Punk rockers are on song for charity CD

Peoples Kitchen volunteers and friends enjoying recording the CD with the group. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency.
Peoples Kitchen volunteers and friends enjoying recording the CD with the group. Picture by The Bigger Picture Agency.

Punk rockers have united to help the homeless at Christmas.

They have created a new version of Ralph McTell’s hit Streets of London to raise funds for Newcastle’s People’s Kitchen.

It is the brainchild of punk couple Tony and Karen Houghton, from Blyth.

The pair by day are artists and by night adopt the characters of Sewer Rat and Karen Khaos, when they front punk covers band The Pretty Anarchists.

Using their network of contacts in the music industry, the pair recruited singers from other local punk bands to record a few lines Band-Aid style.

The three tracks on the CD were recorded in two studios, Jason Vare’s Shagnut Studio in Bedlington and at BoomChang Records in Newcastle, which is run by ex-Lindisfarne bassist Stephen Cunningham before being duplicated for release by ST UK.

Tony and Karen hope the CD will sell well and raise much-needed funds to help vulnerable people.

Tony said: “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.

“I wanted to make people stop and think about the needs of others and for them to buy the CD so that more funds can go to this deserving charity.”

As well as The Pretty Anarchists providing vocals and music for the single, bands from all across the North East provided their singers for the recording.

Singers from the following bands were involved Logoz from Ashington, Tyneside band The V’s, Billingham based Zeitgeist 77, Sunderland’s Spitfire Bullets, Gateshead based The Band for Disease Control and Prevention and Cramlington’s All Out Attack.

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.

During the recording session, sponsors and representatives from The People’s Kitchen joined in with the chorus making their personal mark on the fund raising CD.

David Yellowley, trustee with The People’s Kitchen, said: “These guys have hearts of gold and everyone is enjoying themselves making this record.

“We’ve brought some of our friends with us today who were once homeless so that makes this recording very poignant for us all.”

The CD, costing £5 for three tracks is now available from the bands, various record stores around the region and online via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/PKCD