If you like bouncy beaty breaky goodness, and haven’t been living in a cave for the last week, you’ll be aware that those nice chaps at Ghetto Funk HQ have given us an early Christmas present in the form on the follow-up to their ground breaking ‘Icons’ album.
For some unknown reason, I took it upon myself to review the whole shebang -who says I’m at a loose end on holiday from work, eh?
Sadly I ran out of beer, and split this into a game of two halves – I’ve gone all Motson haven’t I …
I’m feeling rather chipper this week, for no particular reason really (other than the fact that I’ve only got twelve days work left at work this year, and the fact I’ve had a couple of pints) so this is definitely an upbeat selection for your ears this week.
Back in the dark days of the early Seventies, spurred on by the like of Enoch Powells “Rivers of Blood” speech, the National Front and associated far Right groups were on the rise, and were generally making life miserable for any immigrants in the vicinity.
Rock Against Racism, founded in 1976, was punk music’s attempt to raise awareness of the issue, and to counter the brainwashing of young people by, well, a bunch of jack booted thugs. They organised series of huge marches and multi-cultural gigs, supported by the luminaries of the day, such as The Clash,Buzzcocks, Steel Pulse, X-Ray Spex, Stiff Little Fingers, Aswad and Elvis Costello, to persuade people to turn their back on the fascists and embrace the melting pot of modern Britain.