Last Years Youth

Subculture zine — Issue 5


Major Accident

Major Accident

How and when did MA form, and what bands were you taking influence from early on?

Con: The story really started when I left school at 16 and got an apprenticeship. With my first wage I went and put a deposit down on my first bass – a Rickenbacker 4001. OK so it was a CMI copy but it looked the bollox. I found a band called Insipid and became the bass player, yep because I had a bass. Unfortunately Insipid never got any further than the pub (the rest were older than me), where we planned our punk rock storming of the world in theory only.

Meanwhile, Paul and some friends started a band. Nobody could play but Paul now had access to a bass. Paul on Bass, Shaun on vocals, Craig and drums and Dave on guitar. The first 3 and me went on to become the Darlo Droogs and Dave played on and off for Major Accident till this very day.

Paul: I was14 and in a daft chat with schoolmate Shaun we discussed starting a band, and on a bus trip home bumped into Dave got chatting and fortunately Dave wasn’t a perv chatting up schoolboys, but a real, live punk guitarist with his own guitar!

It was quickly discovered that Paul didn’t have one timing bone in his body (and it never improved!), so when Shaun decided to jump ship, I jumped onto bass and Paul moved on to the mic. And after a couple of legendary local gigs and a long line of drummers to follow it was obvious that Craig suffered the same timing affliction as Paul, and even though it was punk, we decided it wasn’t going to work. So Craig gave up his stool and became road manager till we split up in 1986 or was it 87? So in came Col Stephenson.

Con: 77 / 78 in Darlo was a dangerous time, with most punks being 15 to 18 they were easy prey for the much older teddy boys, soulies etc who took the media at face value and decided it was open season. Punks all over the country were living with the same problem tho so we had to learn to man up, live with it and give it back.

A few other locals started up bands, The Urban Guerrillas, The Bloodclots, The Last Rockers and at one point there was a thriving scene. Then before you know it we had the “you aren’t punk enough” and “I’ve got a mohawk” divisions started. great fun times though.

Paul: It might have been a thriving scene but the only venues were youth clubs and a couple of back rooms in pubs. 

Musically you guys have always had the attack and energy of UK82, as well as the melodies, sing along style and lyrics of Oi! Did you play gigs with both sorts of bands back in the day, did you feel more apart of one scene then another, and has that changed over the years?

Con: We never fitted comfortably in either. We weren’t punk enough for the punks and not Oi enough for the skinheads, and our Clockwork image added to that confusion. Musically we had a foot in both camps.  We had out-and-out punk songs and out and out Oi songs, but we also had something that was completely different in songs like Brides of the Beast, Twisted Mind and Affliction. Luckily not everyone is narrow-minded (plenty are mind) and we accrued a great cult following “The Clockwork Legion”, many of who we are still in touch with til this day. And we still get old timers telling us that now.

Paul: Yeah, musically we had a listen to whatever was brought to the table, if we liked it we played it, if not it was tampered with or binned. There was no discussion about what style we should play in, we were all interested in different bands, though there were a lot of common denominators we all liked, and we were moulded in different walks of life and these are reasons why there is such a variety in what we created.

Con: We went to loads of punk and Oi gigs as punters – driving all over in my Ford Cortina, or going mob-handed in a Transit van and bedding down in it afterwards. I remember a trip to London to see The Ramones and Leeds, to see Infa Riot and the Business, and countless trips to see all the original great punk bands in Middlesbrough and Newcastle. but we seemed to play mainly with punk bands like Chelsea on our first UK tour in 82. We did have a tour supporting Infa Riot but they walked out before the first show and never turned up again. We went ahead and played 2 or 3 of the shows pretending we thought they were on the way – no mobile phones then  😉

With a career spanning 40+ years now, it’s fair to say you’ve seen some major changes in the punk and skinhead scenes. What would you say the main differences were from the 80’s to the 90’s, then the 90’s to the 2000’s?

Con: Definitely the overpowering difference is the violence. Back in the 80s, it was rare for it not to kick off at gigs, but when we reformed and started playing in the 90s everyone was older and thankfully more sensible and realized we shouldn’t be fighting each other cos there’s plenty of other shit to focus energy on. Into the 2000’s it got even mellower. Still a few kickoffs but nothing like the old days.

Bands were different in the early days as well. A lot were very stand-offish, with quite a bit of punk snobbery. We did a tour with the Vibrators and they never spoke to us once. They were stars and we were kids. On the other hand, we did bump into the Clash outside the venue in Middlesbrough and they brought us in for the soundcheck.

Some of the younger bands were cool but there was still animosity or whatever. You would often go into a dressing room and one band would be abusing another through the media of graffiti on the wall.

Nowadays it is one big punk rock family. Everyone has been through the great punk rocks wars and came out the other side older and wiser. Happy days.

Paul: Definitely a big reduction in the amount of trouble at gigs. Also an improvement in venues. Early days for us it was back rooms in pubs and we had to hump our own basic PA system with us, but later the pubs that put bands on had in-house PA’s next it was proper venues. We were pretty poor in the early days and even had Stu the drummer heat up a tin of soup over a candle in the back of the van, it was nice in later years to have food provided by promoters, At most of the later gigs, we were wined and dined which was a treat.

If you had to pick, what are say the 5 most memorable gigs and why? As a rule of thumb, which towns/countries have been a good time for you guys?

Con: Memorable gigs are a knotty one cos mainly the ones that stand out are for the wrong reasons. We had a particularly bad night in Belgium in 97 when a gang of Paris skinheads ran riot. It was pretty scary and afterwards, the bar looked like a saloon scene from a John Wayne western. Rumour had it that someone had died and when we walked outside the venue a dozen riot vans of cops had about 30 skinheads all facedown on the floor handcuffed with snarling German shepherds straining to get at them. But the good memories far out way the bad ones.  

I wouldn’t like to say which countries or towns have been best for us because there are so many. But memorable gigs include our first ever at Skerne Park Youth Club, Darlo in 78. A mob of youngsters all crammed in a Portakabin, no stage and only about 4 or so of our own songs and a handful of covers – White Riot was covered at least 3 times that night and Terrorist Gang went down a treat.

Of course, CBGBs is on every punk band’s bucket list and it didn’t disappoint, particularly the legendary toilets ;-). Conne Island in Leipzig, Germany never fails to disappoint and then of course there is Rebellion, which is always a great weekend away on the lash. There don’t seem to be any crap gigs these days. The shows are put on by music lovers that want toggle the bands a good night, unlike the sharks of the 80s that would disappear with the takings, after providing 4 cans of lager, no food and no accommodation.

Paul: A Few gigs that stick out to me; Earl 80’s the last gig of our tour of Holland was in a town called Groningen. The guys who were ferrying us around were joking with us saying it was in bumpkin land and the locals still wore wooden shoes. At least we thought they were joking until we arrived at the town where the locals did wear wooden shoes! The venue was on the edge of a run-down industrial park and looked like a portacabin that had been used as a canteen. We thought no one would be turning up that night. 

A couple of hours before doors opened, cars, vans, minibuses and even a couple of coaches started to arrive. There were people from all over Holland, a lot who had seen us throughout the tour and had come to see the finale of the tour. The place was packed. There was a low stage at one end of the hall that was accessed through the crowd. It was a great night but once we’d played our set and a couple of encores we tried to leave the stage, unfortunately, the only way to the backstage area was through the crowd, and they weren’t letting us go!!! We carried on playing until a stage invasion, one of several that night, where the neck on Cons bass got snapped and speakers were sent flying and we couldn’t carry on. If that hadn’t happened we’d probably still be playing there today.

Another gig was the Santa Monica Civic Hall, not because it was a good gig but because the stage was bigger than any venue we’d played in before. Definitely a WOW moment. The gig a couple of nights later in Fenders was a much better night.

Skunx club in London. We’d travelled down to London for the gig only to get there and find it hadn’t been advertised! The gig posters and fliers were still under the bar. Fortunately, when we were unloading the gear a passing skin asked who was playing and went and got his mates. I think there were six of them in that night, but they had a great time. Probably the smallest crowd we played to.

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How’s both band a civvie life in Darlington these days? Having churned out bands such as Last Rough Cause, Gimp Fist and more recently Boilermaker, there’s clearly something in the water….

Con: Work took me away from Darlo in 86 and after a stint in London I now live in a small town called Pickering (Small Town England). It’s about 70 miles from Darlo, one of the main reasons we never get together as a band anymore. I still get through occasionally for a pint with Paul and when times were better we would get to a gig if Boilermaker, LRC or the GImps were playing. The Struggle were around for a short period too.

In the old days, we played pubs and attics and had to travel to Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Leeds to see bands cos there were no proper venues in town. Now we have the Forum, which is a great venue, so we get decent bands and a great night out. And it has a proper bar n all!!!

Paul: Life’s too busy at the moment with work, so we haven’t done anything for a few years now, but maybe when retirement comes we can get to do something if our bodies and brains are still functioning!!!!

Once you’re able, where are the first ports of call for the band both home and abroad?

Con: Sorry to say we have no plans to go anywhere apart from the pub. We never say never but it looks like the Warboots are very close to being hung up for good. 

Paul: We still get offered many gigs and festivals around the globe, we were actually looking at playing several interesting ones in both Europe and the States but these were knocked on the head when our drummer got married and wasn’t allowed out to play. With busy lives, we didn’t have the time to look for or rehearse with a new drummer. But maybe one day when our lives become less busy we will return and take up some of the offers we’ve had.

What are your favourite current bands that you’d recommend giving a listen? (anything from say last 10 years to now).

Con: Another tricky one. Obviously, the Darlo bands mentioned previously. We are very proud of the Darlo legacy and to see such talented bands coming through is fantastic. But I listen a lot to bands like Knock Off, The Young Ones, Flogging Molly (OK not that new), Haymaker.

Paul: I’m a bit of a music recluse so unless someone suggests something (and it’s usually Con that suggests it) I don’t hear of it. So it’s mostly old stuff that gets listened to. Flogging Molly are good and they were one of Con’s suggestions, and we managed to get to see them play in Leeds which was a great night. Bouncing Souls have had some great tracks. One album I recently have been listening to is Wolf Bites boy.

Have you heard many Canadian Oi!/street punk bands, and if so what do you make to them? (Alternate Action, No Heart, Bishops Green, True Grit are all recent years, whereas there are older classics like Subway Thugs, Vacant Lot, The Discords etc)

Con: Love listening to all those bands, particularly Bishops Green and I always liked DOA early doors and more recently bands like the Real McKenzies, Propagandhi and The Flatliners. Was Paul that got me into the FLatliners and I bet he didn’t know they were Canadian. To be honest I didn’t even know any of them were Canadian except DOA. The internet has made for a much smaller world, where great bands are available everywhere and you don’t have to track them down to their stomping grounds. Maybe that’s not such a good thing as we lump every band west of the pacific as American. Not in a derogatory way – just the way we were brought up. Shit, I’m digging a hole for myself here. We love ALL Canadian bands! 

Paul; Eulogy was the first Flatliners track I heard and loved it, yeah Con’s right, I didn’t know they were from Canada for a long time. I think I’ve become lazy as you can just stream music and save what you like, it’s not like the old days where you bought a record and read the sleeve notes over and over.

Thanks for taking the time to answer these – anything you’d like to say to our readers? 

Con: Yep. A couple of words from your humble narrators – Thanks to Last Years Youth for not giving up the ghost. Thanks to everyone who ever bought or enjoyed any Major Accident music. And thanks for being interested enough to read these words from a couple of starry vecks!

Paul: Eat, drink and be merry! Oh and listen to a lot of good music.



When and where did Abrovink form?

Crille, Henka and Pontus (from Nya Given) started practicing a couple of songs around the summer of 2018, later that year Pontus left and Micke joined. From there the band became Abrovink.

Micke – Base player, Also in Nya Given. 37 years old, working in the moving business.

Henka – Drummer, previous in Glöm Dä! 35 years old, Working as a chimney sweeper.

Crille – Guitarist and singer, Also playing drums in Dödsångest. 30 years old, Working as an interior constructor.

All working class, haha…

Tell us about Norrkoping – a small town, yet a rich history in skinhead and punk music. Why do you think it’s such a fertile breeding ground for bands?

We think Norrköping is the perfect size, not too big nor too small (Lagom as we say in Sweden) An old town with history of strong industries, in particular textile industry. A city with a soul!
We have and had good bands over the years, like Clockwork crew, The Clichès, Nya Given, Din Skefv etc. It’s easy to practise because of studiefrämjandet(an institution financed by taxpayers to help bands to form and have a place to rehearse)
It seems like there was a quite rich punk scene in the 70s as well.

To me, there are hints of classics like Agent Bulldog and Oxymoron in your sound. What bands influence your writing, both old and new?

Bands like Blitz, Rixe, Bishop Green etc, old and new. We tend to mix everything we like and make it to our own sound, and we don´t want every song to sound the same. Maybe a mix of Oi! and UK82?

What do yer lyrics tend to be about? Do you plan to do any songs in your native tongue?

About things we like, like drinking beers, going to gigs, our home town, and things we don´t like in general, like internet warriors, people who splitting the scene, boring everyday life and also global issues.
It´s not impossible that we’ll do something in Swedish, but we think our sound is doing best in English.

Home to IFK Norrkoping, are you guys keen supporters? How intertwined is yer local club with the punk and oi scene? Peking Fan club seems to be the spot for local gigs.

Abrovink is not into sports, but some of our friends are IFK supporters for sure. Club Peking have arranged a lot of good punk and Oi! gigs over the years and still do, so Jansson is making the scene alive and kicking in that way!


Have you guys been able to gig very much? What have been the highlights so far, and where would you most like to play?

Since the corona pandemic started right after our debut EP release, we have only played a few gigs in Sweden so far. The highlights may be opening up for The Toy Dolls in Linköping, and a smaller gig with Grå Vardag, which in our opinion was our best gig so far. We hope for Hamburg and Badalona soon, that would be nice. And hopefully overseas playing for you guys in Canada?

You have a follow up 7″ out very soon on Common People Records – could you tell us about the release, aswell as part ones and where people can get ahold of them?

Correct, the second EP will be out this spring. It’s recorded in the same studio as the first one. But we have progressed and we think this is more interesting than the first one, both the songs and the mixing, even though the short time in the studio! You will be able to order it from Common People records!

Do you know much about the Canadian punk and Oi! scene? To me, there is a dark, melodic feel in common with many Swedish and west coast Canadian bands.

Maybe we don’t know much about the Canadian scene as a whole, but we do like a lots of Canadian bands like Ultra Razzia, Bishops Green, Jeunesse Apatride, Force Majeure, Inepsy. Agree about the melodic similarities, but there is quite a mix of different sounds in Sweden right now.


What are your top 5 records? Let’s say 5 classic and 5 ones from the past decade.

This is a really hard one! But right now, let’s say.. (longest answer so far..)
Haine Brigades – Sauvages
Anti Cimex – Scandinavian Jawbreaker
Omega Tribe – No love lost
Moderat Likvidation – Kuknacke
Infa Riot – Still out of order

Ett dödens maskineri – Det svenska hatet
The Clichés – Monkey see, monkey do
Komplikation – Going down
Dead Hero – La vida continúa
Rixe – Collection

The 4-skins – The good, the bad & the 4-skins
Camera Silence – Réalité
The Blood – False gestures for a devious public
Sötlimpa – 1981-84
The Macc Lads – From beer to eternity

The Clichés – No justice, just us
Bishops Green – ST 12″
Rixe – Collection (can´t pick one EP)
The Baboon Show – The world is bigger than you
Facção Opposta – Lendas Urbanas

Anti Cimex – Scandinavian jawbreaker
Icons of filth – Onward christian soldier
Broken Bones – Dem bones
Discharge – Why?
Totalitär – Multinationella mördare

Deathraid – All life ends
Skitkids – Onna for pleasure
Rixe – Collection
Vidro – Allt brinner
Axe rash – S/T

Any final thoughts?

Thanks for having us, keeping up the work when bands can’t play in these times! We can reveal that we’ll be on a compilation LP named Oi! the Antidote, from the American record label Crossbar Records. We have also during the pandemic manage to write 8 new songs for a LP!

DJ Scene – Mattie Valentine


Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

First off I want to say thanks for having me, it’s an honour and a privilege to share a bit of my story and thoughts.
I’m Mattie Valentine from Portland, OR (Currently in Georgia) and I’ve been Rose City bovver boys since 1998

Where, when, and how did you get into the world of record collecting and DJing? Did you do more digging or trading initially?

Initially, I got into it through Skinhead Reggae in the 90s, but I did a lot of digging in the early 2000s for soul records. I’ve always been a digger.

What was the skinhead scene like in Portland in the 90s? Why do you think the American West Coast has had such a long-running tradition of soul and/or reggae DJ nights, compared to the more Oi!/punk/hardcore dominated scenes back east?

The scene was thriving in the 90s when I grew up. There were reggae nights done by Pan, & Tane and third-wave ska was at full speed. It seems there were ska or punk shows every other night in those days. As far as the west coast being more traditional, I think it always had a more worldly feel to it. People make their way and do their own thing.
It’s not as fast-paced as the East Coast. There were a lot of crews who stuck to original styles and that’s who I learned from.


Listening to yer mixes on Mixcloud, it’s clear you’ve very eclectic tastes. What was your gateway sub-genre of soul so to speak, and how has it progressed over the years?

When I first started it was the natural progression of looking for skinhead reggae to uptempo dancers. In Portland, we always danced to reggae the same as we danced to soul music. From that, I came to love mid-tempo and popcorn. Crossover and uptempo late 60s aggro soul I love too. The more I dug the more I came to learn about different styles. Nowadays I mainly look for unknowns and heavy funk, but I’m into a lot of different things.
As a deejay you gotta keep it fresh and find your own style otherwise what’s the point, you’d just be regurgitating things that were found 50+ years ago. I like to keep it moving forward as well as revive things from the past that still fit with things I like currently.

Were there particular people who took you under their wing whilst you were starting out, or that really made an impression/had an impact on you? Did you look to England (or Europe) for inspiration, or was there enough going on in the States for that to be the dominant influence?

The first time I went digging was with a friend jay in 2000 and he would show me labels and certain artists. I was hooked immediately. I knew a lot of Motown and soul covers from hearing most of that in island music in the 90s with ska, rocksteady, & reggae. I had amassed a small selection of about 100 soul 45s along with reggae I’d been collecting since the early 90s. I started buying obsessively in 2006 when I got my first chance to deejay and start a club with my old deejay partner Chazz Madrigal. It was with ghost town soul club that I learned more and more about records and playing out. I became obsessed and even lost friends and girlfriends over it. 45s saved me and ruined me at the same time. I was constantly late wherever I went in hopes of keeping up my digging routes and finding a bargain, which I did frequently.

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Presumably you initially got into things going to punk and Oi! gigs back in the day – what bands were big for you at the time, both locally and on vinyl? At this point, do you have more fun at DJ events or live bands?

Yes, punk, oi, & ska shows.
Seemed like The Business used to play weekly in Portland, Poison Idea were always playing along with Defiance, The Riffs (the Portland band), The Exploding Hearts, Bompf was a Portland band you don’t ever hear about that did punk and Oi! covers as well as originals. I liked the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and I still do. They take a large anti-racist stance & I respect that. To me, you can’t be a racist and be a skinhead. It doesn’t add up. The Slackers and The Pietasters were always playing around that time, as well as Two-Tone label giants The Specials, & I must’ve seen the Skatalites 20 or 30 times in that period. I still love Hepcat and Ocean 11

With the advent of Discogs etc. it’s made it very easy for anyone with a lush bank account to get an instant box of great 45’s – do you think the online consumption and at times introduction into the scene has cheapened it at all? Why or why not?

I think so. There’s a lot of nerds out there doing it wrong and never earned it IMO.
Lots of too much money nowadays and not enough brain cells. Records have gotten stupid but I’ll always love it. Once you’ve been bitten that never goes away.
With the skinhead scene, I see a lot of top button fools not doing it right, but the internet is right there and the info is all there, so there’s no reason to not do it justice. Skinhead to me was always about the right records & the right gear. Be true to yourself and be a good person. Don’t say anything unless you mean it.
Most importantly have fun.
I think a lot of that is lost nowadays.

In your opinion, what are the top soul/reggae nights going in North America?

Top nights
Emerald City Soul Club – Seattle
SPQR – NYC / Portland
Soulside – Los Angeles
Knockout – Toronto
Ann Arbor Soul Club – Michigan


Have you had a chance to DJ abroad? If so, what have been your favourite places, and if not where’s on yer hit list?

Haven’t had a chance to as of yet, but was scheduled to deejay Copenhagen for their weekender in 2020, but then COVID happened.
Plan to get out there soon as well as a few spots in the UK. Have to see how things start opening up. We’ll see what happens.

Can you give us a current top 10 list? Also, are there any modern soul artists you’d recommend checking out?

Most of my favourites I try to keep under wraps and have a few cover-ups. I’ll keep those hush for now.
Having just moved, my stuff is in storage and I’m away from my records.
As far as modern stuff goes, all of the stuff on the Canadian label Kimberlite. Jeff is one of my favourite people and always sends me promos. I love that dude.
Aladean Kheroufi & The Love Rights are two favourites from the stable.
New stuff coming out of Detroit by Laura Rain is pretty damn good.

Any final comments?

Thanks again for having me


Outtacontroller – Sure Thing LP

2020 Alien Snatch! Records
Outtacontroller ‎– Sure Thing
Outtacontroller ‎– Sure Thing

While this release is a year old and not even slightly skinhead or mod related, I don’t give a fuck as they’re probably the Canadian band I listen to the most! Outtacontroller are a young band considering they’re celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year. They hail from the Halifax area in Nova Scotia on Canada’s far-flung east coast and play some of the best and most infectious power-punk of the current age. With serious power-pop hooks that stick in yer head for days but with a chunky and aggressive delivery that lets you know power pop’s not just for the soft boys, this is a band that baldies could well get into if they gave them a chance. Blown out yet still fully audible guitars and garagey vocals and great relatable lyrics make this band tick all the boxes for me – if you like bands like Protex, Nasty Facts, The Boys or even the pop(good) side of the Ramones, you need to listen to these. Best tracks: You For You, Glassy Eyes, City Lights. Fuckin eh b’ys.

- Mike

Bent Out Of Shape / The Boldness – Split EP

2021 Demons Run Amok
Bent Out Of Shape / The Boldness - split EP
Bent Out Of Shape / The Boldness - split EP

A cool Dutch/Indonesian split 45 here! I’ve reviewed Bent Out Of Shape in here before, and I can say this is my favourite stuff I’ve heard from them. True Colours is a catchy tune with some big hooks, a bit cheesy but then again the best songs always are – very reminiscent of the early, good Perkele stuff. We Rule Ok is more of a classic Oi! stomper – musically think jock classics On File, then vocally very much like Yellow Stitches from the states – both good songs, look forward to a long-player from these guys. Next up are the Bintang Boot Boys of THE BOLDNESS – kicking off with their anthem(you guessed it) Bintang Boys, a typical sing-along anthem ala Guinness Boys boy The Business which I’m sure goes over a storm locally for them. They finish off with  Skinhead Warriors, an uptempo 90s sounding streetpunk tune which is definitely the stronger of the two, like a mix of Oxymoron and earlier Marching Orders stuff. A fun release all in all and worth snagging if you come across one.

- Mike

The Reflectors – All Made Up

2021 Time For Action
The Reflectors – All Made Up
The Reflectors – All Made Up

The Reflectors are a new band to me, and this EP is a perfect introduction. 2 tracks of absolute power-pop goodness straight from Los Angeles, USA. The title track All Made Up is a great melancholic tune, and instantly brings to mind current bands like The Riots, with a DASH of the ol’ Springsteen(they ARE American to be fair!) The b-side Every Time I is more uptempo and more standard power-punk/pop but a great fun tune nonetheless, a bit like the aforementioned Outtacontroller. Definitely leaves you wanting more, bring on the full-length lads.

- Mike

Alvilda – Négatif EP

2021 Alien Snatch
Alvilda - Négatif
Alvilda - Négatif

Alvilda are a new band from Paris, France featuring members of both Bromure and Squelette – though instead of ’80s inspired French Oi, it’s the best straight-up power-pop I’ve heard since the #1’s Sharon Shouldn’t single! Super sweet and catchy vocals, serious bass lines, jangly guitar and tight drumming, they’ve got it all. I’ve had these 4 songs on repeat since I got them, and at different times they channel bands like Protex and The Undertones, as well as The Headliners and the #1’s(naturally!) Can’t stress enough how hook-heavy this is, and it’s chock-full of really nice vocal harmonies. They’re all bangers, but if I had to choose a favourite, it’d be Kylie. Definitely grab yerself a copy!

- Mike