Molinari was born into a large Maltese/ Italian/ Egyptian family in Chatham, Kent, where he was discovered by Billy Childish. Molinari had an odd childhood. While his friends were listening to Nirvana and Oasis (2) he developed a deep infatuation with the Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Leadbelly and Bob Dylan records of his much older brothers.’ We had a sideboard unit with a record player’, he remembers. ‘I would sit and stare at these records going round while my brothers were out playing football’.
Discovering himself to be lacking in the academic and athletic departments, Pete devoted his life to art. ‘My parents came to this country to work and found my decision hard to accept. And I’ve had hundreds of jobs, from working in a factory to digging potatoes, that have only lasted two or three days because I’m only ever thinking about songs.’