Last night I went out to the Clash-A-Rama – a Three-D radio fundraiser at Jive. There were supposed to be ten bands doing three songs each – Clash songs of course. Being a bit of a Clash fan I went along.
I also went to the last ‘A-Rama’ that 3D radio did – an 80’s-A-Rama which was hilarious fun. We dressed up for that one as the advertisement said if you dress up there will be prizes and lets face it, 80’s fashion was the be all and end all of horribleness so it’s kind of fun to get in the spirit and dress up. I won a prize – the Cheesy Cuts double CD which has some atrociously cheesey songs on it like ‘I’m too sexy.’ Not sure if that’s the correct title but it’s an awful song. I think part of the reason I won my prize was the 80’s style dancing I was doing. For those that used to watch Fast Forward, just think of Ferret and Michelle (I think it was Michelle). I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I really enjoyed the 80’sorama, had a great time doing the cheesy dancing and remembering what it was like during that time as it was the time I started going out to pubs and discos.
Back to the Clash-A-Rama – we didn’t dress up for this one. Unfortunately it wasn’t as busy as the 80’s-A-Rama. A few bands had dropped out and I think the majority of the people there were in the bands that were playing and the rest were mad Clash fans of course.
Mostly the bands did not do great renditions of The Clash songs but there were a couple of exceptions. The first two bands did ‘Tommy Gun’ and the first band with one girl on guitar and a drummer did it much better than the second band with four people. The Saucermen with their double bass were the first band, and really the only band, to completely nail the Clash-A-Rama. The rest of the audience obviously thought so too, or they’d had a few drinks by then, as there was a respectable crowd actually on the dance floor getting into it.
Between their set and the Ramonettes set, a guy got up on stage and proposed to his girlfriend Donna. When I realised what he was going to do I had mixed feelings of horror, embarrassment and the the warm fuzzy’s. She got up on stage and said that she would marry him. Phew, potentially very embarrassing moment averted.
The Ramonettes did what must be my favourite Clash song – ‘I Fought the Law’ and they did it well. They also dedicated their first song (don’t know the name, I did say I was a bit of a Clash fan) to the man that was shot last week in London because police thought he was a terrorist.
As for future ‘A-Rama’s’? You heard it here first. Yes, the Cash and Cave-A-Rama could be a happening thing. We’ve planted the seed and hopefully it will germinate and take root.