Gun live in Glasgow!

The ghost of Mark Rankin has finally been laid to rest.

Gun
The O2 ABC, Glasgow
13th December 2013

Mark the date in your diaries, people.

Friday the 13th of December, 2013.
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Looks like we’re not going to have a good Christmas…

Looking forward to Christmas? I usually do, but not this year. Myself and my son aren’t going to have a good Christmas this year, or any year. Why? Well, let’s take a look at this wonderful Christmas advert from Asda that explains it all:

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A Thundering Good Christmas

It sounds crazy, but Thunder gigs are unlike any other. It’s not all about the music – although the well crafted rock songs that they churn out effortlessly are of the highest standard – a Thunder gig is an event; it’s a party that 5 mates throw on the stage, and just happen to invite 1900 people to come round for a beer and a boogie.

The Thunder Christmas Party
21st December 2011
Nottingham Rock City

The usual Christmas festivities in Thunder Towers resumed this year, with the resurrection of what their T-shirts call a great British tradition. And you know what? On this showing, they may just be right.
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Rage against the X-Factor

So, yup it’s official. Rage Against The Machine claim the once coveted Christmas number one slot with their festive family singalong favourite “Killing In The Name” beating out poor, little, defenceless Joe McEl-dull-berry into number 2.

So, yup it’s official. Rage Against The Machine claim the once coveted Christmas number one slot with their festive family singalong favourite “Killing In The Name” beating out poor, little, defenceless Joe McEl-dull-berry into number 2.

Am I happy? Damn right I am. Did I buy it? Damn right I did. But why?

Did I buy it to stick two fingers up to Simon Cowell. In the grand scheme of things, has this cost Simon Cowell money? Lords, no. Joe still sold 450,000 copies of his record, still a sizeable amount. Rage getting to number one probably won’t affect him at all, in any way.

Did I buy it to DAMN THE MAN??? Not really. Rage are on the same label as Joe, albeit on a different subsiduary – but it’s still Sony. Buying a record from Sony to teach Sony a lesson? Not smart.

Did I buy it to teach Joe a lesson? Not especially, although he does annoy the living beejebus out of me. Too many teeth, that boy.

Did I buy it to act cool? Ha, peeps that know me will know that being cool is the furthest thing from my mind at any given time. One look at some of my shirts would prove that.

Did I buy it to resurrect the Christmas number one chase as important? Not especially, but that has been the most notable side effect for me. How long is it since peeps have been hanging on the charts being read out on Sunday evening? I can’t remember the last time there was this much interest in the charts, although a little bell is ringing in my head saying Blur vs. Oasis…

You wanna know why I bought it?

Because I thought it was a bit of a laugh. There. No hidden agenda, no bitter reasons… just for a bit of fun. And yes, I bought more than one copy… but I’m also buying Joe’s single because my son wants it for Christmas. I feel dirty, but I’ll buy it for him. Buying more than one copy of Rage makes me feel like I offset my purchase… like carbon footprinting, if you will.

Seeing Rage Against The Machine on the Christmas Top Of The Pops is something that fills me with a little warm glee… and makes me chuckle. The amount of people – on BOTH sides – that are taking this exceedingly seriously, as if it’s of utmost world importance… they also make me laugh.

Now that Rage have the Christmas number one single, will my life change? No. Neither will Tom Morello’s – or Joe’s, for that matter. The £70,000 odd that has been raised as a result of the Rage campaign? That just might affect a few lives… and that’s a better Christmas present than a hit single, surely.