REVIEW: Mixie’s Men, Mersey Clipper, 08.03.14

Wirral punk rock legends Mixie’s Men recently performed at the Mersey Clipper in the shadow of Tranmere Rovers football ground. The show isn’t for the faint hearted but all those who attended had a ball. Our reviewer Shaun McCoy went along to see the band in action.

Mixie’s Men have had a cult following for many years due to the performances of their larger than life frontman Mixie who can shock, entertain and deliver a powerful set of old school punk that includes a majority of the bands own risqué material plus some of iconic covers done in the band’s own inimitable style.

The band kick off their set with Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ with Mixie sporting a fine high heeled pair of boots that would look a whole lot better on Nancy than him. Mixie makes classic songs his own by adding his own input into songs such as ‘Should I Suck Or Should I Blow’ overhauling the Clash’s number one single.

The band also performed material off their new album ‘Punk Off’ which has been given a fresh sound from Mixie’s collaboration with a changing line-up. The musical and lyrical approach is much sharper in tracks such as ‘That’s Sex’ and ‘Punk.’

Mixie also likes to get up close and personal with his audiences whether they like it or not. This was an audience who thoroughly lapped up the entertainment especially when the band delivered old favourites ‘Cilla Black’ and ‘Rock Ferry’ the latter a local punk classic that gives an insight into the local landscape the Mixie is so proud to sing about.

A very raucous set comes to an end by a band that always makes a big impact on their audiences in more way than one!

WORDS BY: Shaun McCoy

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