Dave Pope, former singer and guitar-neck-wringer of Yellowjack, is enlivening the groovers of New Zealand (what would they be called – Zealish?) with his new pop-a-rock-a-boogie ensemble, Monkey Grip. Peel back an eyelid and bend an ear as they rampage through a rip-roaring rendition of the Yellowjack track Next.
Meanwhile, Pope’s co-writer of aforesaid song, Paul Hamilton, has – in his bucket-on-head Mephisto 6 disguise – zipped up his boots and gone back to his roots by covering a spooky ballad he recorded whilst still a schoolboy. Written by classmate (and, indeed, class mate) Gary Page, Julie is a clunk-click classic.
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