This year I’ve really got much more into ska and reggae (mixed up with punk and various other things); just as well really, as the UK music scene in general is pretty weak at the moment so there’d not have been a huge number of decent gigs to go to otherwise. There is a whole (if small) underground scene in the UK (well at least London anyway) that I’d not really come across before. Bands like Sonic Boom Six, Mouthwash, Dirty Revolution, Random Hand, the Skints, the JB Conspiracy, Anti-Vigilante, all great stuff. Oh dear, sad old bloke hits mid-life crisis alert! Well it’s better than my going out and buying a big, open-topped sports car to let my three strand hairstyle blow in the wind.
I was going to have a bit of a rant about the recent election here, but then realised I can’t be bothered; it’s just more grey men in suits with different coloured ties. I enjoyed watching the election night on TV though. I had a pint of lager every time Labour won a seat, a pint of ale when the Tory’s did, a cider for the Lib Dems and a short if another party won anything. That’s over 300 drinks in one night, honest. As part of this ‘election results as an excuse to abuse yourself with alcohol game’ I was also facing the nightmare possibility of having to make myself go and throw up each time the BNP won anything, but fortunately it didn’t; it would have been a huge waste of alcohol if it had. I voted for the Green Party anyway. At least it got its first MP. I’m looking forward to a wind farm outside my lounge window anytime now.
Right now I’m listening to “All the Rest” by Stiff Little Fingers.