The media is full of the Rock Against Racism event which occurred over the weekend, and with tales of how great the Victoria Park event was 25 years ago.
One person who seems to have been airbrushed out of the history of RAR is Patrik Fitzgerald, who was bottled off stage early in the day by poseur punks impatient to see the swagger and leftist posturing of The Clash (Note to Irish Dave: Is that scathing enough, for you, mate?)
Now, to me, Fitzgerald is the personification of the DiY ethos which (supposedly) runs through punk like the lettering in a stick of rock - he picked up a guitar, learned a couple of chords and went out and Did It Himself. What's more, he is still doing so. Still, as Aesop said a few hundred years earlier: "Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.”
This was his second single, Backstreet Boys, which came out on Small Wonder in 1978 (SMALL 6). You can download all four tracks here.
And it's great.
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