Letter to New Humanist magazine

Sent via email, 14th July 2009: Thank you for the latest issue of New Humanist which is a great read as ever, only slightly let down by Fiona Russell-Powell’s piece on Genesis P-Orridge. Whilst I’d be first in line to agree that Gen can be grumpy old sod, I don’t think he deserves a hatchet …

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Psychick crosses in unexpected places

Part one in a probably-not-very-expansive and very occasional series: Chicago House producer Traxx aka Melvin Oliphant III aka one third of The Dirty Criminals rocking the classic* “crucified wolf” t-shirt. (*actually the classic t-shirt just had the logo on with no mention of Psychic TV, spotters).

the twentieth gig I can remember going to

Click here for a complete list of entries in the series  “the first 23 gigs I can remember going to”. I’d busied myself assembling a collection of virtually everything Psychic TV had ever done. Working back from the psych-pop of “Godstar” and the eclectic Live Albums Series to classic albums like “Force The Hand of Chance” …

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the seventeenth gig I can remember going to

Click here for a complete list of entries in the series  “the first 23 gigs I can remember going to”. On the 1st of January 1988 my family had a discussion about our new year’s resolutions. Mine was that I wasn’t going to go to church any more because I didn’t believe in God. I had, to all …

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the sixteenth gig I can remember going to

Click here for a complete list of entries in the series  “the first 23 gigs I can remember going to”. 16. Suicide, Spacemen 3, Into A Circle, 999. Town & Country Club, 13th December 1987. It was cold. Sign on the door of the T&C: “Unfortunately 999 will not be appearing tonight”. The general consensus in the …

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the fifteenth gig I can remember going to

Click here for a complete list of entries in the series  “the first 23 gigs I can remember going to”. I ended up signing on at the local Higher Education College to study for ‘A’ Level resits a year later. Having done a round of visits to Universities and Polys I’d had a taste of student life …

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the fourteenth gig I can remember going to

Click here for a complete list of entries in the series  “the first 23 gigs I can remember going to”. 14. Alien Sex Fiend, Psychic TV, Steven Wells. Hackney Empire, 30 September 1987. Doing our bit for Biafra. Jello Biafra. This was a benefit for the Dead Kennedys’ No More Censorship Defence Fund – the group …

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the thirteenth gig I can remember going to

Click here for a complete list of entries in the series  “the first 23 gigs I can remember going to”. 13. Butthole Surfers, Shamen, AR Kane. Clarendon, 6th August 1987. Me and Wal were spending our hard earned at Record and Tape Exchange in Camden one sunny day when they started playing this insane freaky noise …

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