The Hates Pen a Uniquely Punk Ode to Houston

They still talk 'bout West Fest all way to Katy Cruising down by Numbers weekends in the '80s I'm not talking 'bout New York, London, Paris or Rome The greatest city in the world is Houston home sweet home

It's been a very productive year for Houston's own The Hates. Just months after receiving People's Temple in the mail, we're already getting MP3s for the next album Shank. First among those was "Houston," a long-overdue pun- rock celebration of the city that has been home to Christian Kidd and his band for more than 30 years of solid Oi!

Rocks Off recently had a chance to do a little back and forth with Kidd over the track. Hasta el jumpo for a brief interview.


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Rocks Off: Do I detect that rockabilly thing people are always trying to get you to do in the track?

Christian Kidd: It wasn't intentional. I'd been writing songs for the last couple of months, and I was at a point where I realized that the last three things I'd written were dark and brooding. For the sake of variety, I wanted to write something lighter.

Besides, ever since we'd won that contest at Cactus with our cover of Dean Martin's "Houston," my wife had been nagging me to write my own song about this town. It was only after I'd finished it that I realized that it could've been at home in a country western song. Especially the solo.

RO: Why have you always stayed here in Houston? You could've been big anywhere.

CK: Many reasons. Houston has always been good to me, and I really can't imagine living anywhere else. I first started getting serious about music here, and in its own way this town has always nurtured my creativity. From mohawk to guitar to every scooter I've ever had, I always get so much support from the people who live here.

Also, just about everywhere I go there are memories of my mother, who brought me here when I was young. She loved this town and instilled that love in me. Not to mention that my wife and I have made our home in the heart of the Montrose. There's not a cooler neighborhood anywhere. The Heights makes a close second, though.


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