Some sad news today, I found out that Dickie Hammond had passed away a few days ago. Hammond was the guitarist in the classic line-up of the best British band of the 90’s, Leatherface. Quite simply these sheet-metal punks from Sunderland made one of my favourite ever LPs, Mush. It’s already an album I find almost too emotionally intense to listen to, Christ knows what it’ll do to me when I spin it tonight.
Leatherface, for the uninitiated, sounded a lot like Motörhead and Hüsker Dü playing off simultaneously in a battle of the bands, but with better songs than either of them. They remind me of a time and a place and my mates. I saw their last ever gig at Leeds, Duchess of York on 14 December 1993 with Guns n’ Wankers supporting them – hey, they reformed a couple of years later, but that’s not the point, it was emotional. After Leatherface Dickie Hammond played with Doctor Bison and North East punk stalwarts like the Angelic Upstarts.
It was poignant to read that Dickie Hammond, a man whose music gave a lot of us, a lot of pleasure never made much from his playing and he certainly had troubles in his later life, there is a crowd-sourcing website here to help pay for his funeral.