A colleague recently put me forward for a short interview slot on Radio Sheffield, which seemed like a fun thing to do. Rony Robinson chatted to me on his show for 20 minutes and we managed to mention Sheffield street trees, my PhD in folklore and TV, Godzilla, my band The Sleazoids, feminism and The Monks, amongst other things. They even played The Monks’ ‘Complication’ (which The Sleazoids cover) half way through for me 🙂
Here is the interview for the Tassles archive, kindly sent to me as an mp3 by Mark Cotton so I’ve added it to my Souncloud files – big thanks to him for his technical wizardry.
I’m very proud to be an ongoing participant in and supporter of the Hannah Festival. I’ll be away for the festival this coming week so am making my pre-emptive offering today to help kick the festival off to a punk rock start!
The festival is named after Hannah Mitchell, suffragette and socialist from a poor Derbyshire background. She worked for her socialist ideals, women’s suffrage and pacifism, eventually becoming a Labour MP and magistrate – her story is amazing and inspring. In her honour, I decided to have a stab at a cover of a favourite song of mine by another of my heroes, the aptly named Kathleen Hanna, also founder of the feminist Riot Grrl punk feminist movement. The timing of this couldn’t feel more right, to have a go at expressing creativity, pride and anger in one foul swoop, and thanks to the Hannah Festival for giving me a reason to try something new.
This is the first recording I’ve attempted alone, and was done this morning on a crappy phone app – it’s rough and ready – could be better and more polished but it is done with punk rock feminist spirit at heart.
[original by Bikini Kill 1993, written by Kathleen Hanna]
It’s only taken me about 8 months to finish this cartoon diary of our wedding day, but here it finally is, complete with relevant audiovisual links along the way – it’s LIKE YOU WERE THERE! 🙂
Click here to hear what we tested the jukebox with (see next panel)
Click here for some TV nostalgia that was the soundtrack to my ironing (see panel below)
Reading 1: Chosen by Paul, read beautifully by his cousin Amanda
Reading 1: Chosen by Missy, read beautifully by Best Woman Lizzie Biscuits
Songs we chose to play whilst we signed the register:
Song we chose to play as we left the room:
Click here to hear the song for our first dance! (see next panel)