Hope show 29 – the lowdown

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1. The MEKONS – Corporal Chalkie
2. Joe Solo – Aint a got a nothin
3. Ramones – Judy Is a Punk
4. Fugazi Place Position
5. Rites Of Spring – Drink Deep
6. Fawn SPots – Spanish Glass
7. Arcwelder – Everest
8. Leftover Crack – Supermarket Song
9. Star Fucking Hipsters – Immigrants & Hypocrites
10. Subhumans – Reason for Existence
11. Tristan Psionic – black psabbath psong
12. Allo Darlin’ – Let’s Go Swimming
13. The Wedding Present – Brassneck
14. Belle and sebastien – I fought in a war
15. Bis – Tell It to the kids
15. Tempermental Miss Elayneous – Dominoes
16. Jinx Lennon – Big Protest Day
17. Minor Threat – Straight Edge

The Mekons have an album called Punk Rock. Punk Rock music isn’t always two chords and a mouthful of vitriol. The mekons were punk rock, there sound far from it. Corporal Chalkie is the second song from that Punk Rock album and I love it. I love it all

I love Joe Solo, I could play him every week. he is punk rock but doesn’t sound it either. “I’d rather die trying than just sit arouhnd singing the blues”

Punk rock and the ramones go together like strawberries and swedish glace, Judy sure is a punk

dO fUGAZI sound Punk Rock? I think so, they live it and everything abuot them is punk to me. I should have a fugazi link somewhere in every show. Maybe I will!!

And then there’s rites of spring. I was trying to talk to my daughter about emo the other day and could go no further than rites of spring. She looked at me like I was an old man telling tales, maybe I am but rites of spring were damn emotional when no-ne else was and that WAS punk rock

I get excited listening to Fawn Spots. I love this 7″ that loderthanwar released. They have an album toaccompany itand when I get the funds to pay international postage I will play some songs off it.

Arcwelder are another band I love. I was honoured with the chance to see them twice in my life. Two memorable gigs. Everest is amuch ignroed album by them and Never The Same is a worthy opening track

I saw Leftover Crack live once and they left an effect. I thought the songs were amazing but there was something forgettable about the band. It got me thinking about bands and their reasosn for existence, maybe the Subhumans are better at questioning it than me. Before I play them I have a song from another of Stza’s (singer from Leftover Crack) bands – Star Fucking Hypocrites. But if you wanna change the world and make it a better place, start with the people at your gig.

I saw tristan Psionic in Toronto when I was over there in 1995 and was quite taken. They had their own label, SOnic Unyon and were quite a force in the independent music scene in Hamilton Ontario, home of DOnut Rock City

Allo Darlin’ are delightful live, no other word for it. Their s/t album is also delightful so ‘Let’s Go Swimming’ is in celebration of this sun ( I had to mention it somewhere didn’t I?)

It takes a lot for me to play a song on a major label. I try to limit it to as few as possible but the Wessing Present have given up the ghost on RCA records (or is it the other way round?) Brassneck is a single from their days dancin’ with the man but it’s a great song. Haven’t seen them live since their George Best album but I’d say they’re still a class act.

Belle and Sebastien I just love, the sun is shining and it always does for me when Belle and Sebasiten are playing in my head.

Bis were a joy when they played Dublin with Bikini Kill and Team Dresch one Saturday afternoon in Charlies Bar. It was a funny gig, queues around the corner of people trying to get in while we were arguing with the bar owners about removing Heineken bunting placed around the venue. They couldn’t quite understand why we’d care that a multinational beer company could decorate our space, but we did care and we removed those damn banners, and no doubt Heineken haven’t recovered since !!!!!!!!!

Tempermental Miss Elayneous is from Finglas in Dublin. How hard must it be being a rapper from Dublin? Elaine does it with a swagger and a conscience and that is such a plus. Her gig earlier in the year with Jinx Lennon was a great night, pity you didn’t see it. You may have seen him play at the ICTU sponsored Anti-Austerity protest, the hundreds of thousands on the streets in Ireland that day reeally changed policy eh?

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