockdown, but Clarke is satisfied with the final outcome. He hopes that they can do something together again in the near future.

Clarke’s words on working with Nash:

“He [Graham Nash] has made a few right things, hasn’t he? But I hope that he is wrong. I do wish and pray every night for the willingness of people to stop doing the wrong thing and do the right thing. There’s not much I can do about it. I’m only a single person, so the only thing I can do is just say how I feel about it. There’s only that one track on the album I always take, as I said to Graham when we first tied it.

I know he is very political in the way that he writes, and I said, ‘I don’t wanna do any political songs whatsoever.’ So, I know he writes great songs, but there was one song that he sent me called ‘Golden Idol.’ You have to get into the lyrics to find out what it actually means, but in the end, I got into it, and it was heavily political. I was saying, ‘Well, that’s one song I can’t really get involved in because it is American.'”

He continued:

“You can’t start making points about how American are running their country, so I stay away from all that sort of stuff as I do here as well. But the album went well, and we had fun, even though we weren’t together. We were out front doing it [via] FaceTime. I actually got Graham when I actually said something that he remembered from the past.

He answered me actually in a monkey union-type way of voice, and I said, ‘Here you are.’ So, we got back in a small way; he hasn’t forgotten his roots as well as I am. So, we don’t see each other enough. New York is not too far; maybe I’m coming over to New York and maybe do something over there.”

Allan Clarke’s upcoming solo album titled ‘I’ll Never Forget‘ is set to be released on April 7. Graham Nash contributed to the record by singing harmony on 7 of the 11 songs. Nash also wrote a song named ‘Buddy’s Back’ for his former bandmate’s album.