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Gaz’s G.A.S.S. Adventures Part 5

December 2014
Challenge 5: G.A.S.S. Christmas Competition: The Shittest Gift

In a video Ginger told us the challenge was to send in the shittest gift you could think of. A rubbish item from your house or a crap purchase from a shop that specialises in selling garbage and bollocks. The prize: Ginger would write and record a song on the subject of your choice. This was without a doubt the best prize of the whole G.A.S.S. campaign.

You could either send it to the address provided or if you were going to Ginger’s Birthday Bash at the Kentish Town Forum,… Continue reading

Gaz’s G.A.S.S. Adventures Part 6

February 2015
Challenge 6: Taylor’s Lego Competition

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that I’ve skipped a challenge. The reason being? I wanted to save the best till last. Challenge 5 will follow.
Challenge 6 was a spur of the moment comp that came about while Ginger was recording the podcast for month 10 of G.A.S.S.. Ginger was talking away to Chris Hodgson (merch guy) when special guest Taylor (Ginger’s son) came walking into proceedings. Taylor announced that he’d just made a Roman fort out of Lego. Ginger told Taylor that he’d have to explain what it looked like… Continue reading

Gaz’s G.A.S.S. Adventures Part 4

October 2014
Challenge 4: Trick Or Treat

For the next comp we had to send in a photo of ourselves in a Halloween costume, or Halloween make up. Ginger said that we could make it ugly, beautiful, weird or traditional. The winner would receive a goody bag containing a drum skin used on some of the G.A.S.S. recordings, and some other goodies.

I’m not that great at Halloween make up and was on a low budget. It didn’t take long though to think up the idea of carving a pumpkin into a traditional Smileybones and fitting it over my head.… Continue reading

Gaz’s G.A.S.S. Adventures Part 3

August 2014
Challenge 3: G.A.S.S. Stencil

In a video Ginger explained that you had to print out a stencil of the G.A.S.S. logo, then carefully cut it out. The idea was to stencil G.A.S.S. in the most humorous or unlikeliest place you could imagine. Ginger emphasised that you didn’t need to be using spray paint on any walls, as of course, it was highly illegal. Squirty cream or ketchup in a spray bottle were given as alternative options; or of course you could use spray paint – just make sure you wore a disguise in the process.

And the prize?… Continue reading

Gaz’s G.A.S.S. Adventures Part 2

June 2014
Challenge 2: Ginger-on-a-Stick

In a video Ginger explained that we had to download and print out a PDF of his head. From there we were to glue it to a piece of card and attach it to a stick. Then we had to go out into the world with our Ginger lollipop and get a photo with anyone or anything we considered to be a celebrity. The prize this time would be Ginger’s own Zippo ‘Endless Nameless’ lighter.

In the two months we were given to complete the task, I wasn’t going anywhere where there would be anyone… Continue reading

Gaz’s G.A.S.S. Adventures Part 1

I’m not the most spontaneous person. I’m quite ordered in what I do and love making plans – and sticking to them. That’s not to say I don’t like having fun and doing daft shit. 2014 brought with it a wealth of opportunities to do daft shit in abundance; for Ginger Wildheart introduced his online fan club, G.A.S.S. (Ginger Associated Secret Society).

For the measly sum of £30, every month – from 1st May 2014 to 1st April 2015 – we were blessed with: 3 spanking new songs, diary entries, demos, videos, a Q&A section and podcast. Of course it… Continue reading

The Wildhearts Online Community

Before the internet became such a dominant presence in the way Wildhearts fans were to keep in touch and share information, I guess fanzines were king. This all changed on 6 February ’96 when Tara Wilcock (the creator of the first Wildhearts fanzine Ginger Nuts!) set up the unofficial discussion group THE WiLDHEARTS MAiLiNG LiST.

As well as general chat on The Wildhearts, related bands and organisation of meetups for gigs there were many heart-warming occurrences that took place. As featured in Zealot, the listees clubbed together to fly Damo over from OZ; recorded a  retooled version of ‘29 x… Continue reading

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