Replacements – Hold my life
Still the greatest, most sincere, punk band of a generation. Fuelled by Rickenbackers and regret, the Mats blend anger with a knowledge of what could have been. Westerberg has a voice designed for upbeat tracks about wasted opportunities.
Replacements – little mascara
Fuck it, if we’re doing one Mats track, we’re doing another one. Screaming guitars, finger pointing, snotty, angry, intense… the sound of a band on a mission. Elements of Bryan Adams do creep through though, don’t they.
Leftfield – open up
Rotten performs this live in his Pil shows, Leftfield won’t play it live without Rotten. Tragedy or comedy? probably publicity
Jesse Malin – Tomorrow Tonight
Voice of a generation, Malin, puts passion into the vocals the way he seems to put passion into every he touches. I pledged allegiance to a lie.
Drop Kick Murphys – Shippin off to boston
The Roy-Keane-in-the-video one; both the song and the player being all or nothing fine examples of punk and all it stands for.
Stranglers – No more heroes
Ramones – Havana Affair
A lonely night and a trip to see the Ramonas reminded me of who i’m meant to be.
I used to make a living, man Pickin’ the banana. Now I’m a guide for the CIA Hooray for the USA!
Green day – Novocaine
A live version. Great 50’s style ballad which keeps in to become part day-dream, part nightmare. Jimmy says it’s better than air.
Go go’s – suf city
Jane was always my favourite. Beach boys meets Go Gos meets pop meets punk meets attitude meets sassy. Check out the parties for a surfer girl.
Green day – Quatro
The movie to the soundtrack of a man running so fast and so hard that it had to catch up with him. Determination never looked so good.
It makes you freak out when people don’t freak out.