He finally succumbed to the Covid that he had been fighting in hospital for the last couple if weeks. The charismatic singer wore his heart on his sleeve and his band dotted punks second wave with a series of classic singles. With a combination of terrace anthems, a genuine raucous spirt, street politics and an unexpected pop nous their music stood out in punk’s second phase.
Mensi had the conviction and the charisma and a genuine heart that made him a great on stage presence but also a total diamond off stage. I have many memories of great gigs but also a totally warm and kind hearted person who was a joy to share festival stage with and helped to contribute to his folk hero status.