RIP Rowland S Howard

Former Birthday Party guitarist Rowland S Howard has passed away after struggling with liver cancer. A towering influence in Australian post punk, Rowland’s guitar technique – a meld of Morricone twang, blues slide and cauterising feedback – marked him out as a true original. Although best known for his work alongside Nick Cave in the Birthday Party, Rowland also make great work with Crime And The City Solution, Nikki Sudden, Jeremy Gluck, Lydia Lunch and These Immortal Souls, and had just released his second solo album Pop Crimes at the time of his death. So long soldier.

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MICK COCKS-ROSE TATTOO DIES

Rose Tattoo has lost their 4th member in 4 years. Rhythm guitarist Mick Cocks has died from liver cancer after being diagnosed in April this year. He died on Dec 22nd.

Micks Cocks was a founding member for Rose Tattoo. He formed the band in 1976 with the late Pete Wells, who had recently left Buffalo. Ian Rilen, also now deceased was the bass guitarist.

At one stage in 1981, the band also featured guitar legend Lobby Loyde, who died of cancer in 2007.

Rose Tattoo are one of Australians greatest ever bands. They inspired Guns N Roses, who recorded a cover of their song ‘Nice Boys’ on ‘G N’ R Lies’.

The bands hits include ‘Bad Boy For Love’, ‘We Can’t Be Beaten’ and ‘One of the Boys’.

Mick was also a former member of Heaven and one-time member of Ted Mulry Gang.

Vive Le Punk sends our condolensces to Micks family and Rose Tattoo.

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VICE SQUAD XMAS EP

HELOOO…. WISHING YOU ALL A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON.. A BIG hello to our FANS FRIENDS worldwide.

VICE SQUAD WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL a fantastic holiday season and an EXCELLENT NEW YEAR. *********VICE SQUAD XMAS EP available as Limited Edition CD**** As many of you visitors to myspace will know we have recorded our own irreverent version of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"… We twisted it around a bit, had some fun and have entitled it "SANTA CLAWS…." 

Due to the many fans collectors requests we have made the Xmas EP "Bah Humbug" available as a LIMITED EDITION CD. Click to buy now http://www.vicesquad.co.uk/vicesquadshop/xmasep.html

This EP has been specially produced and mastered for Vice Squad by DIY Punk manufacturers PUNKWEED and is individually numbered and strictly limited to 50. People wanting the digital version can get details on how to grab a copy INSTANTLY below….. 
We hope you support our efforts and buy the ‘uncensored version’ which is bundled with the censored Santa Claws, an edited "Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down" and "Story Of My Life" ( Darkly grim Christmas Tune ). 

Get the 4 track Vice Squad EP entitled "BAH HUMBUG" for just £2.49. CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW http://indiestore.7digital.com/vicesquad/albums/
This is an instant download EP that can be purchased with PayPal or Credit card from anywhere in the world.

We have updated our main info web site and included a couple of new interviews that were conducted several weeks ago by various fanzines. Please click here to read them.http://www.vicesquad.co.uk/interviews.html

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TAKE CARE – HAVE A HEALTHY 2010
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STRUMMERVILLE ALBUM LINEUP

The tracklisting for  tribute album for STRUMMERVILLE ‘Winter Sessions Showcase Album 2009’ is:

Ginga – ‘Fashion’
The Riff Raff – ‘Changes Everything’
Nimmo & The Gauntletts – ‘Star Crossed’
Panama Kings – ‘Mobilise The Kids’
Internet Forever – ‘Pages Of Books’
Skylarkers – ‘Crumble Town’
Smokey Angle Shades – ‘Comedienne’
The Musical Differences – ‘Rocking The Subway’
My Second Head – ‘Born Bad Too’
Thomas J Speight – ‘This House’
Beans On Toast – ‘Christmas At Tescos’

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4 FREE GIFTS WITH BIG CHEESE

Our Biggest New Year Offer! Subscribe this month and get 4 FREE Gifts- BILLY TALENT’S ‘III’ ALBUM – SIDE ONE DUMMY 10 TRACK SAMPLER CD – MR. LACY GLOW IN THE DARK SHOELACES – GIANT GREEN DAY/PARAMORE & BEST OF ’09 POSTER MAG A TOTAL PACKAGE WORTH OVER £15 FREE! all at www.bigcheesemagazine.com

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas from Vive Le Punk. We hope you have a real cool yule and a drunken new year. We will still be posting news over the holidays so stay tuned. And thanks to everyone for their support this year!!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas from Vive Le Punk. We hope you have a real cool yule and a drunken new year. We will still be posting news over the holidays so stay tuned. And thanks to everyone for their support this year!!

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KILLING JOKE IN STUDIO

Vive Le Punk spent yesterday in the studio with Killing Joke listening to the new Joke album. The 4 songs we heard were huge and still mark a great step forward for the band combining classic KJ, tripped out Can style rock and big blasts of full on metal. 17 songs have been recorded -and the album will be released in April when the band will tour the UK. We hung out with Jaz and Youth-who is producing the album at his house in Wandsworth. Look out ffor more on the album and an exclusive interview in the Jan 28th issue of Big Cheese magazine.

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BIG CHEESE XMAS SUBS OFFER-2 FREE CDS!

Give a subscription as a Christmas Gift to the Biggest ever issue of Big Cheese magazine-the 2009 Yearbook,  and get 2 Free cds and a Giant poster mag!

*BILLY TALENTS 111 ALBUM

*A SIDE ONE DUMMY CD SAMPLER

*GIANT GREENDAY/PARAMORE/STARS OF 09′ POSTER MAG

And save£13 off newstand price and get it sent straight to your door each month.

Subscribe and give the PERFECT XMAS gift at www.bigcheesemagazine.com

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URBAN VOODOO NEW YEARS EVE

Londons best new band The Urban Voodoo Machine host their New Years eve party at their Gypsy Hotel Club, Thurs 31st Dec, Bardens Budoir, 36 Stoke Newington rd, N16. With a host of supports and burlesque acts-you gotta see the new year in with the Voodoo Machine!!

www.theurbanvoodoomachine.com

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JOE STRUMMER R.I.P TODAY

Joe Strummer † Dec. 22, 2002

 

Joe Strummer

Died Dec. 22, 2002 (aged 50)

Joe Strummer † Dec. 22, 2002

Today is the anniversary of Joe Strummers death in 2002. He was a pioneer, a punk rock warlord. He will never be forgotten. Vive Joe!!!

Birth name
John Graham Mellor

Born
 Aug. 21, 1952
Ankara, Turkey

Died
 Dec. 22, 2002
Broomfield, Somerset, England

Cause of Death
Strummer died in his home at Broomfield in Somerset, the victim of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.

Other  Bands
101ers (Guitar/Vocals)
Clash (Guitar/Vocals)
Latino Rockabilly War (Vocals)
Mescaleros (Guitar/Vocals)
Pogues (Vocals)

Biography
Joe Strummer was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead singer of the English punk rock band The Clash. He was also a member of the The Mescaleros and (temporarily) The Pogues.

www.strummerville.com
www.theclash.com

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FAT MIKES TOP 10 OF 2009

NOFX’s

Fat Mike

Top ten 2009

The Spits new album

Last Nine Inch Nails show at the Wiltern

BYO documentary- “Let Them Know”

Rudimentary Peni – No More Pain

Punk Parties at Servitus LA

Tony Sly – 12 song program

Bad Religion/NOFX Australian Tour 2009

Mediocre Golf Association

500 Days of Summer

Snuff live / Pour Habit live

Fat Wrecktrospective Disc Two

 
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RUNAWAYS MOVIE TRAILER

The trailer for the upcoming film about pioneering female punks, The Runaways, has been posted. The film stars Twilight star Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie. The trailer also includes the film recording of the Runaways’ first single, "Cherry Bomb." The film itself will feature The Living Things filling in for the Ramones as well.
Click below to watch the trailer-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYPoIs04IzY&feature=player_embedded

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BIG CHEESE 2009 YEARBOOK OUT NOW!!

Big Cheese magazines’ 2009 Yearbook is out now!!

Featuring the year in punk, rock and metal!!

With a Giant Greenday/paramore poster plus a 15 track Best of 09 cd!!!

 

Its our biggest issue ever!!

 

Get it at WH Smiths, good newsagents or buy online at www.bigcheesemagazine.com

 

merry christmas!!!

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P.I.L LIVE REVIEW

 Public Image Ltd live at the o2 Arena Glasgow 18-12-09       ³This is Public Image Ltd here for your enjoyment, proper music for proper people, this will be a very long show.²   ³This is the band that taught all those second-rate wankers how to play music. I apologize² Says John   And they are straight into ³Public Image² which is great but he seems to be having technical difficulties and stops afterwards to get it sorted out. Followed by ³Careers² and ³This is Not a Love Song² two of their most popular songs played this early was a brave move I thought.   The night consists of most of the ŒMetal Box¹ and first issue albums being played, with various songs from the PIL repertoire. In-between songs there is the anti-politics ranting ³We are all one nation, one race, it is the politicians that should fuck off² especially during ³Religion² and ³USLS1² the song about the ill fated Lockerbie flight which Lydon and his wife had been booked on.   John cavorts about pulling faces like only he can, talking to the audience telling them to give no compliments just boo me, so they do, a huge grin appears on his face.   He goes off for a quick smoke leaving the crowd waiting for the encores and it is worth the wait as ³Rise² starts and the whole venue sings along at the top of their voices, followed by ³Open Up² ­ John¹s collaboration with Leftfield which has the whole venue dancing.   Afterwards he came out to sign autographs, talk, and enjoy himself with his fans.   The first time PIL have played in 19 years is over and boy was it worth the wait. The Sex Pistols re-union seemed to be about money, whereas PIL always had Johnny¹s heart. He seems more content with his self and more at home doing music that was his love and able to express himself more. In interviews about PIL you can see a definitely relaxed John speaking more about a loved one than a band.   In a year of reunions we have had two of the best - The Specials and now P.I.L. Who¹s next?!   Dod Morrison   www.myspace.com/dmphotographyaberdeen <http://www.myspace.com/dmphotographyaberdeen> 
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FREE VIV SLITS!

 Hi all, two Christmas presents follow in the shape of ex-Slits guitarist Viv Albertine¹s new Xmas song, plus for those of you not already shaken by its melancholy brilliance,  the debut album from Mat Riviere, 'Follow Your Heart' and some utterly ace remixes of his single FHY. Download and cherish them over the festive period. Merry Yuletide, Duncan Clark  Viv Albertine joins up with experimental mind-benders Braindead Collective and Snowflakes (Zoë Street-Howe) to record the Viv's enchanting (free) Christmas song, 'When it Was Nice': http://www.vivalbertine.com/ (hit the news tab) 
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