We asked Five Thirty drummer, Phil Hopper, to let us know what music and films make his Christmas perfect, and here is what he came up with!
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN – SEX PISTOLS
The definitive song of the Seventies,in my opinion.Steve Jones power chords and John Lydon’s venomous, incendiary lyrics and vocals. God save the Queen, my son.
LIGHTNING STRIKES – THE CLASH
Punk/hip hop hybrid by the best band EVER!
EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS – BUZZCOCKS
Punk-pop never sounded so good, but that was because it was written by the third best punk band of the Seventies.
DO THE DOG – THE SPECIALS
Early Specials when they were still fired up by punk. Nasty, oh yes.
WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR – THE SKIDS
Forgotten classic by a forgotten classic punk band from Scotland. Take that Uncle Sam!
THE BACK OF LOVE – ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN
Will Sergeant’s powerful choppy guitar riff and Mac’s operatic vocals make this my favourite Bunnymen track.
LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR – ICICLE WORKS
Another great Liverpool band. I was a big fan of them in the Eighties and went to many of their shows. This was the song that introduced them to me and remains my favourite Icicle Works song.
TIMELESS MELODY – THE LA’S
The song title speaks for itself.
THE BIG DECISION – THAT PETROL EMOTION
A great Irish band with an American singer, this song was described as agit-pop (whatever that means) at the time. A good song to dance to.
UNDERCOVER OF THE NIGHT – ROLLING STONES
The last great song by the Stones.
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