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Friday, December 15th, 2017
8:00 PM
Here's a glimpse through a cracked snow globe to the 2017 Des Was a Bowie Fan Christmas Special, where we'll be joined on the slope to heavy inebriation by the merry cast of The Wolfhounds, Witching Waves and The Plan...

In the mid 1980s The Wolfhounds shat in the hand of c86 with a stream of ferocious nuggets with their lyrical cues on the outside of everything, firing off into a glorious obscurity as the whole thing hardened around them. They remain there now, cracking out venoumous epics that get up inside and rattle around your head. 2016's Untied Kingdom (or how to come to terms with your culture) LP was a typically sensitive, passionate, muscular musical lament. On this night they'll fill your stocking with classic and modern Pop. And it will be loud.

"A Romford Wu Tang Clan" - Daniel Williams (Tangents)

"Like Eric Burdon on mescaline fronting the MC5" - Paul Sutton (Pink Label)

Witching Waves are a Pop twister that blow through your door and sweep your heart a hundred foot in the air; a perpetual thrill-giver of a band in the finest go-faster spirit of post-punk. Their last LP, 'Crystal Cafe', was released via Soft Power Records in 2016.

The Plan, featuring a cast of players that include former members of Wetdog and The Subway Sect, play shimmering, contrary post-punk with wonderful oddball arrangements and the quivering melodic edge of Fire Engines. Their latest LP, 'Nervous Energy' was self-released this month.

Then at 10.30 the annual Des Was a Bowie Fan Christmas baller, the ghosts of 60s girl groups, Motown, Northern Soul and rock'n'roll joining the most shimmering indiepop, new wave, post-punk and riot grrrl, with all the Christmas hits from the Welsh Jonathan Richman (Shakin' Stevens) to Wham, Slade, Jona Lewi, The Waitresses and Fairytale of New York. We dance till the milkman's bottles rattle round Cable Street.

All flaming limbs at the front line x

Expect to hear: Dexys Midnight Runners * Pulp * Belle and Sebastian * The Waitresses * Brigitte Bardot * Kirtsy MacColl & The Pogues * The Smiths * The Cure * Dream Wife * Bowie (and Bing) * The Ramones * The Ronettes * The Raincoats * Veronica Falls * The Shangri-Las * Aretha Franklin * Alvvays * The Temptations * Blondie * Le Tigre * Bowie * Beach House * Little Richard * The Fall * The Cure * The Field Mice * Camera Obscura * The Pastels * Johnny Cash * Jackie Wilson * Serge Gainsbourg * Talking Heads * Joy Division * Martha and the Vandellas * Magnetic Fields * Mariah Carey * The Beach Boys * Pet Shop Boys * Art Brut * Aracde Fire * Dusty Springfield * Depeche Mode * The Indelicates * Rita Pavone * New Order * Jens Lekman * Jonathan Richman * Jesus and Mary Chain * Candi Staton * Kim Weston * Sonic Youth * Slowdive * Flowers * The Four Tops * The Flirtations * Ritchie Valens * Meilyr Jones * Slade * Wizard * Mud * Half Man Half Biscuit * Velvet Underground * Tcha Limberger and His Budapest Gypsy Orchestra