Duncan Destruction

As some of you may know, I’m not that big on Christmas on here, I think there’s plenty of people do that sort of thing much better than I do. But Andy, it seems, isn’t as bah-humbug as myself so ahead of the Cool Cat Club Christmas bash, I’m going to hand him some space to deal with Christmas on an outsourced basis!

Over to you, Andy …

Duncan Destruction is the drummer with The Cool Cat Club favourites, The Creeping Ivies, and also DJ’s as part of Fever and Pyschotic Reaction. The Creeping Ivies will release their debut album Stay Wild early next year on vinyl and digital formats. In between sorting out the tunes for Friday’s eclectic festive soundtrack Duncan took time out to discuss the allure of a good Christmas record.

What does Christmas mean to you?

Hard work! I don’t celebrate Christmas so it doesn’t have any special meaning to me. It’s a good time to catch up with friends and reflect upon the year.

How will you be spending Christmas this year?

Watching GREMLINS at DCA 20th December 20.00. On the day I’ll probably just relax with a book, cocktails and some tunes.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

Really difficult question, too many to choose from! The best two Christmas Albums are Elvis’ Christmas Album and A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector. As for tunes, Little Joey Farr’s Rock And Roll Santa really is a wonderful slice of early 60s rockabilly.

And the worst?

Again too many to choose from! The usual songs that get over played this time of year from The Wombles, Wizzard, and Mariah Carey usually get me bah humbugging through the festive season.

What makes a great Christmas song? Have you ever considered writing one?

The same things that make any great song. A Rocking beat, jaunty rhythm and smart lyrics. A bit of gimmick can be good but it shouldn’t dominate the song.

I’m not musically gifted enough to write a Christmas song, I’m a drummer after all! It would be fun to record some though.

What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received?

Probably a 1st edition copy of Death’s Foot Forward by George B. Mair. It was a big surprise as I only mentioned the author in passing and quite a rare book to find.

And the strangest or worst?

The strangest was a T-shirt of The Fonz and Mullet Power card game! The worst? I can’t think of one. I’m easily pleased and appreciate gifts. It would be pretty mean to single someone out too!

Do you prefer Christmas or Hogmanay?

Neither nor. They both usually create a mass frenzy with a post event blues. I just try to stay away from all that.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

No, utterly pointless. If you’re going to do something just do it.

Do you have a festive message for anyone reading this?

Come to Beat Generator 14th December for some amazing tunes, brilliant bands and burlesque! Wear your favourite jumper!

The Cool Cat Club’s Christmas bash is this Friday and is being promoted in cahoots with Monster-A-Go-Go. Three bands, -The Won Over, an expanded Hookers For Jesus line-up and the Blood Indians are playing alongside the Monster-A-Gogo Burlesque Dancers. The Christmas soundtrack will be provided by the Psychotic Reactions DJs (including Duncan).