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2020 Barfly Top Ten: Ashley Thomson

ashley thomson 2020ASHLEY THOMSON
Ex-Kelpies, Rollcage, Brother Brick, Panadolls
Sydney, Australia

Top Ten Gigs I wish I was at drunk

Beatles - @ the Kaiserkeller - Hamburg, Germany. October 1960.
From the era when the Beatles played four sets a night, 50 days straight, making themselves an extremely tight rock n roll machine. Heineken ja ja!

The Doors - @ Whiskey a Go Go - Los Angeles, USA. August 1966
Mostly I just want to hear a fat version of “The End”. I’d probably drop a trip as well. JD. 

Coloured Balls/Lobby Lloyd - @ Sebastians, Melbourne. Saturday April 15, 1972 
I’d make sure I was fucking hammered and slammed my head into the PA when they did their “torture rock porn” version of Heartbreak Hotel, suck more piss indeed. Just beer. 

Robert Johnson @ anywhere around the Mississippi Delta, USA. 1935
“Hellhound on my Trail” is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. Moonshine. 

The Byrds @ Whiskey a Go Go - Los Angeles, USA. 1966
So influential, changed everything, still listening to them. A trip as well? Not sure. Watermelon wine. 

Top Tens for 2021: Ashley Thomson of Sydney '80s punks The Kelpies

  1. ash2021Shooting up vaccine while saying, “’scuse me while I kiss the sky
  1. Wavves– “Hideaway” album. I play it every day for months. Loved ‘em since “King of The Beach”.
  1. Private Function - Best rock/punk band in Australia and also the funniest. Their live shows are action from start to finish.
  1. Ceremony– There has been an astonishing progression over the last 10 years. Think Husker Dü/Replacements, but they have gotten to this neon, cool place at the moment. Their old shows on YouTube are killer.
  1. A kid I made, Spike Vincent, made this beautiful song called “Time Machine”, it’s in skateboarding movies etc. I love it.
  1. Watching this year’s Stonestour on YouTube and the Beatles doco (I love both of ‘em.)
  1. Started a new label called Rolled in Glitter Records: “You can’t shine a turd but you can roll it in glitter” . I will be raiding my vaults. Vanity label extreme.
  1. How my close friends were supportive during virus crazy time.
  1. Shane McGowan doco “Fairy Tale in New York”. It gives me rising sad tears every time.
  1. Also fuck all you, you rusted on Radio Birdman heads!!!

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