The online home for Fergus Maximus (both the band and the bloke)
The online home for Fergus Maximus (both the band and the bloke)


Stumbletrip was the second incarnation of Sideways Glance, the band I started with Grant Shillabeer back around the end of the 20th Century (1998 as best I can figure it). We had added Jamie Harrison on bass for a couple of gigs and had a few rehearsals with a hot girl drummer (she was way too young and gorgeous for us and, sadly, much to busy). In the end Kym Perry came on board as our drummer (he’s now the guitarist for Fergus Maximus and is remarkably and unnecessarily talented in either guise). I’ll write up a proper bio for both bands eventually but that’s not the point of this post.

The name Stumbletrip actually comes from Michael Rosen’s wonderful book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. To date, only one person has made that connection independently. Well, only one person has told me they’ve made that connection (thanks, Jo, you’re an exceedingly well-read legend).

But with the sound of that word bouncing around in my head it wasn’t long before it found it’s way into a song (That Moment from late-2003). That’s actually the reason we changed our name from Sideways Glance; the song I ended up writing with that name — while still a great fun song — wasn’t really representative of us as a band. But I digress. The chorus and bridge of That Moment go like this:

Pride doesn’t come before a fall
In my dictionary
Pride doesn’t come before a fall

Pride comes before a stumble
Pride comes before a trip
Pride comes before a sudden, sickening, stomach-turning reality-check
It comes before a terrible yearning to redo that take
It comes before a transitory wish to vanish without trace
Pride doesn’t come before a fall


Hey, I never claimed it was great poetry but it still makes me smile.

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