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4 Past Midnight release charity Christmas single

4PMGlasgow punk band 4 Past Midnight have released a rather good Xmas single in aid of the charity Childline. All proceeds raised are going to help children in abusive homes. See? Punk’s not all spitting and not taking the trash out.

The single, Nobody Should Be Lonely On Xmas Day is a rollicking, old-school punk blast in the typical 4PM melodic and no-nonsense style. In a much fairer world, this would be beating the living shit out of the X Factor no-marks and whatever festive re-release is doing the rounds and steaming straight into the charts. Backed with a somewhat less than sympathetic version of Elvis’s The Wonder Of You which is similarly excellent, it’s available to buy on CD or to download here.

So go on – you know it makes sense.

Find out more about 4 Past Midnight here


Killing Joke – The Singles Collection 1979-2012

Killing JokeThey were living in the 80s, and so was Howlin’ Whippet. Our rock and roll preacher man takes a look across over 30 years of industrial anger from the band once described as ‘like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…but louder.’

Given the longevity of career, not to mention the many labels that Killing Joke found themselves on, a compilation/box set has long been on many fans radar. There is, of course, the gather-up of Malicious Damage/EG releases on 1992 release Laugh? I Nearly Bought One which is a good primer, but most fans of the band will have all of these songs several times over already.

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Whippet Out – The Misfits + Goldblade + Dirt Box Disco, Glasgow ABC

Misfits620Call yourself a rock band? You ain’t shit without the stamp of approval from Howlin’ Whippet. How did this trio fare? 

I have to admit, the phenomenon of The Misfits kinda passed me by. I knew them from the huge amount of t-shirts that one sees around rather than for their music. That skull logo is iconic and seems to represents a whole slew of disaffected youth who love the band. But, come on, most youth are disaffected. That’s what they do. So are they any good?

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Good Vibrations – The Terri Hooley Story

A punk Commitments?

A punk Commitments?

Howlin’ Whippet thinks bad movies are a punishment from God for not drinking enough whiskey. Would he have to punish his liver after watching this paean to punk in the Province?

Much anticipated, the story of how one man, his friends and family, several bands, a Radio 1 DJ and the punk community of Northern Ireland stood shoulder to shoulder against music biz indifference, intimidation from paramilitaries of both sides and the police; this is a feel-good movie set around trying times in the province.

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Whippet About – Cockney Rejects ‘East End Babylon’

Some people fear what they don’t understand, but Howlin’ Whippet knows a man has to sin to be saved. So when he heads out looking for whiskey and redemption,he needs a soundtrack. Could the former firebrands of punk provide it?

My relationship with the Cockney Rejects over the years has been let’s just say, up and down.

When they first appeared at the tail end of 78, punk was in stasis. The Pistols had self-immolated. The Clash, despite the revisionist view of history, had temporarily disappeared up their own posterior, SLF had gone a bit pop and “streetpunk” was making its first inroads via Sham 69, UK Subs and chums.

Safe to say I was somewhat disillusioned by the whole thing by this point.

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The Whippet’s Guide To Buying Reggae

Following some rather less than good-natured banter in ELM Towers regarding the validity of white honkies like us liking reggae music, I was moved to compile the following list of the Whippet’s guide to the music.

Now, I’ll admit it, I’m no expert.

I was into punk pretty early on, the start of 1977. However, unlike Strummer, Simonon, (and to a lesser extent Jones, Cook, Lydon and Matlock) I cannot pretend that my local community was steeped in the music and mystique of Jamaica. I’m from Airdrie, you see. There weren’t even any black kids at my school.

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Andy Blade – Let’s Burn The Internet Down

Hownlin’ Whippet finds a punk survivor who may just be producing the best music of his life.

As frontman and lyricist for, let’s be honest, Division 2 punk band EaterAndy Blade had a very early baptism of fire within the music industry.

Eater specialised in a robust glam punk racket which were made that bit more interesting by Blade’s literary and surprisingly mature lyrics – especially in a movement where maturity wasn’t so much frowned upon as hated.

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