Punks show their caring side with fundraising CD for the homeless
Punk rockers from around the North East have shown their caring side by recording a Band Aid-style charity CD to help the homeless.
They have joined forces to record a new version of Ralph McTell’s Streets of London, to raise cash for The People's Kitchen in Newcastle.
The idea of a CD to raise funds for the charity was the brainchild of punk couple Tony and Karen Houghton, from Blyth.
Artists by day, by night the couple become Sewer Rat and Karen Khaos, fronting punk covers band The Pretty Anarchists, who play around the region.
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Using their network of contacts, they recruited singers from other local punk bands to record a few lines for the reworked song, called Streets of Newcastle.
The CD also includes a punk version of Fairy Tale of Newcastle and a track written by Karen, with guitar accompaniment by Michael Oliver, about a real homeless person called Tommy No Shoes.
Members of Sunderland's Spitfire Bullets, Billingham-based Zeitgeist 77, Logoz from Ashington, The V's from Tyneside, All Out Attack from Cramlington and The Band For Disease Control & Prevention from Gateshead contributed vocals to the single.
Guest musicians include Richard Craig on accordion and Tony Machin on mandolin, and sponsors and representatives from The People’s Kitchen joined in with the chorus.
The tracks were recorded in studios in Newcastle and Bedlington, and every aspect of the recording was carried out free of charge by local businesses, so all proceeds from the sale of the CD go directly to The People’s Kitchen. Tony and Karen hope the CD will sell well and raise much-needed funds to help the vulnerable people of Newcastle.“When you see people sleeping rough in the snow and rain, it makes you realise how lucky we all are with our warm homes and well-stocked food cupboards," said Tony.
"I wanted to make people stop and think about the needs of others, and for them to buy the CD, so more funds can go to this deserving charity."David Yellowley, trustee of The People’s Kitchen, said: "These guys have hearts of gold and everyone enjoyed themselves making this record.
We brought some of our friends with us who were once homeless, so that made this recording very poignant for us all.”The CD, costing Â£5 for three tracks, is available from the bands, various record stores around the region and online HERE.