Black Christmas

In keeping (loosely) with the theme of this website, here’s the Speed Of Dark’s featured Christmas music video for 2012.

Poly Styrene passed away on April 25th 2011. She was a bi-racial feminist singer who fronted X-Ray Spex, a London punk band formed in 1976. Her trademark braces, idiosyncratic dayglo clothes and anti-consumerist/anti-capitalist lyrics made her an iconic figure of the time. The band’s album, Germfree Adolescents, is widely acclaimed as a 70s punk rock classic.

Before she died of cancer at the age of 53, Poly (real name Marianne Joan Elliott-Said) released this song (“Black Christmas”) in collaboration with her daughter, Celeste. It was inspired by the 2008 Christmas Eve killing spree in Los Angeles. The atrocity was carried out by a man dressed as Santa Claus.

Poly Styrene – Black Christmas

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David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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