SISTERS OF MERCY are to issue an expanded vinyl version of their classic early years compilation.

Originally released on CD in 1992, Some Girls Wander By Mistake comprises all the band’s originally singles and b-sides on their own Merciful Release label from 1980 to ’83, including the rare ‘Damage Done’ 7″, featuring only Andrew Eldritch and original guitarist Gary Marx.

The new box set features the compilation as a double-vinyl LP for the first time. It also adds two 12″ singles, including a 1993 rerecording of their 1982 breakthrough single ‘Alice’ and a version of ‘Temple Of Love’ featuring Israeli singer Ofra Haza, a Top 3 hit for the band in 1992.

The album’s title comes from a lyric in the Leonard Cohen song ‘Teachers’,covered live by the band frequently. It appears on the album Songs Of Leonard Cohen, alongside the song ‘Sisters Of Mercy’, from which they take their name.

Some Girls Wander By Mistake is set for release through Rhino on 1 September. Full tracklisting is as follows….

Side One

1. “Alice”
2. “Floorshow”
3. “Phantom”
4. “1969”

Side Two
1. “Kiss The Carpet”
2. “Lights”
3. “Valentine”
4. “Fix”
5. “Burn”
6. “Kiss The Carpet” – Reprise

Side Three
1. “Temple Of Love” – Extended Version 1983
2. “Heartland”
3. “Gimme Shelter”

Side Four
1. “The Damage Done”
2. “Watch”
3. “Home Of The Hit-Men”
4. “Body Electric”
5. “Adrenochrome”
6. “Anaconda”

Temple of Love (12”)
Side One
1. “Temple Of Love” – Touched by the Hands of Ofra Haza

Side Two
1. “Vision Thing” – Canadian Club Remix

Under The Gun (12”)
Side One
1. “Under The Gun” – Metropolis Mix

Side Two
1. “Alice” – 1993 Version
2. “Under The Gun” – Jutland Mix


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Rockney rascals CHAS & DAVE have announced a ‘Spring Beano’ at London’s Royal Albert Hall next year.

The gig on 20 April is the North Londoners’ first time at the venue since their first legendary sold-out show in 2014, and follows a triumphant return to live performance at last week’s British Summer Time festival, after Chas Hodges’ treatment for cancer of the oesophagus earlier in the year.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 14 July here.

Veterans of the London rock’n’roll scene with more than 50 years of service, the pair had played their final tour together in 2013 – including a performance at Rebellion – following Dave Peacock’s decision to retire, but were coaxed back by public demand. Their most recent studio album was That’s What Happens, released through Warner Bros later that year. They released a live album and DVD Not Just Anuvver Beano, a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their debut album, at the end of last year.

Chas & Dave have a full run of dates, both new and rescheduled, taking them up to the end of the year. Check their website for details.

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Journalist Anu Shukla recently eavesdropped on a conversation between the legendary LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY and Martin ‘Youth’ Glover of KILLING JOKE backstage at The Boileroom in Guildford…..

A magical mystical tour with Mr Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

We raced down the M25 at breakneck speed. Tonight, an hour before he was due on stage, we’d nailed a date with Mr Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Killing Joke bassist Martin ‘Youth’ Glover was to lead the conversation. His contribution to the Scratch version of Golden Clouds with the Orb would no doubt get a mention.

The place was rammed wall-to-wall as we struggled to walk through the doors of Surrey’s Boiler Room Club. We fought through the crowd, scrambled up a flight of stairs and found ourselves facing a crew of unflinching comrades. These cats were serious but somehow, we got the green light, ditched our bags and got cameras prepped for the mayhem below.

He was about to come on stage anytime soon. The crowd was going nuts with anticipation. Rapturous applause and whistling welcomed Scratch to the stage. And as he got into full swing, dreadlocks of fellow punters crashed into my face while I tried to steady my camera. A Scottish dude next to me hollered like man possessed as we stood squashed like sardines inching our way to the front.

Perry has made over a thousand albums and as Youth later told me: “I’ve seen him play countless times but there’s been occasions where I haven’t recognised a single track because he’s made so many.” Iron Shirt though, was at least one everyone did… And it was evident it was the legend that is Scratch most had come to see.

He was in top form and high spirits as fans reached out to light up his joint. Bouncing ecstatically, they moshed like mad. It felt a lot more intense than the Village Underground gig where he had played the previous night.

This was the ultimate LSP magical mystery tour. The night before at a collaborative exhibition with artist Peter Harris, we got a glimpse into the mind of the indefatigable Scratch. From Genesis to Revelation: The Higher Powers Bible was essentially the Bible according to LSP with images which included the artist giving birth to himself, while another depicted the Queen as a ‘blood sucker’. Adrian Sherwood was on the decks and joined by the likes of Coldcut’s Jonathon Moore and the Pop Group’s Mark Stewart amongst a string of others.

This was one mental weekend of pure Perry power. So here we were at its apex. And once again, we found ourselves fighting through 300 die-hard fans to reach him for our scheduled chinwag. Youth was nowhere to be seen amongst the hordes of people but there was no time to lose. Spotting him mid-conversation with a Killing Joke fan, I dragged him up the stairs past a queue of journalists and fans. Beaming insanely into the unsmiling face of a band member, we were greeted with a stern: “You’re Anu, right?” We were in.

Lee walked into the kitchen and the magic began. He exuded an enigmatic energy that filled the room with a bright light, greeting each of us with a big warm hug. There was no way of knowing the direction this conversation would take. But there’s a lot of ground to cover with a legend like Scratch and unless you can manipulate the space-time continuum, there’s only one thing you can do and that’s to go with the flow. Special things happen in life sometimes and this was certainly one of them. We were positively levitating. Hope you enjoy the film.


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Rejuvenated post-punk stalwarts FOLK DEVILS and INCA BABIES hit the road this week on a joint UK tour.

Both bands emerged – from West London and Manchester respectively – during the mid-80s trading on the same dark blues-infused swamp-punk as fellow travellers THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE SCIENTISTS and THE GUN CLUB.

Folk Devils returned last summer on the back of the overdue and much acclaimed anthology Beautiful Monsters through Optic Nerve Recordings. Parting Shots’ Dave Hodgson replaces original frontman Ian Lowery, who sadly died in 2001.

Check out ‘English Disease’.

Based around founder member Harry Stafford, Inca Babies reformed in 2007, releasing their latest album The Stereo Plan in 2014.

Watch them performing ‘Opium Den’ on German TV.

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Full dates are….

Fri 14 July – Manchester, The Whiskey Jar
Sat 15 July – London, The Shacklewell Arms *
Sun 16 July – Northampton, The Charles Bradlaugh *
Thurs 20 July – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Fri 21 July – Glasgow, O2 ABC2
Sat 22 July – Bethesda, North Wales, Neuadd Ogwen

*Also featuring VENUS FY TRAP

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GREEN ON RED legend CHRIS CACAVAS flies in for a pair of rare UK dates next week.

As well as being keyboard-player on all the Tucson-via-LA band’s classic recordings up to 1987, Cacavas was a major figure on the 80s ‘paisley underground’ scene, working with GIANT SAND, THE DREAM SYNDICATE, TRUE WEST and NAKED PREY, eventually forming his own band JUNKYARD LOVE.

Based in Germany for some years, in 2013 Cacavas collaborated with Edward Abbiati of Italian roots-rock stars LOWLANDS, resulting in the album Me And The Devil on Harbour Song Records.

Check out the video for ‘Back Against The Wall’.

This year they pair hooked up again to play live with a bespoke backing band THE DIRTY DEVILS, featuring bassist Joe Barreca, drummer Andrea Paradiso and Italian blues guitar legend Maurizio ‘Gnola’ Glielmo.

Unfortunately, Abbiati has had to bow out for health reasons, but Cacavas and the Devils are going ahead with the dates at….

Fri 14 July – Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Sat 15 July – Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Leytonstone, London

They’ll be joined by THE LUCKY STRIKES on both dates, plus BOB COLLUM in Southend and HAWK SOOLD of PLASTIC PALS in London.

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THE PROFESSIONALS have announced an intimate one-off London show to celebrate the release of their first new album in 36 years.

What In The World belatedly follows on from the band’s debut I Didn’t See It Coming released in November 1981.

The show takes place at The Garage, Highbury Corner on Saturday 28 October. Tickets are available here.

Formed by Paul Cook and Steve Jones after the split of the SEX PISTOLS, the band returned in 2015 and still feature Cook and bassist Paul Myers from the classic line-up, with Tom Spencer of THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG and BIG BOY TOMATO in the role of frontman and guitarist.

Although Jones, now based in the US, has so far declined to rejoin the band, he does put in an appearance on the album, alongside such special guests as Duff McKagan, Mick Jones, Marco Pirroni and Billy Duffy.  It’s available to pre-order here.
Coincidentally, 28 October is also the 40th Anniversary of the Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks album, making the Garage gig a very special double celebration.
You’ll be able to catch the band before then at Rebellion on 4 August.
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Purveyors of punky spacefolk, SONS OF SOUTHERN ULSTER have three Irish dates lined up next month.

The enigmatic partnership of Justinus J. Kelly and David J. Meagher from Cavan can be experienced at the following dates….

August 3rd World Academy of Music, University of Limerick (lunchtime)
August 4th Arts and Culture Centre, Bailieboro, Co. Cavan
August 5th Washerwoman Bar, Ballina, Co.Tipperary

Check out the video for ‘The Pop Inn’.

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Legendary West London punks THE LURKERS are to get a long awaited career overview with a new box set!

Formed on the mean streets of Uxbridge, the band were the first artists to release a record on Beggars Banquet, scoring an impressive FIVE Top 75 singles during their first 18 months, including the punk disco staples ‘Shadow’, ‘Ain’t Got A Clue’ and ‘New Guitar In Town’.

Now Beggars Arkive are redressing the balance with a 4oth Anniversary 5-CD box set, including the band’s first two classic Beggars albums Fulham Fallout and God’s Lonely Men, a disc of single tracks and demos, 21 BBC session tracks and the collaborative album by Lurkers and Boys guitarists Pete Stride and Honest John Plain, New Guitars In Town, released on CD for the first time ever.

The release is accompanied by a reissue of that first classic Beggars 7″ ‘Shadow’ c/w ‘Love Story’. Says Beggars founder Martin Mills, Underneath our Fulham shop (Beggars Banquet record store) we had a basement which we turned into a rehearsal room where punk bands like Generation X went to rehearse. One of the other bands that rehearsed down there was The Lurkers. The manager of the shop, Mike Stone, started to manage the band because they needed help. Then he needed help so we started managing them and trying to get them a deal – but we couldn’t. This was 1976 and at that point there weren’t very many labels, and each one had already signed their one punk band – and that was it. So we set about doing the record ourselves in a way that is now second-nature to almost anyone in a band. But then it was such an unusual thing to do. Then there was no road-map. There were no small independent record companies, so we worked out how to put a record out ourselves. We ended up putting out our first single by The Lurkers soon after Stiff put out ‘Buy 1’ with Nick Lowe and Chiswick put out their first single. So the three of us started at pretty much the same time. It was a lot of fun and a piece of cake, to be honest, because there were so few punk singles around that everyone bought everything there was. There was this completely captive market. So we did another Lurkers single which was just as much fun. Then we thought, let’s put out an album, and we did. Which was Streets, a punk compilation album from all the independent labels that were suddenly springing up. After this we put out the first Lurkers album.”

Set for release on 28 July, the Lurkers box set is available to pre-order here.

Watch The Lurkers perform ‘I Don’t Need To Tell Her’ on Revolver.

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Following on from intensive touring of the USA and an appearance at last weekend’s British Summer Time festival with GREEN DAY, RANCID, etc, THE DAMNED have announced a major tour for the new year.

The Evil Spirits Tour will kick off on 26 January 2018 in Newcastle and wind up at The Forum in London on 17 February.

The band recently signed new album deal with Search And Destroy Records through Spinefarm/Universal.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 7 July here.

Full dates are…..

26 January Newcastle O2 Academy
27 January Dundee Caird Hall
28 January Glasgow O2 Academy
30 January Leeds O2 Academy Leeds
31 January Manchester Academy 1
1 February Birmingham O2 Academy
3 February Leicester O2 Academy
4 February Nottingham Rock City
6 February Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
7 February Southend Cliffs Pavilion
9 February Cardiff Great Hall
10 February Bristol O2 Academy Bristol
11 February Bournemouth O2 Academy
13 February Southampton O2 Guildhall
14 February Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
17 February London O2 Forum


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Punk-blues outfit J.D. HANGOVER prepare for the long-awaited release of their debut EP with their first ever video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Barrelhouse Queen’ is the opening cut from the 6-track eponymous release which is set to drop this autumn through Annibale Records, also responsible for releases from Dead Coast, Go!Zilla, The Shivas, Kim & The Created, etc.

Steeped in the murky twilight of East London villainy, the minimalist video was shot in the suitably noirish locations of the Greenwich foot tunnel and Hackney’s notorious ‘murder mile’, Lower Clapton Road.

J.D. Hangover is the latest project of Italian punk-blues legend Stiv Cantarelli and Roberto Villa from STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS, whose acclaimed second album Banks Of The Lea (produced by Pete Bennett of MONKEY ISLAND) received a glowing 9 out of 10 review from Vive Le Rock back in 2014.

Written in the back of a van between gigs, and recorded at Villa’s analogue studio in the town of Forli, the songs on the EP meld the influence of Delta bottleneck blues, garage fuzz and the propulsive, motorik drum-machine rhythm of Suicide.

Says Stiv, “We wanted to recreate the same atmosphere of being in one room with all the gear and playing live. So we put a 50s RCA microphone in between us and the tube amps that we used to amplify the instruments and the drum machine. That mic recorded the reverb, the noises, the sights, the moving feet, the crackling chairs in the room. We mixed it with guitar feedback, tape delay and the organ fuzz tone. We played it back and we thought we nailed it.”

The pair are currently planning UK dates for the autumn.

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Sisterly Hastings punks MAID OF ACE head off on a trek around Europe and the UK over the summer, and they’re heralding the dates with a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Hollywood Rain’ is taken from the band’s second album Maid In England, which was released last year. It’s available to buy here.

The video is once again the work of acclaimed filmmaker Mark Richards.

Maid Of Ace make their annual appearance at Wonkfest at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London this Saturday 1 July, alongside WONK UNIT, THE PARKINSONS, THE MURDERBURGERS, THE CRAVATS and many more. Tickets are available here.

They then head off to Germany the Czech Republic and France, before returning to the UK at the beginning of August in time to put in an appearance at Rebellion.

Full dates are….

Jul 01 – WONKFEST 5 – London, United Kingdom
Jul 13 – Panic Room – Essen, Germany
Jul 14 – Back To Future Festival – Glaubitz, Germany
Jul 15 – Mighty Sounds Festival – Tábor, Czech Republic
Jul 17 – l’entracte deux – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France
Jul 18 – Deep Inside Klub Rock – Dijon, France
Jul 19 – Hurricanes Pub – Tours, France
Jul 20 – Le Ferrailleur – Nantes, France
Jul 21 – Festival Art Sonic – Briouze, France
Jul 22 – Panic Fest Open Air – Saint-Félix, France
Aug 02 – New Cross Inn – London, United Kingdom (w/ MDC)
Aug 04 – REBELLION FESTIVAL – Blackpool, United Kingdom
Aug 06 – Outcider Festival – Somerset, United Kingdom
Aug 07 – The Fleece – Bristol, United Kingdom (w/ THE CREEPSHOW)
Aug 10 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, United Kingdom (w/ THE CREEPSHOW)
Aug 11 – Boomtown Fair – Winchester, United Kingdom
Aug 12 – Bedford Esquires – Bedford, United Kingdom (w/ THE CREEPSHOW)

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Electro-industrial titans FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY play a one-off London date this summer.

The date at the O2 Academy, Islington on 24 August is the only UK show on the band’s European Tour. Support comes from German duo DER REST Tickets are available here.

Formed in Vancouver in 1986 by former SKINNY PUPPY man Bill Leeb, FLA were initially influenced by early electronica, going on to introduce elements  of dance and industrial metal through a string of classic albums including Caustic Grip, Millennium and Hard Wired. The band’s most recent album Echogenetic was released in 2016, and was seen by many as a return to their ’90s form.

Rejoined by original member Rhys Fulber, FLA are currently working on new material.

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Confrontational Surrey sax-punks GUTTFULL are set to release their debut EP next month.

The 6-track #notallmen features their fist-raising debut single ‘Arsehole’ that was released in celebration of President Trump’s inauguration, with the video featured on Vive Le Rock. Watch it here.

The EP is available to pre-order through Bandcamp.

Formed in Esher late last year, Guttfull feature two members of legendary Socialist r’n’b band THEE FACTION – Cassie Fox (guitar) and Phil Whaite (sax) – along with singer Moe Tasker, bassist Gemma Gompertz and drummer Louis Richardson.

The band have played several gigs for promoter/label Loud Women, of which Fox is founder. They have a number of dates lined up, including an official EP launch at London’s Lexington on Thursday 20 July with SKINNY GIRL DIET. Full dates are….

14 July – Birmingham – The Flapper
20 July – London official launch – The Lexington tickets
24 August – Southend – The Railway Tavern
2 Sept – London – LOUD WOMEN Fest


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There’s just a handful of tickets left for the biggest punk gig in London this year!

Part of the British Summer Time season in Hyde Park, this Saturday 1 July sees long-serving East Bay pop-punks GREEN DAY stop by on their Revolution Radio Tour, aided and abetted by Bay Area Neighbours RANCID.

A full supporting cast features UK punk legends THE DAMNED, THE STRANGLERS, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS plus garage Swedes THE HIVES, New York gypsy-punks GOGOL BORDELLO, Aussie punkabillies THE LIVING END, sometime D GENERATION frontman JESSE MALIN, REPLACEMENTS bassist Tommy Stinson’s BASH & POP and Philly youngsters BEACH SLANG plus loads more.

Tickets are on sale here.

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Noted photographer Jim Jimmy James has recently published a brilliant limited edition photo book called Gents & Herberts, featuring icons from the world of punk and oi! They include Charlie Harper (pictured) of the UK SUBS, Knox (Knox) from the VIBRATORS, Roi Pearce of THE LAST RESORT, Mensi of the ANGELIC UPSTARTS and Jeff Turner of COCKNEY REJECTS.

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You can win a copy of the highly collectable book by going to Jim’s JustGiving page and entering a raffle to raise money for Changing Tunes, a non-profit organisation that donates instruments to prisoners to help with rehabilitation.

You can enter the raffle as many times as you like for a minimum donation of £3 per go. Please leave your name when making the donation, and don’t forget to tick the box which allows Jim to contact you, otherwise he won’t be able to let you know if you’ve won.

The draw closes on 5 August. Good luck!


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The ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE return with a punked-up cover of THE SLICKERS’ reggae classic ‘Johnny Too Bad’, and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The track is just one of ten classics from the Trojan Records catalogue featured on League Style, a project that’s been years in the making. ANL frontman and founder Animal is a longtime fan of the Jamaican artists whose songs are covered here including The Slickers, Dandy Livingstone, The Kingstonians, Prince Buster, and more. It follows on form the band’s most recent album of original material, The Cage, released last summer.

League Style is available now on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl through Cleopatra Records.

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With glam-goth legends GENE LOVES JEZEBEL set to release their first new album in 14 years, they’ve announced a new single ‘Summertime’ and lined up an intimate London gig next week.

Produced by legendary producer Peter Walsh, Dance Underwater was funded through a PledgeMusic campaign and finds original frontman Jay Aston joined by James Stevenson, Chris Bell and Pete Rizzo. It’s set for release on 30 June through Westworld and is available to pre-order here.

Gene Loves Jezebel play the Black Heart, Camden on Monday 26 June. Tickets priced £15 are available here.


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