Christmas Ghosts

‘Let’s raise a drink to the ghosts of friends we lost last year’. Amen to that.

There’s a campaign on to get this single to number 1- John Robb’s Goldblade and Poly Styrene (who died of cancer a few years ago) with a rollicking punk rock song City Of Christmas Ghosts, celebratory yet shot through with sadness. You can get more info here with links to downloads and you can buy the 7″ vinyl at Damaged Goods. The single’s for charity, in aid of St Michael’s hospice, and there are many worse ways you could spend a couple of quid this week.

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It’s Friday…Let’s Pogo!

Brother John Robb and Goldblade make old school punk rock- breakneck guitars, pounding drums, shouty choruses, flashy punk/rockabilly threads, great for jumping up and down to. If you’ve not seen them live you should give them a go next time they play in your town. John Robb has opinions to go with the quiff and biceps (his Louder Than War blog is in the links down below), is a Manchester face and all round good guy. Unfortunately I have slurred my own opinions at him once or twice when slightly the worse for wear in some of Manchester’s nightspots. He takes it all with good grace.

Psycho