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Another one for the Christmas #1 race

Goldblade/Poly Styrene- City Of Christmas Ghosts (Damaged Goods Records)

There’s a real concerted effort on right now to get this to number one for Xmas.

If you don’t know Goldblade, you’ll certainly recognise frontman John Robb.

Author, broadcaster, motor-mouth and man-in-the-know about anything vaguely punky, his “Punk: An Oral History” is as far as I’m concerned, the definitive story of punk rock.

Goldblade, the band he formed after the demise of  The Membranes have been carrying the torch for punk and roll ever since. The band are an incendiary proposition live and Robb is all vein-bursting riot inciter, sweat-drenched soul warrior and mob orator in full flow. The band are no slouches either and this years album The Terror Of Modern Life is a career-defining high for them. They’ve had some good albums with some phenomenal songs but Terror is another step entirely. It should top many end of year polls in the punk world and further.

Christmas Ghosts is a reworking of City Of Ghosts from last album Mutiny. The late, and much-missed Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex guests on vocals and it’s a punk rock riposte set to rival Fairytale Of New York in the alternative Xmas anthem stakes.

The single is in aid of charity, the profits going to St Michaels Hospice, Brighton, who cared for Poly prior to her passing, as well as to her favourite anti-war and animal charities.

The single can be purchased on their Facebook pageon iTunes and, as they used to say, from good record shops.

Let’s do it!

Howlin’ Whippet


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