I'm not sure whether it was John Peel or Bob Harris who said that 'punk rock attracts a certain type of person - those with a short attention span and very little'....something or other
So here's a quick snapshot of my weekly highlights (not including the other reviews)
Paul Raggity Art Sometimes FaceBook throws up a whole host of memories and coincidences. So it was when I saw this quirky artist appear on the informative and top class Reservoir Droogs page. I checked out his art, waited a few days for a flash sale and dabbed in for a few excellent pieces. Whilst waiting I also saw that Paul was once a member of Raggity Anne, a punk band from Nuneaton. There's a few bits and pieces on You Tube, but there's also plans for an album to be re-released.
Peter Jones - Too Old to Die Young. (Individual FB page - you'll need this to get in contact) This book is an excellent insight into the Irish alternative/punk scene from the early days to present. It's a good read, Peter is a bedrock of Paranoid Visions and Ireland's punk rock scene, a straightforward bloke in real life, and his account is equally as forthright and hard to argue with (well you wouldn't when you realise that he may well still have a hankering for bladed instruments as well as strung ones). The first run is sold out - get at him for your copy, it's very well put together.
Damage UK I've seen Nuffin' a few times, they are a first wave punk band, still active and comprising of the original members. They probably hold the record for the longest time between formation (1976) and the date of release of their first album (2018). A great group, really friendly and they have a (predominantly Southern) old school following, well they did appear in Street-Porters 'Year of punk' documentary! One of the band members, (Brian Damage on Facebook) is involved with a new band Damage UK a three piece. They were about to play a few shows before the Country shut down. I enjoyed watching this video, and look forward to seeing the band live. Believe me, this lot have punk rock '76 written through their core, their current output is old style - new vibe.
Hope that you enjoyed this quick snatch. Keep 'em peeled!