Spawn of the Newtown London suburb of Welwyn Garden City - famous for having only 3 pubs, JJCrash fled for the bright lights of London and Brighton as soon as he could afford a pair of Dr Martens and 2-Tone drainpipes. "I blame those punk rock records" said mama Crash. "But his first music heroes were James Brown, Parliament and Funkadelic believe it or not" admitted his probation officer.

OK - to set the record straight it was listening to The Clash, The Specials and The Jam that inspired JJCrash to play guitar - although favourite album is still Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables by the Dead Kennedys.

You can tell he's mellowed out a bit musically since then but he still twists the knife in some of his clearly politically inspired lyrics. JJCrash says "I don't wanna be a popstar - just wanna play songs to my friends to make em laugh and think. If I'd been old enough to get in to the 100 Club in 1977 I reckon that's what it was like. That's the vibe I got when I first walked into the Sidewalk Cafe in 2001 and started listening to what Antifolk artists were doing". Now JJC's back in London checkin out Milk Kan, David Cronenberg's Wife, The Rebel and Spinmaster Plantpot and Joe Buzfuz's Blang Nites at the 12 Bar -life is sweet.

JJ Crash plays protest lullabies "somewhere between the punk poetry of Patrick Fitzgerald and the wordy folk buffoonery of Jake Thackary"

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