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Kim Wilde Ritz Dec 18

The Wilde Wild Xmas Show

Ritz, Manchester, UK

22nd December 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Wilde Wilde Xmas Show Kim Wilde 1It’s become something of a tradition for there to be an 80’s show to see out my year, last year we covered The Wonder Stuff and Fuzzbox, two artists that are still going strong 30 years later. For 2017 we’re going a little further back to the dawn of the 80’s for a special one off concert at Manchester’s Ritz entitled The Wilde Wild Xmas Show. There are no prizes for guessing that Kim Wilde is headlining, but she is accompanied by another iconic female from that decade in the form of Toyah, also on the bill is Carol Decker of T’Pau, with these three you have a flashback evening that promises to be fun, what’s not so expected is the inclusion of underground thrashers Lawnmowwer Deth, who other than being from the same decade would seem to have little in common with the rest of the line up, unless you scratch the surface.

Wilde Wilde Xmas Show Kim Wilde And Lawnmower Deth 1Back in 1991 Lawnmower Deth covered Kim Wilde‘s classic new wave debut, Kids In America, Kim Wilde has stated publicly that this is her favourite version of the often covered song, and as that list includes the likes of The Bouncing Souls, The Muffs, The Bloodhound Gang, The Donnas and even Foo Fighters it’s up against some stiff competition. Kim Wilde has since appeared with Lawnmower Deth at the Download Festival, and there you have the origin of the most unlikely Christmas team up since The Hives got together with Cyndi Lauper for A Christmas Duel. The unlikely friendship has resulted in 2017’s finest Christmas release, FUKristmas, and their inclusion on this unashamedly retro evening, and the reason why I have found attending tonight so irresistible, that and the first single I ever bought, as opposed to stole off my Brother, was by Kim Wilde.

Wilde Wilde Xmas Show Carol DeckerComing into Manchester on the last Friday before Christmas, which is known as Mad Friday for a good reason, sees the city full of people celebrating finishing work for Xmas and many of the crowd are already thoroughly refreshed before the show starts and as you’d expect there’s a good number wearing antlers, Christmas Jumpers and other festive attire, as well as one particularly sinister looking Santa, for tonight’s throwback to the eighties, as a result It’s no surprise that the soundtrack from the Girls On Film DJ’s for tonight is firmly embedded in that decade. Amongst the crowd are a smattering of die hard Lawnmower Deth fans who stand out from the eighties crowd but they get into the spirit of things early in the evening and are dancing to whatever is played whilst clutching tightly onto their two pint jugs of beer.

Wilde Wilde Xmas Show ToyahFirst up is a surprise appearance by the Doctor, from Doctor And The Medics, who is the compère for tonight’s show and he builds the crowd up perfectly for the appearance of Carole Decker, best known as the vocalist for eighties soft rock band T’Pau, a band I’ll admit I’m not overly familiar with compared to tonight’s other two acts, but she delivers a brief crowd pleasing set that includes the hit singles Heart And Soul and China In Your Hand. There’s no break as we’re straight into one of the new wave era’s most recognisable icons, Toyah, who launches straight into an energetic and all too short set of her new wave classics, including Good Morning Universe, It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free. The break that follows sees the Doctor distributing chocolates to the front row of the crowd to ensure the festive theme is kept going in the lull before Kim Wilde takes the stage.

Wilde Wilde Xmas Show Kim Wilde 2Prior to Kim Wilde we get a mix of Christmas classics and new wave and eighties hits from the Girls On Film DJs that keeps a packed Ritz bouncing and drinking before the Doctor returns to introduce Kim Wilde as ‘the queen of Christmas’. Kim Wilde delivers a solo set that spans her lengthy career, and seeing an eighties icon deliver an impressive crowd pleasing set is a pleasure that I never thought I’d get, and I couldn’t be happier that I was here to experience tonight’s show in all its unashamedly retro and festive glory. Cambodia is included in the set, and that was the first record I ever bought I’m hit by a wave of nostalgia, and then we’re straight into the classic new wave hit Water On Glass, that is delivered faster and heavier than I remember on the original single, as you can imagine I’m not complaining.

Wilde Wilde Xmas Show Kim Wilde And Lawnmower Deth 2The set heads off into traditional Christmas territory including Hey Mr Snowman and Let It Snow, that’s gets a hearty singalong from the increasingly festive crowd, before heading back into her extensive back catalogue, including a revved up Chequered Love and You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) in tribute to the late Pete Burns. Kim Wilde returns to the stage with Lawnmower Deth for an encore that’s starts with their Christmas single, F U Kristmas, and Lawnmower Deth bring a touch of chaos to proceedings and not surprisingly a much heavier sound. The Ritz is now awash with balloons and the stage is invaded by a cast of strange characters prior to getting the inevitable punked up Kids In America which sounds like it’s been channelled via the spirits of the Ramones and Motörhead, and to me it’s never sounded better.

Wilde Wilde Xmas Show All Star EncoreA final encore follows featuring Kim Wilde, Toyah, Lawnmower Deth and the Doctor, who together comprise the most unlikely all star band you’re likely to encounter for an inevitablly seasonal encore of festive cheer with the Slade classic Merry Christmas Everybody, which ensures a rousing singalong from everyone packed into the Ritz and this followed by the seasonal favourite of Wizzard‘s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day. This festive encore is topped off with Brenda Lee‘s fifties seasonal staple Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, the rock ‘n roll favourite she recorded with the late Mel Smith. That appeared to be the end of  the evening but Kim Wilde returns for a final encore of her classic hit Kids In America, this time delivered closer to as it was originally performed marking a perfect end to the evening.

Wilde Wilde Xmas Show Kim Wilde 3Tonight was a show that caught the Christmas spirit perfectly, the combination of four eighties icons in the shape of Kim Wilde, Toyah, Carol Decker and the Doctor, and the more than welcome addition of self styled metal bozo clowns Lawnmower Deth, and of course the addition of alcohol and the start of the Christmas weekend, that sees the more than welcome prospect of a few days off for the majority of those attending tonight, meant that the crowd were good natured and you got a flashback to the dawn of decade of excess and regrettable fashions, but one that produced some iconic figures and music. Tonight marked the end to what has been a memorable year of live shows and reviews and this was a fine way to see out 2017, and I’m already looking forward to covering more shows and festivals for The Punk Site in 2018.

Wilde Wilde Xmas Show Kim Wilde 4Live photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here, and you can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

Kim Wilde‘s website can be found here

Lawnmower Deth‘s web presence is located here

Toyah‘s official website is here

Carol Decker and T’Pau‘s online presence is here

The Dr And The Medics website is here

My Kid Banana’s Xmas Single Now Available For Streaming

My Kid Banana HolidaysMy Kid Banana have followed up the release of their debut album, Amour Macabre, earlier this year with a seasonal single, Sick Of The Holidays, that’s features two songs based on a true story about a series of seasonal misfortunes that befell the band’s songwriter, Nick Holmes. Sick Of The Holidays is still available to download via CD Baby and Bandcamp and can now be streamed via Spotify and Apple Music.

You can stream Sick Of The Holidays via Spotify here and Apple Music here

Sick Of The Holidays is available as a pay what you want download via Bandcamp here

‘The Svetlanas Are Coming To Town’ For Christmas

Svetlanas TSACTTThe Svetlanas have released their own unique take on the Xmas single, The Svetlanas Are Coming To Town, and the song is now available as a free download until December 26th.  The single follows on from the Svetlanas stunning full length, This Is Moscow Not LA, that is now available for download and streaming via Bandcamp.

The Punk Site review of This Is Moscow Not LA can be read here

You can download The Svetlanas Are Coming To Town via Bandcamp here

The Vandals Re-Issue ‘Oi To The World’ On Vinyl

Vandals OTTWThe Vandals have re-issued the previously out of print 1996 Christmas classic, Oi To The World, the album has been re-mastered and now features a bonus Overture track. This album has become the soundtrack to many a punk rock Christmas, and after 20 years it’s become a tradition in it’s own right, along with The Vandals annual Christmas Formal that this year will take place at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California on the 23rd December 2017 with support from Ozma and Flock Of Nu Goo.

Oi To The World is available on Vinyl, CD and digital formats via Bandcamp here

Lawnmower Deth And Kim Wilde Release ‘F U Kristmas’

Kim Wilde Vs LD XmasLawnmower Deth and Kim Wilde have released their joint Xmas single, F U Kristmas, that is now available to stream and purchase via all the major digital retailers. Lawnmower Deth will also be appearing with Kim Wilde at The Wild Wilde Xmas Show at the Manchester Ritz on the 22nd December, along with Toyah and Carole Decker. The Punk Site review of F U Kristmas can be read here

You can order F U Kristmas via iTunes, Apple Music & Google Play here & via Spotify here

You can view the video for F U Kristmas below Read More…

Kim Wilde Vs LD Xmas

Kim Wilde Vs Lawnmower Deth

F U Kristmas

Wildflower Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Back in 1991 Lawnmower Deth covered Kim Wilde‘s classic new wave debut, Kids In America, Kim Wilde has stated publicly that this is her favourite version of the often covered song, and as that list includes the likes of The Bouncing Souls, The Muffs, The Bloodhound Gang, The Donnas and even Foo Fighters, it’s up against some stiff competition. Kim Wilde has since appeared with Lawnmower Deth at the Download Festival, and there you have the origin of the most unlikely team up since the KLF got together with Extreme Noise Terror.

This unlikely friendship has resulted in 2017’s finest bookmaker bothering Christmas release, F U Kristmas, and what you get with this anti Xmas single is a duet between Pete Lee of Lawnmower Deth and Kim Wilde that blends their thrash and new wave styles perfectly. The end result is a single that sums everything about this time of year perfectly, as it manages to be both seasonal, with all the elements you’d expect on a Christmas single, and distinctly humbug at the same time. The single contains the radio friendly mix, apparently not radio friendly enough for those in charge of these things, but what you want blasting out over your seasonal tipple is the Sweary Mix that has the full blooded Fuck You Kristmas as a chorus.

I do love a good original Xmas tune providing it’s not the sentimental nonsense that plagues the lives of anyone exposed to it at this time of year, if you’re a fan of the likes of Christmas With The Vandals or the other distinctly unseasonal offerings the punk scene throws up over the festive season then this should be on your shopping list. As an added bonus the odds are being shortened on this being the UK Xmas number one and there’s another damn fine reason to invest your pennies in a download, if for no other reason than to save us from another X Factor number one. Lawnmower Deth will also be appearing with Kim Wilde at The Wild Wilde Xmas Show at the Manchester Ritz on the 22nd December, along with Toyah and Carole Decker.

You can and should order F U Kristmas here

My Kid Banana Release ‘Sick Of The Holidays’ Single

My Kid Banana HolidaysMy Kid Banana have followed up the release of their debut album, Amour Macabre, earlier this year with a seasonal single, Sick Of The Holidays, that’s features two songs based on a true story about a series of seasonal misfortunes that befell the band’s songwriter, Nick Holmes. Sick Of The Holidays is now available to download via CD Baby and Bandcamp.

My Kid Banana‘s Facebook account is here and their Twitter presence is here

Sick Of The Holidays is available as a pay what you want download via Bandcamp here

Skank Agenda Release ‘Reggae Christmas’ Charity Single

Skank Agenda RCSkank Agenda are aware that Christmas songs are often shit, and they state that this one is no exception. As well as being the first Skank Agenda song since October 2014, It’s also a punked up cover of the Bryan Adams B side to Christmas Time from 1985. You can download Reggae Christmas for FREE via One Step Outside Records, but if you make a donation 100% of sales will go to St Georges Crypt in Leeds to help with their vital work providing shelter and food for 200 people a day in Leeds, UK.

You can make a donation and read more about St. Georges Crypt here

You can download Reggae Christmas here

The Spook School To Release ‘Someone To Spend Xmas With’

Spook School Xmas 17The Spook School have unveiled a special Christmas treat for fans, in the form of a brand new Christmas single and the latest in their line of limited edition Christmas Calendars, featuring some candid shots of drummer Niall McCamley. Someone to Spend Christmas With will be released on Friday 15th December 2017 via all good digital retailers and the calendar can be picked up at the band’s official Bandcamp store while stocks last.

Someone To Spend Christmas With and the band’s seasonal calendar can be ordered here

You can stream Someone To Spend Christmas With via Soundcloud here

Creeper Release Chrsitmas EP

Creeper Xmas 17After playing the biggest headline show of their career at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Creeper have released their brand new Christmas EP. Previewed by their take on The Pogues’ festive favourite, Fairytale of New York, the EP features two other new recordings. There’s the band’s own Xmas song Same Time Next Year?, as well as a stripped-back version of Blue Christmas, the enduring seasonal standard made famous by Elvis Presley.

You can stream Same Time Next Year here and Blue Christmas here

The Christmas EP can be streamed via Spotify here and purchased via iTunes here

The Dollyrots Release Annual Name Your Price Xmas Single

Dollyrots LCThe Dollyrots annual name your price Xmas single has become a traditional fixture of the festive season and their latest seasonal single is now available for download, this year they’ve given their usual hyperactive treatment to Wham‘s Last Christmas. The band has also partnered with Patreon in order to give their fans a chance to access rarities, exclusives and non-album material, plus exclusive access to their daily happenings via a video diary, details of The Dollyrots partnership with Patreon can be found here

You can purchase and stream The Dollyrots latest album, Whiplash Splash, here

You can download and stream Last Christmas here

Creeper Release ‘Fairytale Of New York’ From Xmas EP

Creeper Xmas 17Creeper are putting the finishing touches on 2017 by sharing their take on The Pogues Xmas classic, Fairytale of New York. It’s a faithful adaptation which adds some raw Creeper energy to the original, as Will Gould and Hannah Greenwood add some of their own flourishes to their reprisal of Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl’s duet. The track will feature on the band’s new Xmas EP which will be released on December 8th. This weekend also sees Creeper embark upon the Theatre of Fear UK tour which will take their theatrical presentation to a whole new level. 

You can stream Fairytale Of New York here and view Creeper‘s tour dates below Read More…

Kim Wilde And Lawnmower Deth Release ‘FUKristmas’ Video

Kim Wilde Vs LD XmasLawnmower Deth and Kim Wilde have now released the video for their joint Xmas single, FUKristmas. The single is now available to stream, and will be available to buy from December 14th. Lawnmower Deth will also be appearing with Kim Wilde at The Wild Wilde Xmas Show at the Manchester Ritz on the 22nd December, along with Toyah and Carole Decker.

You can pre-order FUKristmas here

You can view the video for FUKristmas below Read More…

Kim Wilde Vs Lawnmower Deth Xmas Single Now On Pre-Order

Kim Wilde Vs LD XmasLawnmower Deth and Kim Wilde will be releasing their joint Xmas single, FUKristmas, next month. The video for the single will be released on December 1st and FUKristmas will be available to stream from that date, and will be available to buy from December 14th. Lawnmower Deth will also be appearing with Kim Wilde at The Wild Wilde Xmas Show at the Manchester Ritz on the 22nd December, along with Toyah and Carole Decker.

You can pre-order and get your first taste of FUKristmas here

You can view the preview video for FUKristmas below Read More…

Lawnmower Deth & Kim Wilde To Release Xmas Single

Lawnmower Deth Promo Nov 17The unlikely combination of Lawnmower Deth and Kim Wilde have announced that they will be releasing their joint Xmas single, FUKristmas, next month. The video for the single will be released on December 1st and FUKristmas will be available to stream from that date, and will be available to buy from December 14th. Lawnmower Deth have also announced that Chris Billam from Consumed has joined the band and that they will be appearing with Kim Wilde at The Wild Wilde Xmas Show at the Manchester Ritz on the 22nd December, along with Toyah and Carole Decker. In the meantime they’ve released a video of what happens when Kim Wilde and Lawnmower Deth get together to record a Xmas single.

You can view the preview video for FUKristmas below Read More…

The Dollyrots Release Xmas Single And Video

dollyrots-xmas-162016 has been a busy year for The Dollyrots, they released their live album, Family Vacation, relentlessly toured, recorded their new studio album, Whiplash Splash, and celebrated the arrival of their second child last month, and even with a brand new three week old, and a three year old, they still managed to get a Holiday single and video together. The Dollyrots annual name your price Xmas single is available for download, this time they’ve given their usual hyperactive treatment to Mariah Carey‘s All I Want For Xmas Is You for the festive season

You can pre-order The Dollyrots new album, Whiplash Splash, here

You can download All I Want For Xmas Is You here and the video can be viewed below Read More…

The Dollyrots Release Name Your Price Xmas Single

dollyrots-xmas-162016 has been a busy year for The Dollyrots, they released their live album, Family Vacation, relentlessly toured, recorded their new studio album, Whiplash Splash, and celebrated the arrival of their second child last month, and the Californian duo have still found time to continue to release pay what you can downloads of new songs. The Dollyrots have now released their annual name your price Xmas single, this time they’ve given their usual hyperactive treatment to Mariah Carey‘s All I Want For Xmas Is You for the festive season

You can pre-order The Dollyrots new album, Whiplash Splash, here

You can stream and download All I Want For Xmas Is You here

Osaka Popstar Release ‘Christmas In The Loony Bin’

osaka-popstar-xmasThe latest release by Osaka Popstar is a unique new rendering of the obscure cut, Christmas in the Loony Bin, written by indie music icon Daniel Johnston, the original version of the song appeared on his 1988 self-released cassette album, Merry Christmas. The current line up of Osaka Popstar features their ever present frontman John Cafiero, along with Dean Rispler (The Dictators, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) on Guitar and Bass, and Jon Wurster (Bob Mould, Superchunk, The Mountain Goats) on drums.

The new digital single is available on all digital music platforms and can streamed here

There is also a limited edition signed Holiday card with download available here

The Duke Spirit Release Xmas Single In Aid Of UNHCR

duke-spirit-mbtmAfter years of talking about writing a Christmas song The Duke Spirit have finally done it, they released their new single, Melt By The Morning, this weekend. The band decided they wanted to make something out of nothing, quickly, that would generate a donation for UNHCR, a 65 year old organisation which has staff on the ground, protecting and assisting refugees around the world. All the proceeds from downloads of Melt By The Morning from the bands website until the end of 2016 will be donated to their Syrian effort.

You can purchase Melt In The Morning here and read more about UNHCR here

InVogue Records Releasing Xmas Compilation on November 25

invogue-christmas-album-2016InVogue Records has teamed up with Capital House Studio to release a Christmas Compilation on November 25, 2016. The compilation will feature InVogue Records artists Chase Huglin, Convictions, Courage My Love, Hotel Books, In Her Own Words, JT Woodruff, Mark Rose, Mirror Eyes, Punchline, September Stories, and Woven in Hiatus. The compilation will be available as a pay what you want via BandCamp. All money raised through to new years day will be donated to The Jason Christopher Wilhelm Scholarship Fund, in honour of the vocalist of In Her Own Words brother. The compilation will also be available via Spotify and all other digital outlets.

There will also be 100 limited edition CD’s available for pre-order here Read More…