NEW-NEW YORK DOLLS

The New York Dolls and legendary record producer Todd Rundgren have been reunited for the first time in 36 years.  Rundgren will produce the Dolls’ new album at his studio on the island of Kauai.  Production is scheduled to start in January 2009.

This is the first time in 36 years since Rundgren originally produced the New York Dolls eponymous debut album "The New York Dolls" which included the classic songs "Personality Crisis", "Trash", "Jet Boy" and "Private World". Rundgren will be reunited with original Dolls founding members, David Johansen (vocals) and Sylvain Sylvain (guitar, vocals).
 
"We’re really excited to be working with Todd again," says David Johansen. “We’re hoping to recapture the same magic on the forthcoming album."
 
The album, which is yet untitled, will be released on the Atco label through Warner Brothers.  The Atco label has been specially re-launched.  The New York Dolls are one of the first signings to the label.  The Dolls will follow the release of the new album with a world tour in 2009.

Click here for the full story and brand new photo of the NY Dolls reunited with Rundgren – http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/todd_rundgren/toddrundgren.htm

Rundgren is currently touring Europe with his new album "Arena", and will play Norwich Waterfront (Saturday November 22) and London Kentish Town Forum (Sunday November 23).

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POGUES EXTRA SHOW/URBAN VOODOO

 

 

The Pogues have added an extra date at Brixton Academy to their December
UK tour. They now finish off on Saturday 20th December – now isn’t that
the best way to get into the Christmas spirit?
And they are supported on most dates by Londons premier booze n’ rock n’ roll vagabonds The Urban Voodoo Machine. Be sure to get there early to catch them.
 

The Pogues – December 08

Sun 07            Glasgow Carling Academy
Tue 09            Leeds Academy                               
Thu 11            Newcastle Carling Academy          
Fri 12              Sheffield Carling Academy
Sat 13             Manchester Men Arena                   
Mon 15           Birmingham Carling Academy       
Tue 16            Bristol Carling Academy                 
Thu 18            London Brixton Carling Academy  
Fri 19              London Brixton Carling Academy  

Sat 20            London Brixton Carling Academy        

 

 
 

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KILLING JOKE London, October 3rd & 4th 2008

KILLING JOKE
LONDON FORUM
OCT 3rd & 4th
5/5
Following the tragic and sudden death of Paul Raven this year, Killing Joke announced it would tour again in his honour-and tonight they are playing their first 2 albums ‘Killing Joke’ and ‘Whats this For?’ on the first night followed by their dance/techno influenced era ‘Pandemonium’ album With screens blasting out old KJ images and their famous Jester icon the ram-packed Forum is treated to Killing Jokes ground breaking grinding punk, dub and industrial. With the original line-up including Youth and Big Paul, this is the real deal and over these 2 nights the band proved why they are such an influential part of so many scenes. From the Likes of ‘Fall of Because’ ‘Eighties’ and the always haunting ‘Requiem’ through to the pulsating and rocked out ‘Pandemonium’, KJ pushed the boundaries in a fitting reminder of what a powerful force they have been over the last 30 years. And while dedicating ‘Love Like Blood’ to Paul Raven, it was a very special night in the band’s history. Monumental!
Eugene Big Cheese
 

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CRO MAGS LIVE AGAIN

 

New York hardcore legend John Joseph recently toured Europe with this Cro Mags jam band. Big Cheeses Rei Nishimoto caught them in .LA.

CRO MAGS JAM
The Nike Theatre
Los Angeles, California

5/5
Original Cro Mags vocalist John Joseph made his long awaited West Coast appearance with his all-star CRO MAGS JAM band at the ‘Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History Of American Hardcore’ book release show. A packed room eagerly awaited the appearance of the tattooed frontman to throw down the old school hardcore jams, and he, along with the band, definitely did. The band, featuring guitarist A.J. Novello (Leeway), drummer Mackie Jayson (Bad Brains, Hazen Street, Madball, Cro-Mags), and bassist Craig Away (Sick Of It All) delivered the goods, punching away at all of the classic tunes and keeping the crowd moving throughout their set. Joseph introduced many of their long-time friends in the crowd, including Lord Ezec (Skarhead/Danny Diablo) and Toby Morse (H20), dedicating songs to them and speaking about the positive message behind hardcore. They played many favourites including ‘We Gotta Know,’ ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ and ‘Hard Times’, with Morse and friends joining in the fun. Showing that despite the drama behind some of the members’ relations, the Cro Mags were definitely a huge part of shaping hardcore and heavy music in today’s scene, nobody should ignore this.
Rei Nishimoto     
 

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JIMMY PURSEY MISSES THE JUNGLE

Sham 69 legend Jimmy Pursey was allegedley all set to join the I’m A Celebrity cast in Australia, until he had a sudden change of heart. Producers were keen for him to follow in Sex Pistol John Lydons’ foot prints and cause a bit of chaos, but Jimmy had other plans and did a bunk!! Im A Celebrity crashes onto TV screens on ITV next week. Yipde dee!!!!!!

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MISFITS WAKE FROM THE DEAD?

Those scary Ghouls the Misfits are rumoured to be reforming for next years Ozzfest and a headlining tour. Whether Glen Danzig can bury his hatchet and come back is unknown. Jerry has of course been dragging the Misfits corpse around on tour, while his brother Doyle has been doing his Gorgeous Frankenstein band.

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STRANGLERS GREATEST HITS TOUR

THE STRANGLERS
GREATEST HITS TOUR

SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE

FRIDAY 14TH & SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2008

The Stranglers bring to an end the UK leg of their hugely successful ‘Greatest Hits Tour’ with two consecutive dates at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November.

The gigs on the current tour have been getting an overwhelming thumbs-up from fans, press and industry pundits who unanimously concur that The Stranglers are purveying one of the slickest, most energetic shows currently on the circuit.

For further information please contact Dorothy Howe.
Tel: 020 8995 3920 Email: press@dorothyhowe.co.uk

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REBELLION HITS LONDON!

 

Its the best Damn Punk festival in the World and its rolling into London on Dec 13th. It is of course Rebellion, and wether its reformed 77 acts like the Shapes and the Radio Stars, newcomers like New Zealands the Rabble or headline legends the Damned-its  got it all.

Heres the facts-now go get yer tickets!!!!!

 

 

REBELLION XMAS KNEES UP!!!
December 13th 2008
12 noon till midnight
 
The Forum
Kentish Town
London
(nearest tube Kentish Town)
 
 
featuring
THE DAMNED
Special Guests to be confirmed
PENETRATION
UK SUBS
GOLDBLADE
THE YOBS
999
TV SMITH
RADIO STARS
THE SHAPES
THE RABBLE
PICTURE FRAME SEDUCTION
DJ, stalls etc
 
 
Tickets – £28.50  – rebelliontickets@btinternet.com <mailto:rebelliontickets@btinternet.com>
http://www.kentishtownforum.com/ <http://www.kentishtownforum.com/>
Tickets selling well this promises to be the best xmas party this year – not to be missed!!!!
 
 
The world’s biggest punk festival comes to London for its Christmas party!
 
Whilst festivals seem to be closing down all over the place the punk festivals are going from strength to strength- especially the daddy of them all- Rebellion.
Celebrating yet another sold out summer punk festival in Blackpool, Rebellion storms London on Dec 13th for a night of classic punk rock action that combines the classic withThe Dammed with the new-The Rabble and all styles in-between from the post punk heroes Penetration to Charlie Harper’s classic UK Subs to the firebrand revolutionary rock n roll of Goldblade to the impassioned genius of TV Smith- this is a bill that shows the breadth and depth of punk rock in 2008.
Rebellion haven been putting punk festivals on for 15 years and are the biggest and the best on the scene, the August Punk festival in Blackpool attracts people from all over the world and always sells out, this year it had more than 200 bands playing over 5 days and has become the focal point of the whole worldwide punk scene.
Punk rock is in rude health in the millennium- reaching out to all generations and this Christmas party at the Forum is a celebration of this.
 
 

 

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NEW IGGY POP BOX SET

Easy Action have just released the second of their excellent live Iggy Pop BOX sets
“Where the Faces Shine Volume 2”
1982-1989

Featuring over Over 100 tracks  its the ultimate Iggy Pop live experience. 6 cds and one dvd are included from his 80s  period when his band included Hanoi Rocks Andy M cCoy , the UK Subs Alvin Gibbs plus contributions from the Sex Pistols Steve Jones. Its the real deal!! Tracklisting is-

Disc One:   Zombie Birdhouse Tour

The Ritz New York  9th December 1982             79.24

1.    Little Boxes
2.    Raw Power
3.    Run like a villain
4.    Eat or be eaten
5.    Sixteen
6.    Street crazies
7.    Platonic
8.    Search & Destroy
9.    Angry Hills
10.    Life of work
11.    The Villagers
12.    Loose
13.    Ordinary
14.    Louie Louie
15.    Bang bang
16.    The Horse song
17.    Ballad of cookie mcbride
18.    Bulldozer
19.    Fall in love with me
20.    Kill city
21.    Your pretty face

Musicians: Frank Infante –guitar, Rob Duprey-guitar / keyboards, Michael Page-Bass, Larry Mysliewicz-Drums.

Disc Two: The Breaking Point Tour

Keystone Palo Alto , California  13th February 1983     69:04
1.    My name is iggy pop and here I am in your town
2.    Mass production
3.    Nightclubbing
4.    Eat or be eaten
5.    Endless sea
6.    I’m a conservative
7.    Street crazies
8.    The villagers
9.    Life of work
10.    Sixteen
11.    Run like a villain
12.    Angry Hills
13.    Some weird sin
14.    Loose
15.    I need more
16.    Bored
17.    Bang bang

Musicians: Frank Infante –guitar, Rob Duprey-guitar / keyboards, Michael Page-Bass, Larry Mysliewicz-Drums.

Disc Three : odds n sods  playin’ with cars n pistols  78:29

1.    Old Mule Skinner Blues      Ric Ocasek Demos Boston ‘83
2.    Warrior Tribe                     Ric Ocasek Demos Boston ‘83
3.    Fire Engine                         Ric Ocasek Demos Boston ‘83
4.    Repo Man                    Demo for Film Soundtrack with Steve Jones, Nigel Harrison & Clem Burke  Cherokee Studios L.A 15&16th March ’83
5.    Woman Dream                     Hancock Park Demos with Steve Jones for new album September ‘85
6.    When dreaming fails           Hancock Park Demos with Steve Jones for new album September ‘85
7.    Beside you                           Hancock Park Demos with Steve Jones for new album September ‘85
8.    Purple Haze                         Hancock Park Demos with Steve Jones for new album September ‘85
9.    Family affair                    Hancock Park Demos with Steve Jones for new album September ‘85
10.    Cry for Love                        Pre A&M Demo with Steve Jones
11.     Real Cool Time                   Live in Edinburgh Scotland 1987
12.    The Passenger                      Live in Edinburgh Scotland 1987
13.    I’m Sick of you                    Live in Bristol 11th June 1987    
14.    Cold Metal                                with Steve Jones live at the New York Ritz 20.7.88
15.    Squarehead                                with Steve Jones live at the New York Ritz 20.7.88
16.    No Fun                                      with Steve Jones live at the New York Ritz 20.7.88
17.    I Wanna Be Your Dog           with Steve Jones live at the New York Ritz 20.7.88
18.    Fire Girl                                     Demo

Disc Four: Blah blah blah tour 37:07
St Andrews Hall Detroit  8th November 1986

1.    I got a right
2.    Gimme Danger
3.    Some weird sin
4.    Real wild child
5.    Sister Midnight
6.    Blah blah blah
7.    Baby it cant fall
8.    Nightclubbing
9.    Fire Girl
10.    Five foot one
Disc  Five  47:26
11.    Shades
12.    TV Eye
13.    Down on the street
14.    China girl
15.    Hideaway
16.    Winners & losers
17.    Isolation
18.    Lust for life
19.    Raw Power
20.    Cry for love
Musicians : Kevin Armstrong Guitar , Phil Butcher Bass, Gavin Harrison Drums, Seamus Beaghen Keyboards & Guitar

Disc Six: The Warm up show for the Instinct tour

The Whiskey -a –go-go Los Angeles  8th July 1988  79:54

1.    Instinct
2.    Kill City
3.    1969
4.    Penetration
5.    Power & Freedom
6.    Shake appeal
7.    High on You
8.    Five Foot One
9.    The passenger
10.    Easy Rider
11.    Tuff Baby
12.    I Feel Alright (1970)
13.    Winners and Losers/ Scene of the Crime
14.    Search and Destroy
15.    Cold Metal                    
16.    Squarehead                   
17.    No Fun                         
18.    I Wanna Be Your Dog  
19.    Cold Metal   remix           Bonus track

Musicians: Andy McCoy – guitar, Seamus Beaghen – guitar / keyboards, Alvin Gibbs – Bass, Paul Garristo – Drums

Disc Seven
  -DVD: So this is TV….I’m not !
Recorded at Pinewood Studios in 1988
1.    Squarehead
2.    Cold Metal
3.    High On You
4.    No Fun
5.    I wanna be your dog
6.    I got a right
Musicians: Andy McCoy – guitar, Seamus Beaghen- guitar / keyboards, Alvin Gibbs – Bass, Paul Garristo – Drums
     7. Interview
Plus :
8. Making ‘Shades’ promo 1986
9. Interview Los Angeles 1988

•    Second in the series of fully authorised  Iggy Pop. Two years in the making this year by year document of live performances crams over 100 songs into this box set
•    Includes special rarities album featuring Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and Ric Ocasek of the Cars
•    Includes unreleased DVD “So this is TV ..I’m Not!”  DVD is standard region free classification exempt
•    7000 word liner notes by renowned rock journalist Kris Needs
•    Un published photographs feature throughout
•    The live shows featured in this box set have not even been bootlegged and have been digitally re-mastered and are extremely rare shows 
 

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DOUBLE PENETRATION! YIKES!!!

 

 

 

Pauline Murrays mighty Penetration release a double album from 2 live shows from 1978 and 1979  on Easy Action records. Playing Rebellion in nDec with the Damned, make sure you pick up this excellent double cd.

Disc One :
Thames Poly     16.12.78
1.    Future Daze     
2.    Life’s a gamble
3.    Lovers of Outrage
4.    VIP
5.    Vision        
6.    Too many friends  
7.    Nostalgia
8.    Movement
9.    NEVERr
10.    Stone Heroes
11.    Free money
12.    Silent Community
13.    Don’t dictate
14.    Duty Free Technology (encore)
15.     Firing Squad
16.    Money Talks

Disc Two :
     Newcastle   14.10.79
1.    Shout above the noise 
2.    Life’s a gamble 
3.    She is the slave
4.    Lifeline
5.    What’s going on?
6.    Movement
7.    You’re alone now
8.    Lovers of Outrage 
9.    Too many friends
10.    Killed in the rush
11.    New Recruit
12.    On Reflection
13.    Nostalgia
14.    Come in to the open
15.     Danger Signs 
16.      Free Money    (Encore)
17.     Stone Heroes   (split announcement)
18.     Future Daze
19.     Vip
20.     Money talks
21.     Neverr
22.     Duty free technology
23.     Don’t Dictate
24.     Firing Squad
25.    Don’t dictate
26.      Danger signs

•    30 years on from the release of Firing Squad single and the classic Moving Targets album and we present two classic live shows recorded on the manor mobile in 1978 & 1979. The latter being the show in which singer Pauline Murray  announces the band was breaking up , which then turned into a frantic nine song encore .
•    Penetration played a sold out show at London’s famous 100 Club in November 2007 to prove the fan base still exists for this one of the more able bands from the punk era.
•    Lenny Kaye said upon hearing Penetration’s version of his (co written with Patti Smith) song Free Money..”its better than ours !”
•    Marketing throughout the punk websites will alert fans to this eagerly awaited album
•    Album Cover designed by renowned artist Graham Humphries
•    Penetration are special guests of the Damned at London’s ‘Forum’ this December
 

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GIRLSCHOOL ROCK BACK!

The original all-female heavy rockers,  and pals of Motorhead, Girlschool, release their latest album “Legacy” on 3rd November 2008 through SPV/Steamhammer/Wacken records.

Legacy mixes old-school classic rock with modern influences and celebrates the band’s 30-years of female powered heavy rock.  To mark the milestone, some of Girlschool’s legendary rocking mates turned up and left their mark on the album, including Ronnie James Dio; Tony Iommi, Lemmy Kilmister & Phil Campbell (Motörhead); Fast Eddie Clarke (ex-Motörhead) and J.J. French & Eddie Ojeda (Twister Sister).

TRACK LISTING:

1.    Everything’s The Same    

2.    From The Other Side

3.    I Spy (Girlschool Mix)

4.    Spend Spend Spend         ( feat. J.J. French – guitar solo)

5.    Whole New World         ( feat. Neil Murray – bass, Phil Campbell – lead guitar solo)

6.    Just Another Day         ( feat. Phil Campbell – guitar solo)

7.    Legend                 ( feat. Neil Murray – bass)

8.    Still Waters

9.    Metropolis             ( feat. Fast Eddie Clarke – guitar solo) Motörhead cover

10.    Don`t Mess Around         ( feat. Eddie Ojeda – guitar solo)

11.    Zeitgeist

12.    Don’t Talk To Me             ( feat. Lemmy on bass, vocals and triangle)

Bonus Tracks:

13.    I Spy (Dio/Iommi Mix)         ( feat. Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Tony Iommi – lead guitar)

14.    Emergency

15.    London

Girlschool is comprised of: Kim McAuliffe – rhythm guitar, vocals; Enid Williams – bass, vocals; Denise Dufort – drums and Jackie Chambers – lead guitar

The ladies will be performing the following UK dates this year (and more to be announced):

Date    City    Venue    Ticket Price    Box Office

29th November    Blackburn    North Bar    £15.00    www.north-bar.org.uk

16th December    London    Astoria 2    £15.00    0870 154 40 40   

 

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Hit Me-Ian Dury hits the theatre.

HIT ME! The life and Rhymes of Ian Dury is opening at the Courtyard Theatre 40 Pitfield St London N1 from Nov 25th-14 Dec. This 2 man play explores the life of the former Blockhead and is based on interviews with friends  and explores his life as a heavy drinking rocker to an establishment figure!

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VIVE LE PUNK PRESENTS THE REZILLOS

VIVE LE PUNK PRESENTS…
THE REZILLOS
Vive Le Punk proudly presents the ‘70s Edinburgh punk/new wave heroes. Catch them performing the whole of their classic album ‘Can’t Stand The Rezillos’ in December: Southampton The Brook December 10, London Islington Bar Academy 11, Sheffield Corporation (NEW DATE FEB 7), Newcastle Academy II 17, Dunfermline Kinema 18, Aberdeen Lemon Tree 19, Glasgow ABC2 21, Edinburgh Liquid Room 22.

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CHUCK BERRY TO PLAY CAMDEN JAZZ CAFE!

CHUCK BERRY, ROCK & ROLL GUITAR LEGEND, TO PLAY TWO INTIMATE SHOWS AT THE JAZZ CAFÉ, NOVEMBER 08

"If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck
Berry’." John Lennon

Chuck Berry’s music has transcended generations. He earns respect to this day because he is truly an entertainer. Known as "The Father of Rock & Roll", Berry gained success by watching the audience’s reaction and playing accordingly and putting his listeners’ amusement above all else. For this reason, tunes like "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene" and "Memphis" have become anthems to an integrated American youth and popular culture.
Berry is a musical icon who established rock and roll as a musical form and brought the worlds of black and white together in song.

Following a triumphant set at the inaugural Camp Bestival this year, Berry will now perform on an entirely different scale. For just 2 nights audience members will pack themselves into the intimate surrounding of the Jazz Café and enjoy what will feel like a personal appearance for every individual in the room.

There really aren’t many artists deserving of the term ‘Legend’ left, but nobody would disagree that Berry has earned the status with (literally) flying colours, his guitar playing is unrivalled to this day and the energy he brings to his live performances belies his unbelievable 82 years of age. He’s always electric but up this close bring your rubber shoes or prepare for the shock factor: yes he still rocks better than the rest.

Mean Fiddler presents

Chuck Berry

Date:              Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th November Doors (7pm)

Venue:          Jazz Café, Parkway, Camden NW1

Tickets:         £53 + BF adv

Bookings:    Seetickets.com 0870 060 3777 24hr CC hotline

ON SALE 10AM THURSDAY 16 OCTOBER
 

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WIN UNDERTONES NEW RELEASES!

Vive Le Punk has ten copies of the new Undertones Anthology (see above) and ten copies of the new ‘Teenage Kicks’ 7" vinyl reissue to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one of each, just answer this easy question:

Q: WHICH MUCH MISSED DJ, PRESENTER AND JOURNALIST SAID THAT HIS FAVOURITE SONG WAS ‘TEENAGE KICKS’?

Send your answer, name and address to info@vivelepunk.net

Good luck!
 

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OCTOBER LIVE REVIEWS

GALLON DRUNK
London
Corsica Studios
July 16th
4/5
A rain-sodden night on a back street beneath a dank south London railway arch, the setting for tonight’s show could have come straight out of a Derek Raymond novel. For a band who over their twenty-year career have often appeared to have staggered off the pages of their own latter-day crime-pulp, these surroundings seem apt. Launching into ‘Dragging Along’, the ‘Drunk set their stall out, with sozzled dimestore-malevolence and fuzztoned grind to the fore. Hunkered over his distressed Fender Jaguar, head ’drunker James Johnston whips up an equally distressed twang with as much regard for fretting technique as a man with a mike in his left hand can possibly muster; be-shirted in retro-polyester and a heroic distance from his last encounter with shampoo, Johnston growls his blues between his guitar swipes. Terry Edwards meanwhile, a vision of spivvy cool in sharp dogtooth check, parps Funhousey free-jazz figures over the distorted throb. Dredging up the silt with recent single ‘Grand Union Canal’, and lurching through ‘Running Out Of Time’ and ‘Bad Servant’, Gallon Drunk steer their sozzled set towards its red-eyed climax, stirring up some neon-streaked London murk in the downbeat setting of the E & C.
Hugh Gulland

YOUNG LIVERS
DOWN AND OUTS, ATTACK! VIPERS!, CHILLERTON

London Brixton Windmill
October 4th
5/5
One of the most exciting new bands on No Idea’s impressive roster supported by some of the finest bands in the UK punk and hardcore scene at the moment? Yes, tonight was sure to be good. The first of tonight’s pair of Pompey bands (the second being Attack! Vipers!), CHILLERTON impress with their raw and emotional melodic punk. Fans of Jawbreaker take note. The energetic and vicious ATTACK! VIPERS! savage the crowd with their Converge-meets-Mogwai hardcore assaults and vocalist Joe Watson gives it everything as always. Liverpool street/pop punk hybrid DOWN AND OUTS get everyone singing along to their infectious tunes before Gainesville, Florida’s YOUNG LIVERS blow the roof off the place with their anthemic and discordant blasts. With three gravel-vocalled singers and a relentless sense of urgency that sees the songs on their debut ‘The New Drop Era’ and their recent split with Attack! Vipers! come alive, this is the perfect end to a varied and thrilling night of punk rock.
Ian Chaddock

THE LUCHAGORS
LOVE AND A .45

London Camden Purple Turtle
September 29th
3/5
The overly excited Monday night crowd at the Purple Turtle were out with good intentions, if not in droves. Most people were there to see the final night of the Luchagors’ UK tour and expectantly waiting to see if Amy Dumas, ex-WWE wrestler ‘Lita’ could put on a decent punk show. Support came first from Londoners LOVE AND A .45 who are currently tearing up the punk scene with catchy songs and gravely honesty – just don’t call them Paramore as one punter learnt the hard way!
The LUCHAGORS form a tight unit and are musically exactly what I wanted to hear – there are no weak links in this four piece from Georgia. Naming her band after a wrestling move, Dumas isn’t trying to shy away from her roots, but also doesn’t give out any attitude – she’s as happy playing to a Monday night punk crowd as anyone, no bodyguards and no bullshit. She also surprised me with her voice – I thought it might be all gimmick and no substance, not so. They finished on standout track ‘March Of The Luchagors’, a rallying cry to come on in and have a good time.
Hazel Savage

REBELLION FESTIVAL
Blackpool Winter Gardens
August 7th – 10th

Three months after the two day extravaganza that was Spring Rebellion 2008 in Vienna, Blackpool yet again played host to this summer’s Rebellion UK, seen by some as the most important festival of the year. Winter Gardens opened its doors to sea of punks, skins, psychobillies and old school boot boys anxiously awaiting Darren Russell’s punk alternative to the UK festival music scene on Thursday 7th August for fours days of live punk, oi!, ska, drink, and Max Splodge’s infamous and humorous bingo. With the deafening sets of Section 5, Total Chaos, Short Bus Window Lickers and Dom Collins opening the weekend, it was the bands of Friday that really worked festival punters into a punk rock frenzy.

Friday

New Zealand trio THE RABBLE (3/5) kicked off Friday in the Empress Ballroom. Shaking off their fear, the boys played energetically to their biggest crowd to date with their electrifying mixture of punk and ska. After a well received set, The Rabble left the audience wanting more, but there was little time to dwell on the fact as soon after the Manchester ska sensation Sonic Boom Six took to the stage followed by Watford’s own Argy Bargy. Rising oi! menace ARGY BARGY (5/5) delivered an explosive set with songs including ‘Light Over London’ and ‘No Regrets’ from their new album ’The Likes Of Us’. Watford John’s powerful street vocals accompanied by rock and roll rhythms, coupled with excitement and stage charisma, the North London boys set the mayhem for the rest of the weekend. Deadline, Love and a .45, Moral Dilemma, Fire Exit and London are just a handful of bands that kept the relentless rebels entertained until the first main act of the evening took to the stage. After 21 years of silence, THE BOOMTOWN RATS (4/5) have reformed as a 4 piece (minus Geldof) to thrash out their crossover of punk rock and new wave tunes. The good sound and a tight set was well received by the diverse crowd who particularly enjoyed ‘20th Century Girl’ and the new improved version of ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’. Meanwhile, over on the acoustic stage in ‘Bizarre Bazaar’, south London cockney duo CHAS AND DAVE (4/5) got the modest crowd into a hoe down mood with boot stomping and hands clapping in Blackpool’s first knees up since the Queens Coronation. With classics such as ‘Gertcha’, ‘Rabbit’ and ‘London Girl’ it just goes to show how much variety Darren Russell puts into these shows, and just how diverse the punk rock scene actually is.

Saturday

With an early start Saturday, the best hangover cure since the headache tablet, Max Splodge’s Bingo had the bands fresh from their morning sound checks in fits of laughter. Constantly repeating numbers, and giving out prices pinched from hotel rooms, the unlikely bingo caller put everyone in the right mood for another day of live bands and weak beer. PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES (4/5) packed out ‘The Arena’, with more trying to squeeze in, all anxious to see a glimpse of the no nonsense punk rock band that has been going for 30 years. The boys put on a good show but after a while, the sped up tracks all blended into one and making them hard to distinguish one from the other. However classics like ‘Band From The Pubs’ and ‘Run Like Hell’ got fists pumping, feet stomping and beer flying.

Lloyd Grossman’s 1970’s reformed new wave punk band JET BRONX AND THE FORBIDDEN (2/5) preformed a very easy going set, with Grossman playing some funky bass, accompanied by the vocal of ‘Valentine Guinness’ they were dishing up their own recipe of rock ‘n’ roll. However lack of enthusiasm on stage didn’t engage many punters but considering this was the band’s first festival since reforming, they did their best!
Edinburgh’s punk rockers THE REZILLOS (3/5) delivered a classic set covering all their best hits such as ‘Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight!’, ‘Getting Me Down’ and ‘Flying Saucer Attack’, with a glitzy glam punk rocking image and powerful struts on stage, accompanied by thumping guitars, but on the other hand were let down by a distorted echoey sound, but fans remained content. STIFF LITTLE FINGERS (5/5) followed on from The Rezillos to a crowd of thousands, all anxious to catch a glimpse of Jake Burns and his crew smashing out their catchy punk tunes. From the moment the band took to the stage the audience went mental, and from here on in the set just got better and better. Each band member putting in the energy of a new band playing for the first time, with bassist Ali McMordie especially taking over every available piece of stage he could, running and jumping around. ‘Strummerville’ made an early appearance in the set, along with ‘Barbed Wire Love’, but unlike most bands, the set order made little difference to the feel of the gig. ‘Alternative Ulster’ was the song to close the show leaving everyone in on a high ready for the band that everyone had flocked to Blackpool to see. Cock Sparrer. In 1972 four mates from an East London school started a band. 36 years, after a few line up changes over the years, COCK SPARRER (5/5) are one of the most influential, iconic and genre breaking bands on the punk scene. Mixing political punk lyrics with catchy lead guitars and heavy bass lines, and the occassional love song thrown in for good messure. Another packed room in the venues biggest arena, Cock Sparrer, as always, fulfil all expections everyone had of them. Playing tight and professionally (not a word you hear a lot in punk circles) while still having a laugh on stage. From Colin’s jokes to his re-entrance to the stage for their first encore wearing a police helmet ready for ‘Riot Squad’, without a doubt Cock Sparrer was the band to really made Rebellion the weekend it was, the one band everyone wanted to see, and the one band who after 1am finish and another 5 hours of drinking could be up at 11am looking for a fish and chips with a Guinness to wash it down. And to top it all off, on Sunday morning, Colin and Micky joined Middle Finger Salute on stage to replay ‘Because You’re Young’.

Sunday

The escapade of Rebellion 2008 was dawning to a close end upon Blackpool’s punk rockers, and kick starting the day was Blackburn’s punk rocking quartet MIDDLE FINGER SALUTE (4/5). Over the past year MFS have gone from strength to strength. Their original punk rock sound is tuneful yet aggressive and even though they were on early Sunday afternoon, enough people had made it out of bed to make it all worth while. Lead vocalist Calum really knows how to work his audience, cracking jokes between songs and digging into his guitar to make the whole sound experience one to remember. MFS are set to climb the punk rock social ladder over the next few years, starting with a support slot with Rancid this November! The four piece punk band STRAWBERRY BLONDES (3/5) rocked the pavillion with spitting attitude and a booming thrashy sound, as they hit the stage frantically with a fast paced rhythm, Strawberry Blondes will be touring with the likes of Millencolin and Neville Staples later this year so catch them near you! Andy Scott’s own reformation of THE SWEET (5/5) gave an outstanding performance bringing back the original days of true glam rock. Accompanied by high pitched vocals, outlandish lighting, roaring guitars, and glitz glam fashion, the Rebellion punters couldn’t resist a good old sing a long. Soaring through infamous hits such as ‘Teenage Rampage’, ‘Wig Wam Bam’ and ‘Ballroom Blitz’, the hall of the Empress Ballroom had an eccentric atmosphere as crowds among crowds couldn’t help but sing to one another, chanting to every word in awe of true honest glam rock. The Sweet did not disappoint. The legend that is Charlie Harper, vocalist of UK SUBS (3/5), had no problems packing out The Empress Ballroom, with the full original 1970’s line up by his side. With Harper taking on the show like a breeze, the Subs produced a well received set, with a crystal clear sound and punks stomping their feet continiously to all those dear Subs hits we love so much, from ‘Warhead’, ‘Stranglehold’ and ‘I Live In
A Car’ the show only got better for the audience of Blackpool. With the Gary Hodges’ 4- Skins closing this year’s Rebellion festival 2008, We now await anxiously for the next Rebellion, eager for more…
Nick Quinn/Samantha Bruce

THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT
NASHVILLE PUSSY, VINCE RAY & THE BONESHAKERS

London Astoria 2
August 6th
5/5
Rednecks and psychos aplenty flocked to this sold-out rock ‘n’ roll cavalcade but, due to the questionable 6pm start, they don’t all come at once. Kicking off are VINCE RAY & THE BONESHAKERS and although the cult pin up artist, whose designs you’ll know from T-shirts and record sleeves worldwide, and his band provide an above average set of rockabilly tunes, including the hot-boppin ‘Everybody Smokes In Hell’, the small crowd seem unimpressed: a crying shame! Husband and wife team NASHVILLE PUSSY take to the stage next and by now both tiers of the LA2 are teeming with angry fans, but equipment troubles see the band leave after only a couple of songs. A disappointing half an hour later, The Pussy return and play a hard rockin’, if a little concise, set of southern sleaze, throwing in favourites ‘Go Muthafucka Go’, ‘You’re Goin’ Down’ and a headbanging cover of ‘Nutbush City Limits’. There’s still a bad taste left in everyone’s mouth as the band leave, but that all changes when Jim Heath steps onstage in a flame tipped suit, signature Gretch in hand and flashes a smile that’s oozing with Texan charm. After exploding into ‘The Baddest Of The Bad’, THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT treat the congregation to a host of cover songs from past decades, including punkabilly takes on ‘Greensleeves’, ‘Paranoid’ and ‘In Bloom’, proving the holy man and his pastors can convert any genre to the faith. Next it’s back to their own classics, with ‘Galaxy 500’, ‘Martini Time’ and ‘Bales Of Cocaine’. Jim’s fingers seem to somersault off the fret board in a blur and as the band leave the stage, the crowd scream for more. A short while later, they get it, with Blaine from Nashville Pussy joining the rock ‘n’ roll trio onstage for a rendition of ‘Ace Of Spades’, diving into the heaving pit at its climax. Topping the night off with the wrecktastic ‘Psychobilly Freakout’ and ‘The Big Red Rocket Of Love’, breaking midway for a trio of awesome solos, the crowd are left thoroughly satisfied. Praise the word!
Tom Williams

16TH PSYCHOBILLY MEETING
June 26th-29th
Pineda Del Mar
Spain
5/5
This was the year that the annual Spanish Psychobilly Meeting became the scene’s official favourite festival. There had been fears that having moved up the beach from its previous spiritual home in Calella things just wouldn’t be the same. The fears proved right – it was twice as good. The new beachfront semi-permanent marquee was perfect, as was the whole event. The four day festival kicked off on the Thursday kicked off with all-girl Brazilian band AS DIABATZ who were only on their fourth gig ever but went down well, BEN COOPER ROCKIN’ pleased many but it was SPELLBOUND who got the place jumping for the first time of the festival, cracking set. Veteran’s THE BOPPIN KIDS preceded the headliners THE DEAD KIDS who are fronted by Koefte of Mad Sin fame. The name was almost apt as a falling lighting rig nearly killed the lot of them during a freak storm the brought the opening night to an end (footage ‘The Dead Kings – The End’ on YouTube). On Friday TABALTIX started the trend showing the massive talent of the new breed early playing American bands that are emerging on the scene. It was the old guard that took the limelight though, THE KLINGONZ put on a massive show, featuring clowns and fire-breathers and a severe rocking performance, a hard act to follow, but it was BATMOBILE headlining and they blew the place away, showing why they have been top of their game for decades. BAMBOULA once again displayed the talent of the young Americans but Saturday was a night of old school headliners, ROCHEE AND THE SARNOS were Klub Foot Favourites and went down well, but THE LONG TALL TEXANS had the place in a wrecking frenzy with their set of classic after classic that incorporated new tracks that still sounded like classics. THE GUANA BATZ headlined and rose to the unenviable task of following them, but follow them they did, Pip and the Batz belied the years and put on a show that would have had a Klub Foot pit begging for mercy. Sunday was hard work, for bands and fans competing with the football. THE CRACKS from Japan were a revelation, tons of make-up, great songs and a monks habits added by a Texan guest made for a top show. BANG BANG BAZOOKA rocked, and the COFFIN NAILS followed. As always they were great, Humungous seemed thirsty but the party onstage spilled off it, perfect. NIGEL LEWIS headlined, everyone was fucked by this time but it only takes a verse or two of ‘My Daddy Is A Vampire’ from the granddaddy of the genre to inject some reserves of energy into a psycho crowd. A fitting end to what is a must-attend festival. It’s a budget flight to Barcelona away – be there next year.
Simon Nott

 

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