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Posted by Melanie Smith on December 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

It's now December - Santa's stocking up on our huge Christmas wish lists, and as its the holiday season we will be slowing down. What a year we have had. Lets remember some of our highlights of the year.


Photo by Mel

Model Collette Von Tora


Mel: This year has been one hell of a year for me both personally and web site wise (the interest we have gained worldwide has surpassed all expectations once again). I attended many live shows despite having a number of viruses and setbacks (of one thing or another) throughout the year and I managed to find my way front row to many a special show. Its hard to chose a top ten but some of the best shows for me: Grinderman, The Jim Jones Revue, Green Day, Gogol Bordello, and Emile Autumn all had something a little special, and in their own individual way frenzied performances, which I managed to capture on camera.

North West bands which impressed me this year: Kirsty Almedia, The 66, Exile Parade.

My most played and interesting albums of 2010 in no particular order were: (I like a variety of Genre) Detroit Social Club - Existence / Dum Dum Girls - I will be/ Grinderman Grinderman 2/ Hole - Nobodys_Daughter/ Karen Elson - The Ghost Who Walks/ Kirsty Almeida - Pure Blue Green/ Mariachi El Bronx - El Bronx/ Marina And The Diamonds - Family Jewels/ Patches 'n' Gretchen - Sugar Head Pie/ Plan B - The Defamation Of Strickland Banks/ Scissor Sisters - Night Work/ The Adjusters - Reckless Relations/ The Cubical - Crippled Tunes/ The Jim Jones Revue - Burning Your House Down/ The Raveonettes - In & Out of Control.

As for personal highlights I've really enjoyed getting into my photography more - shooting bands and models. I'd love to do more in 2011 so anyone out there interested in hiring me for promotional work contact me on

Heading into 2011 we have a couple of new contributors for Mudkiss - lets introduce Andy Barnes who is another North West show reviewer and John Wisniewski who hopefully is going to produce some cracking interviews for us, hailing all the way from the USA.

I've also been in touch with our Spanish correspondence Rachel (who's been resting a while) to ask what her highlights of the year have been. Apart from moving to London this is what she had to say.

"This year's brought many good things and people into my personal life, for which I am super grateful. Now 2 pretty cool minutes of this year took place a few months ago at my local grocery store, standing right behind Tim Burton. To my surprise I froze completely, my face fiercely began to blush, I would not dare tap on his shoulder or anything. I could just about desperately crush my half a dozen happy eggs in my hands. The guy did turn around and briefly look at me, I was staring in horror, I guess. He went on to pay and I was thinking how damn hot he was, seriously. Who would've thought this freak was so appealing?... But then as he exited the door I kept staring at him completely frustrated with my outrageous lack of reaction, the guy turned his head back for a second and winked at me, then disappeared from my sight. I finally batted my eyelids and stopped levitating. Yep, like a fucking thirteen year old. Well, I hope at least Depp gets to play Gomez"

Some of my albums of... 2010:

Betty Blowtorch 'Are You Man Enough?'Nine Inch Nails 'Burn EP'Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 'From Her To Eternity'The Birthday Party 'Prayers On Fire'Elvis Presley: Box sets:  'The Complete 50 's Masters',  'The Essential 70's Masters' and 'The Complete 68 Comeback Special' Crank County Daredevils 'Crank County Daredevils'Fields Of The Nephilim 'Earth Inferno'The March Violets 'Snake Dance'Towers Of London 'Blood, Sweat & Towers'Murderdolls 'Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls'.

Some gigs:

Toilet Boys - Azkena Rock Festival, Spain (never made it, got stuck at airport in Frankfurt but I am positive that was the best gig of 2010)Crank County Daredevils - Rocksound, BarcelonaTexas Terri - Shepherds Bush Empire, LondonGuns N' Roses - O2 ARENA, LondonAlien Sex Fiend - Electric Ballroom, London.

Some books, music related:

Elvis, My Best Man (George Klein)

A Very Irregular Head: life of Syd Barrett (Rob Chapman)

I Am Ozzy (Ozzy)Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life:

A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us (Steve Almond)

Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards: Memoirs of a Rock 'N Roll Survivor (Al Kooper)

Slash (Slash)

Are You Hungry Tonight? Elvis' Favourite Recipes (Brenda Arlene Butler)

Elvis, Still Taking Care Of Business ( Sonny West)

Bumping Into Geniuses (Danny Goldberg)

Last Train To Memphis & Careless Love (Peter Guralnick) (again)Reckless Road (Marc Canter)

Diamond geezer Den Browne told us about his best of 2010:

Fave 2010 music:

Subway Sect - We come as aliens

Band of Holy Joy - Paramour

Coral - Butterfly house

Midlake - Courage of strangers

Karen Elson - Ghost who walks

Plan B - Strickland Banks

Bitter Springs "My life as a dog/ Hospital"


Jimi Hendrix - West Coast Seattle Boy

Teardrop Explodes - Kilimanjaro

Various - Elektronische Musik ... German rock & electronic music 72-83



Rob Young - Electric Eden

Tony Beesley - Our Generation series (3 books)

Trygve Mathiesen - Banned in the UK! Sex Pistols in Oslo

Zoe Street Howe - How's Your Dad?


Personal highlight - getting my teeth fixed at last!




Tony Beesley: Talkin Bout Our Generation - Interview by Den

What Would Jesus Drive: Tiffin At he Fragile Mansion - interview by Dick Porter

The promoters tale: Helen Martin - interview by Den Browne


Band Of Holy Joy/Bitter Springs @ St Pauls Church Brentford 04/12/10



Bitter Springs "Tiny Tears / Sirens Every Day" (Harvey Records)

Band of Holy Joy "Oh What a Thing, This Heart of Man" (Radio Joy)

Monkey Island "Duxe et Redux" (Imprint Recortds)

The Cubical - Golden Rule (free mp3 download)

Deferred Sucess "House Parties" (Sundown)

Lee Perry "Sound System Scratch ... Dub plate mixes 1973-79" (Pressure Sounds)

The Cleopatras:




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