Tottenham AK 47s – Don’t Call Me Vanilla LP

Artist: Tottenham AK 47’s
Title: Don’t Call Me Vanilla
Source: Vinyl 12″ LP
Bitrate: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:40:29
Size (mb): 268.9
Label: Rugger Bugger Discs (defunct)
Year: 1991

1. Downward Spiral
2. Bastard Restart
3. One Hand
4. Spirit Of Resistance
5. Tiochfaidh Ar La
6. Chillin’
7. God’s Man
8. Cop Cars
9. Tottenham Three

1991 was a vintage year. Only a few months before, the whole country and its nan had decided that the Poll Tax was going to be consigned to the dustbin of history, and with it the witch of Downing Street. The year started in jubilant mood, but it was clear that the struggle was far from finished. Having learnt a hard lesson in taking us all on at once, the bosses didn’t like our new-found spirit of defiance one bit. The ruling class kept up their attacks on the working class but focused their hatred on a few more easily isolated groups, where they could use their media to demonise and stigmatise – the people of Ireland, the young, the unemployed, the free party ravers and football fans alike were all targets. And the statist left didn’t know what to do with our anger except deludingly demand that we voted for another set of bosses who would continue the state’s attacks against us.

In such an environment, the Tottenham AK 47’s righteous anger found a welcoming embrace in the arms of the underground. Heavy dub-influenced basslines, woven together with intricate guitar work and punctuated with the unexpected sounds of tin whistle, flute and harmonica, provided a fresh framework for their revolutionary attitude. The lyrics were dripping with venom and, despite (or perhaps because of) their apparent simplicity, banged the point home in no uncertain terms. The Poll Tax, the dole office jobsworths, the cops and the middle class SWP losers all tasted their uncensored working class wrath, nicely summed up by the lines ‘Don’t trust the middle classes, the vicars and priests and left-wing parties…Cop car gets turned right over, community leader tries to calm things down, which side are you on, boy, which side are you on?’ from ‘Cop Cars’.

Although they only managed to put out this one piece of plastic in their short but inspirational lifetime, it’s a piece that’s left its mark. As the UK headed towards another summer of urban prole olympics, the AK 47’s provided a soundtrack with sage advice. Nearly 20 years later, the times and the specific issues may have changed but the class war rages on, and this record still manages to hit the spot and fan the flames.

OP’s opinion: Five

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VA – Will Evil Win? 7″ Flexi

Artist: Various
Title: Will Evil Win?
Source: Flexi 7″ EP
Format: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:14:44
Size (mb): 32.9
Label: Peaceville Records
Year: 1987

1. Anihilated – Inferno
2. Civilised Society? – Star Wars
3. Lord Crucifier – Deserter To Freedom
4. Desecrators – Ban On Impurity

Like the Tony Blackburn of punk, I’ve taken a few requests and I’ve pop-picked one for today’s post. This particular piece of flimsy plastic was the first release on Hammy’s (Instigators and Civilised Society?) newly emerging thrash-punk-metal label. To be honest, with the exception of Civilised Society?, the bands on here don’t really do it for me – too much tuneless squealing, wailing and faux Yankee accents for my tastes. But it’s a part of our history, and Mr. 7inchcrust asked me for it ever so politely.

Trivia fact – The Desecrators’ guitarist is one Gizz Butt, of English Dogs and Prodigy fame, who recently played alongside Steve Ignorant at the ‘Fleecing Of The 5000’ fiasco. Punk’s not dead, but it sometimes smells that way.

The artwork contains full images of both sides of the fold-out sleeve. I’ve resized it so that if you print it out and fold it along the fairly obvious lines, it’ll wrap nicely around a CD.

OP’s opinion: Two

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Hummus

Hummus – cheap, easy, quick, nutritious and a vegan sandwich staple! What more could a hungry punk want?

Makes a decent bowlful for a few people to share

  • 1 400g can of chick peas (approx 250g cooked weight)
  • 1-2 tbs tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1-3 cloves of garlic, depending on how much you like garlic, peeled
  • 3 tbs olive oil (you can use veg oil or a mix of veg and olive if you’re poor)
  • 2 tbs water
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt & pepper

Throw everything into a food processor of some description (the mini ones you often get with hand blenders are perfect, or you can just use a hand blender if you don’t mind it a bit more rustic). Blend everything until it starts to become smooth. You’ll probably need to add a bit more water at this stage to make it creamy but still stiff enough to just about make peaks in the mix. Keep blending for a few minutes until it’s soft and silky. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ideal in pitta bread with salad, as a dip, or on toast with fresh sliced tomatoes and shredded basil.

Cover and refrigerate any leftovers, it’ll keep for a day or two that way (mine rarely lasts that long).

You can vary this easily – for a Thai-style dip (one of my faves), replace the lemon with lime, then add a good pinch of chili flakes (or powder) and a decent amount of fresh chopped coriander (you can add these after you’ve finished blending it for a funkier appearance). Also try adding 1/2-1 tsp of toasted and crushed cumin and/or coriander seeds during the blending for something a bit more pungent. Experiment!

Mushroom & Pea Risotto

Rice is a very versatile thing and makes a good base for both summer and winter meals. Risotto takes a little bit of effort during the cooking, but it’s nothing too excessive for the soft n’ creamy end result. You can easily vary the ingredients to change the experience quite dramatically. This particular version is quite ‘meaty’ without being too heavy, with a lovely fresh piquancy from the other bits and bobs.

Serves two people with good appetites.

  • 15ml olive oil
  • 15ml vegan margarine
  • 200g arborio (risotto) rice
  • 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced lengthways
  • 1 stick celery, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 25g dried mushrooms (porcini are ideal), rehydrated, or 200g fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 150g petit pois or garden peas
  • 5ml fennel seeds
  • Black pepper
  • 5ml finely chopped fresh thyme (lemon thyme is particularly good)
  • 125ml white wine
  • Juice of half a small lemon
  • 500ml stock (water and a stock cube is fine, mushroom soaking water and a stock cube is better)
  • A few strips of lemon zest
  • 3-4 basil leaves, shredded

Put the stock and lemon zest in a small pan with a lid and keep over the lowest possible heat you can – enough to just keep it simmering very gently.

Gently heat the oil and marg in a deep frying pan. Fry the onion, celery and garlic for a few minutes until beginning to soften. Add the fennel seeds and fry for a minute or so. Add the mushrooms and fry for a couple of minutes more. Add the rice and a good grind of black pepper, and gently stir for a few minutes until it becomes translucent. You may need to add an extra dribble of oil during this stage if things start to stick. Stir in the white wine and keep stirring for a minute or two until the wine has been absorbed and evaporated.

Add the lemon juice and a ladle-full of the stock and stir into the rice and veg. You can either continue to gently stir as the stock is absorbed, or you can just stir it every minute or two if you’re lazy. The heat should be just high enough to keep everything gently simmering. Keep doing this until all the stock is used up and the rice is soft and creamy (it’ll take around 40 minutes from the first ladle). Add the thyme about halfway through cooking and stir in. You may need to add another ladle or two of water if the stock runs out before the rice is cooked.

Start cooking the peas 5-10 minutes before the rice is ready (petit pois take about 4-5 mins to steam). Drain and stir into the rice mixture when it’s ready to serve.

Dish up and sprinkle on the basil, add a good salad with balsamic vinegar and oil dressing (1 part balsamic vinegar, 4 parts olive oil, salt and pepper, also herbs and/or garlic if the mood takes), pour a glass of whatever white you used for the recipe, and try to eat it in the garden with the warm summer evening sun on your face.

Oh, and happy May Day to proles everywhere. Keep it real.