Listen to agreat new GBH song- Kids Get Down at www.myspace.com/gbh. its from their april Hellcat records debut.
SICK OF IT ALL NEW ALBUM DUE FOR RELEASE MID APRIL THROUGH CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. ------ End of Forwarded Message Sick Of It All will be headlining a few shows in between the AFI dates, see below for details. The band are now available for phone and email interviews. Our press day will be held in London on 6 APRIL should you need some interview/photo session or any radio time please contact us asap! SICK OF IT ALL are based in New York City! Sick of it all with AFI *headline shows *03 APR Plymouth White Rabbit (headline) *04 APR Bristol Croft (headline) - SOLD OUT 05-Apr Nottingham Rock City 06-Apr London Brixton O2 Academy *07-Apr Norwich Marquee (headline) 08-Apr Glasgow ABC 09-Apr Manchester Academy *10-Apr Tunbridge Wells Forum (headline) 11-Apr Newcastle O2 Academy 12-Apr Birmingham O2 Academy
Steve Ignorant Presents The Last Supper Crass Songs 1977 1982 Plus a few shocks, surprises, perhaps some slogans, but no tantrums and a bit of a laugh A once-only tour never to be repeated cross-our-hearts-and-hope-to-die Honest, guv. In 2007, Steve Ignorant gathered some friends together and put on two shows at Shepherd¹s Bush Empire in London. Called The Feeding Of 5000, the show was a celebration of the Crass album of the same name, which was performed in its entirety. It most certainly was not a Crass reunion, and never sought to be. The Last Supper This tour will answer the calls that have come from around the globe in response to the Shepherd¹s Bush gigs. Steve will be celebrating the period of Crass¹ work with which he feels most closely aligned the period when he feels the band were at their strongest, most productive and most hopeful. Steve will be performing with a full band as well as featuring Crass songs (plus a few other favourites) there will be some rather special visuals. Having started in London in 2007, this new EXPANDED show will now visit other parts of the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA before a FINALE in London in 2011. At which point the door will be firmly closed. (Steve has some other plans, don¹t you worryŠ) SEP 24 bristol academy SEP 25 birmingham academy OCT 1 manchester academy OCT 2 edinburgh liquid rooms Tickets available now from www.gigbox.co.uk <http://www.gigbox.co.uk/> and the usual suspects. !! end of Announcement !!
Big Cheese magazine is proud to annouce the launch of our German language edition from March 8th. This will be available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with all the usual great punk, metal and rock coverage. More details next week! In the meantime check out the cover of the new Big Cheese with Him on the cover. Its a Midnight music special with –
And the 40 Greatest Ghoulish anthems ever!!!!!!!!!!!
Pre order now at www.bigcheesemagazine.com
BRITISH PUNK PIONEERS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN APRIL After years of speculation, groundbreaking English hardcore band GBH has announced plans to release their eleventh studio album, Perfume and Piss, via Hellcat Records on April 5. There isn't a self-respecting gutter punk, hardcore kid or subcultural miscreant alive who hasn't seen the GBH logo emblazoned on the back of a leather jacket, a denim vest, or a torn-up t-shirt. And now the world will be slapped upside the head with another reminder as to exactly why GBH is so important, in the form of Perfume and Piss, the legendary and iconic punk band's first album for Hellcat Records. Barn-burning, fist-pumping, palace-gates-storming tracks like "Kids Get Down," "Cadillac One" and "This is Not the Real World" carry the torch forward with the band's trademark fury that is alternately nihilistic, optimistic, pessimistic, anarchist, violent, humorous and deadly serious all at once. Charged GBH have been a band for over 30 years and their longevity is a testament to their purity of sound and vision. Although, as vocalist and founding member Colin Abrahall tells it, there was never anything close to a "plan." "We didn't think it'd last a week when we first got together," he says, with a laugh. "None of us could really play our instruments or do our specific job within the band. We just kind of winged it for a while. If you were born the day we formed in 1979, you'd be a mature adult now!" Perfume and Piss is, in the band's own words, the "best album we've done in a long, long time." The album was created in fits and starts (two weeks on, two weeks off) which allowed them to fine-tune the material and compose a more complete feeling album. "We're really pleased with it," says Colin. "We've been on various dodgy labels in the past and ever since Hellcat first started, we've wanted to be associated with it," he remarks. "To actually sign with Hellcat is a dream come true for us." For more information please check: http://www.hell-cat.com/artists/artist/229/GBH http://www.myspace.com/gbh
"Due to public demand, we are pleased to announce a further cinema run of Oil City Confidential in central London. The Empire Leicester Square is now showing the film from Friday 19th February until Thursday 25th. Further screening information at www.oilcityconfidential.co.uk <http://www.oilcityconfidential.co.uk> " Cinema_Name Date Empire Leicester Square 19-25/02/2010 Aberystwth Arts Centre 03-04/03/2010 Pictureville Bradford (National Media Museum) 05/03/2010 Rio Dalston 06/03/2010 Pictureville Bradford (National Media Museum) 07-08/03/2010 Phoenix Arts Leicester 09-11/03/2010 Pictureville Bradford (National Media Museum) 11/03/2010 Pictureville Bradford (National Media Museum) 16-17/03/2010 Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) 19-21/03/2010 Glasgow Film Theatre 20/03/2010 Barn, Dartington 29/03/2010 Chapter, Cardiff 02-04/04/2010 Pictureville Bradford (National Media Museum) 11/04/2010 Pictureville Bradford (National Media Museum) 14/04/2010 Macrobert, Stirling 14/04/2010 Roses Tewkesbury 05/05/2010
I am delighted to announce The Jim Jones Revue's series of shows in Austin for SXSW. Highlights include The JJR's official SXSW showcase on Thursday 18 March with Kid Congo Powers and The Bellrays at Prague, the Mojo magazine party at The Mean Eyed Cat on Saturday 20 March and The Don't Mess With Texas Festival on Friday 19 March somewhere in a field on two blocks east of I-35 between 6 & 5 Street. See below for stage times and show details for all the six shows confirmed so far, I'll let you know when more shows are added.
Mick Green, lead guitarist for The Pirates, died on January 11 at age 65.
Green’s death was revealed on the guitarist’s website by his son, Brad.
No cause of death was given, but Green spent time in hospital last year with a suspected kidney problem. He also had a history of heart attacks – including one suffered on stage while on tour with Bryan Ferry in 1993.
Brad’s website message reads as follows:
“It is with the greatest of sorrow that I have to inform you all that my father, Mick Green, has passed away.
“My dad will be deeply missed by his family, friends and fans all around the world. He inspired and dazzled with his amazing talent and his sharp personality and wit. His spirit and his music will continue to live on through his music.
“Thank you all for your support and thoughts.”
Green joined his schoolfriends, bassist Johnny Spence and drummer Frank Farley, in The Pirates in 1962, just after the band scored a huge hit with Shakin’ All Over with Joe Moretti on lead guitar.
Green’s ability to play lead and rhythm guitar simultaneously influenced a number of British guitarists, including Pete Townshend of The Who.
It was during the 1970s that The Pirates came into their own as a live act and made a huge impact on the era’s flourishing pub-rock scene.
More recently, Green appeared on Sir Paul McCartney’s 1999 album Run Devil Run and Van Morrison’s 2008 album Keep It Simple.
Uriah Heep guitarist Mick Box named Green as a major influence in Classic Rock issue 136.
“As a youngster I first saw Mickey Green performing in a theatre in Leytonstone, East London. He had a beautiful Fender Telecaster and an air of confidence that really made an impression on me. Seeing him on stage was when I decided I wanted to be a guitarist myself.
“A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to meet Mickey at a festival in Scandinavia, and he was a complete gentleman as I retold the story of that first encounter that made such a big impression on my life.
“He was truly the guitarist of the manor in the East End of London, that’s for sure.”
Vive Le Punk has joined up with London Calling to start promoting club nights. Our first one is at the 12 Bar Club, Denmark St, WC2 on Sat 27th Feb.
LONDON original 77 punks
AND DIRTY UGLY PUNK MONKEYS 9Late set 11pm)
see you there!!!!!!!!
Hellcat power-pop punk rockers Orange announce single release and spring 2010 UK tour with Zebrahead and MC Lars. Straight out of LA and raring to go, Hellcat¹s ORANGE hit the UK¹s shores on a two week tour with pop punk favourites Zebrahead and MC Lars from March 16th. Touring material from their third album ŒPhoenix¹, the band will kick off proceedings in Southampton on March 16th and appear at several Academies on their route. In support of the tour, Orange will release the single ³Each Other², available through all digital outlets March 29th . The digital single will feature the title track ³Each Other² and ³Revolution² for a b-side. Available as iTunes exclusive will be the track ²She¹s 17². This is the first time that the band has appeared live in the UK, and front man Joe Dexter can¹t wait to get playing to the crowds. Talking of the tour, he said; "We¹ve been dying to tour England ever since we started the band and to come play for all the fantastic fans we have there. It¹s my home land and my favorite place on earth, well second to Disney Land. We¹re the best we have ever been live and we¹re ready to MELT SOME FACES! Dads - lock up your daughters 'cus we¹re coming. " The full UK tour is as follows: 16th March Talking Heads, Southampton 17th March Islington Academy, London 18th March Orange Box, Yeovil 19th March Club Revolution, Peterborough 20th March Chords, Poole 21st March Furnace, Swindon 22nd March Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd 23rd March Academy 2, Birmingham 24th March Waterfront, Norwich 25th March Roadmender, Northampton 26th March Academy 3, Manchester 27th March Academy 2, Newcastle 28th March Rock City, Nottingham 29th March Cathouse, Glasgow 30th March Cockpit, Leeds For full details on the tour and more information on Orange please visit www.myspace.com/orange <http://www.myspace.com/orange>
Last month we asked:
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE REFORM IN 2010?
ADAM & THE ANTS 37.7%
THE PROFESSIONALS 21%
GENERATION X 18.5%
THE JAM 17.4%
TALKING HEADS 5.4%
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We have a cycoriffic competition for you this month. Hardcore punk/thrash metal crossover veterans Suicidal Tendencies have a new DVD out (their first ever one!) featuring a live show from the Olympic Auditorium from 2005.
Released through Essential on March 8th, be in with a chance of getting your hands on one of a couple of copies of Suicidal’s ‘Live At The Olympic Auditorium’ that we have for prizes by answering this easy question:
Q: WHO IS THE FOUNDING MEMBER AND FRONTMAN OF SUICIDAL TENDENCIES?
Email your answer, name and address to email@example.com
999 @ Café Drummonds Aberdeen 19-02-10
999 ripped through their set. Kicking off with traditional opener Black Flowers For The Bride, the band quickly hit their stride and showed why, in their 34th (!) year, they’re still a top live act.
Despite being a wee, round guy these days, Nick Cash is still a great front man as he gurns and hams it up in front of the mic. They blaze through Inside Out with guitarist Guy Days going mad as he belts out the “Woah-o-oh” backing vocals. The first few times I saw 999 play he always came across as silent and moody onstage but the last couple of gigs he really seems to be having fun, using at various times a bottle and his mic stand to shred his strings. He’s the epitome of middle-aged cool in his black suit and is one of those guitarists who makes it look oh so effortless as he rips the lead lines from his instrument. In amongst the classics like Boys In The Gang and Don’t You Know I Need You, we get quite a few from recent album Death In Soho and they fit perfectly with the vintage material. The System and Gimme The World could have fitted just as easily onto their 1978 debut as they do on the current record. In particular, Last Breath sounds really good tonight, prompting an audience singalong on the chorus.
Big Arthur on the bass kicks off Feeling Alright With The Crew prompting a rush to the dancefloor as people recognise the old favourite. There are some really BIG guys moshing in there tonight so I’m staying clear My Diet Coke isn’t really a tipple conducive to punk rock dancing anyway. We get Hit Me and Titanic Reaction in quick succession keeping the high pace going. In fact, if I was going to have one we complaint (as I always usually do hehe), then it would be that they play their slower songs too fast. In particular, FAWT Crew and Emergency lose the slow burning air of menace that the records have when they’re played this quickly. It’s not all bad though, as the quicker pace gives Homicide a bit of extra zip and really gets the crowd going. Judging by the red and sweaty faces at the end of it, I’m surprised there hasn’t been a heart attack here tonight.
Words by New York Johnny
Photos by Dod
Since its beginning in the early eighties, the psychobilly scene has seen its peaks and troughs in the popularity stakes. Today it’s bigger than ever and it’s only in this recent boom that, in addition to new genres appearing within the medium, we’ve seen more and more ladies stepping up into the psychobilly spotlight. Traditionally a male dominated genre, in the last few years it’s become apparent that these madams of the macabre can rock harder than anyone with an X chromosome. So for now, as we hail the queens of the grave-rockin’ genres, lets say heave ho to the psychobillies and bring on those psychobellas!
1) POISON IVY
Along with her hubby the late Lux Interior, Poison Ivy led punk rock’s first invasion of the rockabilly genre back in the 70’s with her razor edge guitars and slapstick horror lyrics. An integral part of the original CBGB movement, THE CRAMPS were still a fully functioning band until February of this year when Lux unexpectedly passed away from heart troubles. While arguably never a true psychobilly band (although some argue they actually coined the term), The Cramps are a part of punk rock history and have served as a key influence to the many who would follow. For those reasons and more, Poison Ivy and her crew belong nowhere but the top of this list.
2) PATRICA DAY
Wife to a Nekroman and mother to one of Hellcat Record’s number one psychobilly bands, Day began her punk rock career with the now defunct Peanut Pump Gun before teaming up with the Nekromantix frontman to form HORRORPOPS. Exploding on to the punk rock scene with ‘Hell Yeah’ in 2004, the band were soon greeted with massive following; their surfer horrorbilly style introducing the genre to a new generation and showing that it’s okay to be both smokin’ hot and rock n’roll. Two albums later they’re still going strong and are one of the most popular bands on Tim Armstrong’s celebrated label.
3) SARAH SIN
Taking over vocal and guitar duties from her pregnant sister Hellcat back in 07, the beautiful blonde bombshell Sarah Sin soon became a permanent fixture of Ontario, Canada’s hellbilly bastions THE CREEPSHOW. Armed with a set of pipes that could charm a rampaging tiger and skin it in equal measure, Sarah quickly mastered the bone shakin’ tracks of ‘Sell Your Soul’ as if they were her own and has taken the band to new and terrifying places with last year’s follow up ‘Run For Your Life’. Catch them Vs Star Fucking Hipsters this August 6th at Camden Underworld’s Punk Marathon.
4) MAD MARGE
After raiding their Simpson’s collection for a name in 2004, the devilish Mad Marge and a group of likeminded Southern Californian musicians teamed together to banish their boredom and form a psychobilly collective known only as MAD MARGE & THE STONECUTTERS. With truly rockin’ tracks backed by sultry whip-crack vocals and double bass badunkadunks, The Stonecutters quickly found themselves gigging with veterans of the scene like Mad Sin and Demented Are Go before building up a cult underground following. A self-titled debut was destined to appear, followed by their ‘Liberated!’ sophomore in 2007 after a new deal with premier punk n’roll springboard People Like You Records.
5) MISS EVA VON SLUT
Part buxom burlesque queen, part punk rock super vixen: Miss Eva Von Slut heads America’s first all female psychobilly band THEE MERRY WIDOWS. Also fellow People Like You signers, these beautiful brawlers combine middle-finger salute punk rock, drawling oilslick rockabilly and Russ Meyer sex appeal in a tight little tattooed package. Rumbling onto the Cali scene with “Revenge Served Cold’ in 2006 and following up two years later with ‘The Devils Outlaws’, this year saw the band teaming up with our own psychobilly homeboys The Grit for a 7” split.
First album in 25 years from Leeds punk veterans.
Subtitled ‘When the punks go marching in volume 2’, in tribute to their debut album from back in 1982, the Wheels could always knock out a cracking sing-along chorus with ease and nothing’s changed. There’s a fierce punch to songs like opener ‘Fight The Enemy’ and ‘Nothing To Lose’, which Rancid would be proud of, but they also showcase a sensitive side on ‘Soldier’s Prayer’. Singer Shonna may now be in his forties but he doesn’t sound any less angry and the dual guitar attack gives him a perfect platform to show it. It’s a real achievement that ‘Skum’ fits in so snugly with today’s punk scene. Definitely worth that long wait.
Acca Dacca box set bonanza!
If you want AC/DC’s blood, well with ‘Backtracks’ you got it! The ultimate ‘DC box set experience, it features 3 CDs of live and studio rarities, a vinyl LP of studio collectibles, a coffee table book, plus a ton of memorabilia and fine art lithographs. Live tracks are included from 1977 (‘Dirty Deeds’) right through to a 2000 recording of ‘Safe In New York City’, while studio rarities include the seldom heard, early pop sounding ‘Fling Thing’. The DVD includes the previously released ‘Crown Jewels’ collection of promo videos through the years and a complete live show from Munich in 2003.
This is definitely the ‘DC’s dog’s bollocks and will be eagerly welcomed into any fan’s home this Christmas!
Eugene Big Cheese
LIFE GOES ON
(People Like You)
Clockwork punks still cutting it.
Ipswich outfit the Adicts formed in 1976, originally with unwise names like the Afterbirth and the Pinz, before releasing debut ‘Lunch With The Adicts’ EP in 1979. When the UK82 wave of punk came, the Adicts were more than ready for it, becoming one of its top acts, and the original line-up are still with us. ‘Life Goes On’, their latest studio album, throws up 13 playful, perfectly executed tracks of mostly glammy pop punk, but there are some surprises. ‘The Gangster’ is spookily brooding, while ‘Mr Hard’ is like something from the movie ‘Cabaret’. But don’t worry, the boys still punk-out on the likes of ‘The Full Circle’ and ‘Tuned In’.
VICTIM IN PAIN
Re-issued lost hardcore classic from one of NYHC’s finest.
Long since out of print, Agnostic Front’s classic debut album ‘Victim In Pain’ gets dusted down and revamped in time for its 25th anniversary. This is brutal, no-nonsense New York hardcore played the way it was meant to be. Classic tracks like ‘Your Mistake’ and ‘United And Strong’ still stand the test of time and, although the production has dated the venomous songs haven’t. Big up to Bridge Nine for making this available again with bonus tracks and a particularly lovely limited vinyl edition.
Finnish punk ‘n’ roll jokers.
Yes, you get exactly what you expect from a name like that. Unsurprisingly, Anal Thunder don’t take themselves too seriously and it’s too their credit. With 12 years, over 300 shows all over Europe and 6 releases under their belts, they’re writing exactly the kind of music that they want to, whether it’s the spoken word “fuck you!” of ‘The First Song Of The Album’, the raucous ‘Deaf Or Dumb?’ and ‘Freakshow’, the stupid Euro dance-mocking ‘Dance Motherfucker’ or the anthemic closer ‘Liquid Face Lift’. If you like Bowling For Soup and The Dwarves then check this out. It’s not big, it’s not clever but it’s damn fun.
PLEASE TAKE YOUR CASH
Image-conscious, eclectic punks.
Not to be confused with US Hardcore types Anti-Product, this London based bunch of nutters have been around since 2000, but ‘Please Take Your Cash’ is only their third full-length album. Not that they’ve been idle during that time, oh no. They’ve toured hard, racked up a slew of singles, EPs and DVDs, and generally put themselves about with a variety of increasingly bizarre publicity stunts. This is a strange mish-mash of punk, glam, pop and metal, with growly boy vocals and sometimes soaring, sometimes shrieking girl vocals, that somehow manages to sound futuristic and old-school at the same time. Plenty of terrific songs, too, like the Wildhearts-esque ‘Arms Around The World’ and anthemic ‘Best Day Of Your Life’.
DEAD TO ME
Hit and miss second album from San Francisco punks.
Three years back Dead To Me released the anthemic, gruff bu melodic debut ‘Cuban Ballerina’ and now they’re back and they’re quite a different beast. With vocalist/guitarist Jack Dalrymple taking a break from the band (he’s recently become a father), they recorded this record as a three-piece. With guitarist Nathan Grice joining vocalist/bassist Chicken on vocal duties, he adds a slightly cleaner, classic melodic punk sound to the likes of ‘Nuthin Runnin Through My Mind’. While ‘Fell Right In’ and ‘Modern Muse’ are rousing D4-esque sing-alongs and ‘X’ is a nice dub opener, there’s definite Clash worship here. The album sags and closer ‘Blue’ is pretty dull. It’s a decent record but not the triumphant return many were hoping for.
Reprobate rock ‘n’ roll in a Damned/Dead Boys mould.
A snot-nosed outburst of brothel-creepered punk from the unapologetically trashy DeRellas, ‘Hollywood Monsters’ is a B-flick take on the vintage punk sound, leaning heavily towards the amphetamine snarl of the Damned. In fact, Brian James might well check his pockets if he’s ever in earshot of some of these boys’ guitar licks, but there’s no harm in a bit of sincere flattery. The DeRellas are hardly rewriting the rulebook here, but in terms of sneering high powered riffery, these boys can certainly cook it up. The perfect soundtrack for a sweaty night in a hot basement, the DeRellas are proudly keeping it young, loud and snotty.
EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS
THE SINGLES COLLECTION
Pub/punk rock legends’ finest.
Never mind post-punk, the Hot Rods were pre-punk. Major players in the mid-‘70s pub rock scene, along with Dr Feelgood and Joe Strummer’s 101ers, they embraced punk when it came along and expanded their sound accordingly. ‘Get Out Of Denver’, recorded at the Marquee in London, gives a flavour of why they had such an excellent live reputation whilst the classic ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’, which broke the top 10 in 1977, highlights them at their peak. The later singles suggest it was the right time to call it a day in 1981. A great introduction to the band (who are touring and recording again) or a worthy addition to the collection.
B-SIDES & RARITIES 1994-2005
(People Like You)
The second most famous rock ‘n’ roll act from Norway to the mighty Turbonegro, Gluecifer trailblazed their brand of no frills rock from 1994 until splitting in 2005. Not a million miles away from Scandinavian neighbours the Hellacopters, their early releases were also on the White Jazz label. And now, as a bit of a late swan song, we get their 18 song b-sides and rarities from PLY. Kicking off with the total riff-o-rama of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’, Gluecifer never reinvented anything, but they played with such full-on conviction, attitude and power it’s impossible not to come along for the ride.The likes of ‘Shitty City’ and a revved-up version of Cheap Trick’s ‘Surrender’ show that the band were far from done upon their split. I for one will miss ’em.
Eugene Big Cheese
THE JIM JONES REVUE
HERE TO SAVE YOUR SOUL
(Punk Rock Blues)
Stompin’ singles comp from Jim Jones’ rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse.
If we’re in any danger of disconnection with rock ‘n’ roll’s primal essence, it’s up to the likes of the Jim Jones Revue to put that right. This 8-track round-up of the Revue’s singles so far is a succinct reminder of rock ‘n’ roll’s true purpose – staying up late and behaving disgracefully. Infused with the no-half-measures conviction of Jerry Lee Lewis and James Brown, ‘Here To Save Your Soul’ comes lurching at you red-eyed from some Soho doorway and breathes bourbon fumes in your face. It’s not pretty, but by God it’s necessary.
NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM
(12 Step Plan)
Fresh skacore from the seaside.
This seven-piece skacore/punk band from Brighton unveils this ripping debut EP, mixed and mastered by legendary producer Dave Chang, who has worked with the likes of Capdown and Lightyear. And it’s a stunner. Opener ‘Scream Your Dreams’ demonstrates the skills of each member in the band beautifully, including funky saxophone and trumpet solos. Their upbeat skacore is dynamic and socially aware but, but perhaps more importantly, fun and different. ‘Novus Ordo Seclorum’ is thoroughly enjoyable to listen to and certainly far more than junk. In fact, this could be the start of something very special. Check out a track on this month’s Big Cheese covermount CD.
TOTAL MADNESS –THE VERY BEST OF MADNESS
All the singles. All the videos. 100% Madness.
It’s hardly surprising that with the commendable success of ‘The Liberty Of Norton Folgate’ (which reached #5 in the charts back in May), ‘80s ska giants Madness would quickly follow up with a ‘best of’ compilation. Spanning the band’s entire 33 year career, the album features all of the single releases, from playlist toppers like ‘One Step Beyond’ and ‘Baggy Trousers’, to tracks like ‘Bed And Breakfast Man’ and ‘My Girl’ that you’ll forget you forgot. But I don’t need to sell Madness here: you’ll either be a lover or hater. Perhaps the accompanying bonus videography will tip the scale a little.
MISSION OF BURMA
THE SOUND THE SPEED THE LIGHT
Legendary alt-rockers return.
There can be no doubting the influence that this band has had on the world of alternative rock since the heady early ‘80s post-punk days. Their varied material and intense live shows have always helped them stand out in a crowded field. We have seen many a band from that era become irrelevant or just run out of creative steam. No such problems for MOB who still sound as exhilarating and vital as ever. Again plotting a somewhat chaotic course through the more experimental end of alt-rock here, we wouldn’t want it any other way. A genuine artistic triumph.
A BOY IN A MAN’S WORLD/ NOW
Frat boy punk rock re-issue that certainly shows its age.
Considering the most interesting thing about Mucky Pup was that their guitarist Dan Nastasi went on to play in mid-‘90s rap-hardcore outfit Dog Eat Dog, it’s a bit of a surprise to find the band’s first two albums, from 1989 and 1990, being given a re-release. Even though they’ve joined the seemingly endless list of hardcore bands going on reunion tours, there’s still not much here to make ‘A Boy In A Man’s World’ and ‘Now’ worthy of your attention. Both records are characterised by puerile lyrics and knock-about punk-funk-thrash, sounding not unlike a Beastie Boys-meets-Fishbone mess. Even more underwhelming in 2009 than they were first time around.
COKIE THE CLOWN
The punk rock jokers return with a 5-track EP.
Featuring 5 songs recorded during the ‘Coaster’ sessions but didn’t make the record “cuz they were too good!”, these tracks as always combine NOFX’s sense of humour with their ability to write driving melodic punk tunes. ‘Cokie The Clown’ is the best track here, a fast-paced song with both Eric Melvin and Fat Mike singing and lyrics about a drug-obsessed clown, portrayed by Fat Mike on the cover. It’s surprisingly varied, with pop punk (‘Straight Outta Massachusetts’), fast and dark skate punk (‘Codependence Day’) and an emotional and surprisingly sincere acoustic version of ‘Coaster’ album track ‘My Orphan Year’. This EP (also available as two 7”s) is another reminder of why these veterans are still going strong.
A refreshing slice of nostalgia from Stock melodic punks.
Forming in Barlaston, near Stock, in 1990, Reverse split in 1997, leaving behind a musical legacy that sounds as fresh and inspiring today as it did twelve years ago. Containing elements of Snuff, China Drum and a touch of Leatherface (the band would even record a session with Frankie Stubbs shortly before breaking up), the likes of ‘Two Rooms One Door’ and ‘Stem The Slide’ are rich with melody and emotion, straddling the fine line between tuneful and gruff. Fronted by Nick Sharratt, the man himself has provided Damaged Goods with a full history of the band that helps make up the ‘Glance Sideways’ package along with unseen photos and a complete discography. A nice package for an unsung band that are well worthy of your time even now.
TRAPPED IN A SCENE: UK HARDCORE 1985 – 1989
The volatile and varied UKHC sound documented.
Influenced by everything from the UK82 sound, the DIY anarch punk movement and the thrash/hardcore punk crossover scene, the UK hardcore scene of the ‘80s was an incredibly varied melting pot of energetic and raging bands. This excellent compilation from Cherry Red throws together 31 bands from some of the scene’s finest and most definitive acts (with a mix of classic and obscure songs), including the seminal Napalm Death, Nottingham’s Heresy, melodic hardcore sound of The Stupids, Extreme Noise Terror, Long Cold Stare, Paranoid Visions and many more. This is an exhilarating compilation capturing the sounds of a vibrant underground.
UNDER THE RADAR
1976 punk legends still buzzin’.
Showing no signs of running out of batteries, 1976 100 Club punk legends the Vibrators release their 18th studio album just in time to tour the UK and Europe. The 14 songs contained on ‘Under the Radar’ prove there’s plenty of life in the band yet. From the zombie-loving garage stomp of ‘We’re The Dead’ through to the classic ‘77 sounding punk of ‘Darkness Before Dawn’ and ‘Nightmare Town’, original members Knox and Eddie, plus bassist Pete and former Members guitarist Nigel have released an album every bit worthy of the band’s 33 year legacy. In fact, the searing guitar of the former Members, um, member on ‘Under the Radar’ really adds to the album’s urgency and, with an overall ‘60s feel, it looks like the Vibrators still mean business.
Eugene Big Cheese
LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE LONDON 2008
CD/DVD document of Poly Styrene’s long-awaited return to the stage.
We’re currently spoiled for choice with punk reunions but the unexpected reactivation of the ‘Spex last year was particularly poignant. While illness and paranoia might have contributed to the band’s implosion back in 1979, the Roundhouse show seems to have proved a happy occasion – a relaxed and smiling Poly Styrene leading her band through an extensive chunk of their catalogue. The savvy humour of tracks like ‘Oh Bondage Up Yours’ and ‘The Day The World Turned Dayglo’ still burns brightly. A brace of rare numbers along with the inclusion of a quality DVD of the show makes for a doubly desirable package.
A LIFE OF VICE!
Vice Squad formed in 1978 in Bristol, England. Vocalist Beki Bondage Beki Bondage has been with the band since their original line-up. She is often cited as being the first punk pin-up featured on the front cover of a number of influential music tabloids such as Melody Maker and NME.
They currently have a new album out called ‘London Underground’. They write, record and manufacture their own records independently.
Dod – Did you listen to punk before you started Vice Squad?
Beki –Yes I was obsessed with music as are a lot of kids at that age. I used to listen to ‘Penetration’ and ‘X-Ray Spex’ as I liked the voices.
Dod- How did the name Vice Squad come about?
Beki –I just thought of it after we’d formed the band, it seemed slightly risqué and I liked the ‘squad’ part as it sounded like a group of soldiers (or Punk Rock Terrorists!)
and the other band members all liked it so it stuck.
Dod – Was it hard being a woman in the music business when you started?
Beki – It was harder in some ways but it could be argued that we got press attention more easily because we had a female singer at a time when female singers were a lot rarer than male singers.
Dod- Who influenced and made you want to take up the guitar and sing?
Beki –I sang from a very early age, I was in a primary school band at age 9, so I was on the road to ruin pretty early on. Slade, Sweet, Suzy Quatro, Marc Bolan etc were bands I saw on Top of the Pops as a kid so they must have had an influence on me. I’ve always had a thing for men in make-up and Kaizer Bill helmets so that 70’s glam thing has a lot to answer for! I was fascinated by the sound of electric guitars even as a toddler so it’s no surprise that I ended up in a band.
Dod- How much do you think the punk scene has changed in the last 30 years?
Beki –Punk’s influence can be seen everywhere, its impact is huge, whereas years ago it was seen as a youth cult that would fade away. I have a theory that everything connected with Rock and Roll will be around as long as the human race because it cannot be surpassed, hence a new generation of kids are into punk, not just the music and clothes but the politics as well. The scene is more open than it was at the beginning, when it was very elitist, and now we have people of all ages into it so it’s quite unifying.
Dod- What originally attracted you to the music scene?
Beki –The music itself and all the characters involved with it. I never liked main stream music and it’s followers very much, I always wanted something other than a boring job and marriage. It was also less sexist than the mainstream, which seemed to be all about trying to snare some smelly, spotty herbert and breed. I was more into under age drinking, seeing live bands and wearing ‘strange’ clothes.
Dod – How long Has the current line up been together?
Beki – Paul the guitarist has been with me for over 20 years and Tone the drummer was with us for seven years then left, but now he’s back with us. Bassist Wayne has been with us about 18 months, he joined after long time bassist Mildred moved to Brazil to have his sex change operation.
Dod – Who writes the songs?
Beki -Paul and me. We’ve been writing a long time and came up with some great stuff for our latest album ‘London Underground’. Basically we shelved the previous album and started from scratch under pretty bad circumstances, circumstances where most people would have just given up and quit music.
Dod- What’s your favourite Vice Squad song to play?
Beki –At the moment it’s ‘Ordinary Girl’.
Dod – Are you still fans and of who?
Beki -I’m still in awe of amazing singers and guitarists, but with other bands of our ilk it’s more like mutual respect and understanding than being a fan.
Dod – Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
Beki -Shepherds Bush Empire is a great venue as is the Key Club in Hollywood, and we like smaller venues like the Thatched House in Stockport. Cbgbs has the worst toilet facilities.
Dod – What’s your coolest band story?
Beki –I don’t have any cool stories, all my stories are about defecating drummers, projectile-vomiting drummers, pissing-in-corridors drummers etc etc.
Dod – What do you think about downloading music online?
Beki –Well it’s destroyed large parts of the music industry which is good as a lot of it was shite, but it’s also damaged hard working musicians and songwriters which is not good. Unfortunately now the music industry has found new ways of hyping it’s manufactured product so the usual suspects are finding a way to cash in, they always do!
Dod – What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
Beki – We write, record and manufacture our own records so I don’t feel we’re a part of the record industry as we’re completely independent. There are no big bucks in it for bands any more, in fact record companies now offer what they call ‘360 degree’ deals, where they get a chunk of the band’s merchandise and performance money. So all these manufactured bands are basically slaves to their labels. I’d rather be poor but free!!!
Dod – What makes a good crowd?
Beki -A collection of enthusiastic nutters.
Dod- what music do you listen to chill out?
Beki JS Bach.
Dod- Finally any last thoughts?
Beki -Yes, please visit our website at www.vicesquad.co.uk <http://www.vicesquad.co.uk/> , and support truly independent Punk Rock and buy our new album ‘London Underground’.
ENGLAND’S UNSUNG ‘GODFATHER OF PUNK’
Whilst the majority of UK acts borne out of the ’76 punk explosion cited stateside acts like MC5, New York Dolls and The Stooges as the reason they started out there’s also blame to be levelled much closer to home.
Sheffield’s staging of The Clash’s live debut is normally the only thing documented about the city’s contribution to the early punk scene but the city actually made a far greater contribution in a story that’s regularly overlooked.
If it wasn’t for the attitude, songs and stage show of former coke oven worker Dave Holgate Grundy punk rock history could have been very different.
Changing his name to Dave Berry (after his hero Chuck Berry), he had his first hit in October 1963 with ‘Memphis Tennessee’.
But often more striking than his music was his attitude and knack of trying to hide himself beside a prop.
Dressed all in black, he’d regularly hide behind the upturned collar of his leather jacket and was a big fan of wrapping himself around his microphone lead – a stage act totally at odds with bands like The Beatles, The Shadows and the Dave Clark Five with whom he was sharing the charts.
He had a string of top twenty hits between 1963 and 1966 – his most well known being ‘The Crying Game’ that reached the No 5 spot in July 1964.
But bizarrely, over 10 years later, it was the ‘b’ side, ‘Don’t Gimme No Lip Child’ that came to real world-wide prominence when it was covered by the Sex Pistols and appeared on The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle album.
His unconventional stage presence was years ahead of its time and the Pistols quickly acknowledged him as an inspiration.
And word soon spread.
The whole thing became a bit of a shock to Dave Berry who was, at that point, performing on the cabaret circuit.
He said: "One evening at a rock venue in London I was astonished to notice some very odd looking characters at the front of the stage. The punk era had arrived and although I was delighted to see some of them enjoying my show, I couldn’t quite work out what the attraction was for them. My road manager ushered them to my dressing room, saying they wanted to meet me, and my question to them was straight to the point: ‘What are you doing here?’"
They said they were Pistols fans and wanted to check out the man whose songs they were covering.
Adam Ant was that much in awe he invited Dave Berry to support him at key shows, including London’s Lyceum.
"The reviews I received were very special indeed and my daughter Tania couldn’t believe it when I took her along to meet Adam", he said.
You had to give him credit – even the gobbing didn’t bother him, he revelled in it.
"I received my punk badge of honour when the audience spat at me on stage!"
Siouxsie and the Banshees were also fans and The Monochrome Set were regularly performing another Berry hit – ‘Little Things’; the tabloid press regularly referred to him as the ‘godfather of punk’.
One thing many of the ’76 punk bands don’t have is Dave Berry’s staying power – he’s still gigging today and is about to set off on a 25 date UK tour.
His autobiography (Dave Berry – All There Is To Know) has also just been released by Heron Publications.
More info: www.cryinggame.co.uk
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